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Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Being new to the world of album reviews, I decided to just write whatever popped into my head while listening to Le Pop for the first time (not unlike anything else I write, ever). So: I generally love things with bells and accordion-sounding instruments, so this sounds really promising from moment one, and very eclectic, […]

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Win Free Copies of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s New CD!

We love Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new CD, The Age of Miracles. Judging by the emails we’ve gotten here and the many comments over at our No Depression page, fans are also excited. In case you missed it, people are saying wonderful things about her music: …a mostly quiet album, yet luckily free from melancholy navel-gazing. […]

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The Higgins – Dreamers Like Us

Talented trio of John, Eileen and Kathleen Higgins offer a pleasing array of new material on Dreamers Like Us, released June 8, 2010 on Open Road Recordings. The Higgins have teamed up with some very skilled writers on this album, including Liz Rose, who wrote “White Horse” by Taylor Swift, and cowrote Swift’s cleverly-phrased fan […]

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Tunng …And Then We Saw Land

I have no valid reasoning behind the formation of the following opinion: This album would be really good to listen while relaxing in a park with your legs kicking in the air as you search Craigslist’s missed connections for the person you lost your virginity to. Maybe it was 10 years ago. Maybe it was […]

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David Nail tries ‘Making the Team’ with the St. Louis Cards

David nail swings and … well, you’ll see how he does trying out for the St. Louis Cardinals, during his “Making the Team” series  airing at CMT.com. The webisodes feature Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, Mark McGwire and new music by David Nail. Watch all five episodes at CMT.com, and don’t forget to return for […]

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Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean dies at 81

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean died Sunday night (June 13) at his home in Varina, Va., at age 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, told The Associated Press her husband had health problems but was still functioning well and was looking forward to his formal induction into the Hall of Fame later this year […]

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12 Questions with Derek Hoke

Twelve is an iconic number. There were the 12 Tribes of Israel, there are 12 eggs in a dozen, and 12-step programs. Twelve is also a sublime mathematical number, there are 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 disciples of Christ, 12 months in a year, 12 strikes to a perfect game in bowling . . […]

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CMT Awards: From a local’s point of view

I won’t say I wasn’t star-struck, because that would be a lie. But I was star-struck from a distance, across the span of an arena, separated by a hundred yards of teeming, screaming fans. And I was star-struck in a way that only happens when you know you might see one of these people any […]

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