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Drive-By Truckers Make Their Highest Debut Ever !

#22 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART #1 ON THE INDIE CHART “America’s greatest rock band.”  Billboard “Drive-By Truckers are the best rock band in America.” CNN.com New York, NY – Drive-By Truckers’ The Big To-Do debuted at #22, the band’s highest debut ever, on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, #1 on the Indie […]

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Ashton Shepherd Interview

On stage one minute, getting dirty milking cows the next. That’s what Ashton Shepherd calls a perfect day. “I don’t mind gettin’ dirty,” the country music entertainer says. On the day I caught up with Asthon she was preparing to muddy up her boots, “We bought a couple of milkin’ cows. We weren’t happy with […]

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Review: Sidewalk Dave – Gold Liquid Mischief (Sidewalk Dave)

Sophomore efforts are often notoriously inferior to a band’s successful debut (think Spin Doctors, Georgia Satellites, Hootie and the Blowfish). Only the very best artists avoid the Sophomore Slump, the dreaded second album, by releasing a more compelling effort than the first. Sidewalk Dave have grabbed that old albatross by the throat and throttled it […]

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SxSW 2010 DAY FOUR

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of SxSW adventures, I have never encountered a night as cold as Saturday.  To call it “unseasonable” does not begin to do it justice. The mercury dropped to 37 degrees, accented by a biting wind howling through the streets […]

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SxSW 2010 DAY THREE

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR As I blog about last night’s SxSW shows, it is 43 degrees, windy, gray and rainy outside.  Forty-three degrees? I thought this was supposed to be Texas!  I’m thinking I’m going to cover lots of indoor shows tonight. I spent much of […]

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SxSW 2010 DAY TWO:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR Thursday was a more unpredictable and chaotic day that Wednesday for me at South by Southwest.  Some of my plans didn’t pan out, some that did pan out weren’t as memorable as I had hoped, and some of my favorite moments weren’t […]

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SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of attending this festival, I have not missed a night of SxSW. And, yet, Wednesday night, SxSW 2010, stands out as one of the most extraordinary and enjoyable nights of music I have ever experienced here.  I heard a […]

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Dolly Parton opens first retail store in Nashville March 12

She’s an icon, whether it’s for her singing, her movies, or her… curves. And now country music queen Dolly Parton has opened her first-ever retail store in Nashville, Dolly Parton’s Trinkets & Treasures, and plans to be on hand and in person for the official grand opening and pink ribbon cutting on Friday, March 12. […]

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South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

Prologue For one week each year, Austin, Texas becomes the coolest place on earth. Sure, the locals (myself included) well tell you that regardless of the time of year you visit. But, for five days each March, it is gospel truth. Austin’s annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or just “South by” to cognoscenti), […]

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