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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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John McEuen – “Workingman’s Banjo”

No doubt, John McEuen is a lot of things to a lot of people.  He’s a multi-instrumentalist, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, solo artist, producer, documentarian, film scorer, concert promoter, and XM radio host.  In addition to being a husband and father of six, he’s also a close friend of Steve Martin, […]

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Nashville Scene: How NOT to Act at Bonnaroo

Middle Tennessee is the place to be. Yes, the Big B. Bonnaroo. For those of you who’ve been living Eric Rudolph-style in caves off the grid for the past few years, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee every June (the […]

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Billboard Features Jewel’s Cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”

Jewel covers Neil Young In support of her new album, Sweet and Wild, and as part of this week’s Mashup Mondays series on Billboard.com, Jewel covered Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.” Jewel “puts a feminine, breathy, melancholy-but-gentle twist on the Canadian rock legend’s track.” Listen closely because Jewel’s otherworldly good looks can […]

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Kid Rock prepares to party at CMT Music Awards tonight!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Kid Rock won’t be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. “They’re just kind of loose and fun, and they’re geared that way – to have fun,” he said of Wednesday’s event, to be […]

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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams A Big Deer Tick Fan

BREAKING NEWS! This just in, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is a huge Deer Tick fan — he considers them to be “a great band.” (OK, so this isn’t “breaking news” — we just couldn’t resist.) Back in April, Williams interviewed Deer Tick on MSNBC’s “BriTunes”, Williams’ own music video channel. He’s saluted iTunes […]

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