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Lonestar – interview

by Lisa Kiser Into The Future with Lonestar With the departure of Richie McDonald and the arrival of new lead singer Cody Collins, Lonestar has experienced some tumultuous times of late. I recently chatted with Keech Rainwater, resident all-star drummer for Lonestar, about the new direction of the band and what the future holds. Country […]

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BEN KWELLER – San Francisco, CA

by Jody Mason Ben Kweller Takes on San Francisco Ben Kweller returned to his place of birth Sunday, October 5, to play the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. The 27-year old drew a huge audience of all ages with fiery, Dylan-esque songs like “Fight” and “This is War”, stomping with the beat […]

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Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music)

by Tim Rynders Country Music Pride: How have the first few shows gone? Does it feel like you never stopped playing as HWM or does it feel like a distant dream? Chuck Ragan: They’ve gone and felt absolutely incredible.  The friends, fans and general turnout has been overwhelming and it’s just been everything and more […]

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Dolly Parton “Shinola” – video

Check out Dolly Parton’s new video for the country legend’s new song, ‘Shinola,’ from her ‘Backwoods Barbie’ CD. And also, be on the look out for a special Dolly Parton contest in the near future. Check back frequently so you don’t miss it!

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Sugarland "Love On The Inside" Mercury Records

by Lisa Kiser So I thought it’d be a sweet idea to check out Sugarland in depth, so I consulted the unofficial captain of their lower Michigan fan base (who also conveniently doubles as my best friend Steve) to borrow the CD and give y’all the scoop. I must say, although I’ve already promised to […]

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Darius Rucker "Learn To Live" Capitol/EMI

by Brad Tucker Hearing that Darius Rucker turned to country for his second solo full-length is probably not terribly shocking; his band, Hootie & the Blowfish, were rooted in sounds both rootsy and country. Rather, it is the headlong dive into contemporary pop-country that is a little unnerving. From the opening seconds of Live to […]

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Crossroads – the Life and Music of Hasil Adkins

by Elizabeth Bissette Hunchin’ at the Crossroads Once upon a time, in a holler far, far away, a music revolution was born when the cries of Hasil “The Haze” Adkins, the last of ten Adkins children, first echoed across Appalachia. No one knows the exact date of the event. Though it was recorded in a […]

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The Wood Brothers “Loaded” Blue Note

by Kyle McCraw Every so often, you stumble upon an album that is immediately indispensable. Such was my experience first hearing The Wood Brothers’ debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” and I was worried that their follow-up, “Loaded” would not live up to my high expectations. In a sense, it didn’t because this feels less like […]

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Montgomery Gentry “Back When I Knew It All” Sony BMG

One of country music’s favorite duos is back. With Back When I Knew It All, Montgomery Gentry has given country fans an album that is, in turns, rockin’, rollicking, amusing, and insightful. While all 11 songs are solid country music, Back When I Knew It All offers listeners three truly extraordinary tracks: “The Big Revival” […]

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