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September Marks Jack Daniel’s 159th Birthday

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (pop. 361) – For most, birthdays come only one day each year, but in Jack Daniel’s case it is a month-long celebration.  Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was born in Lynchburg (pop. 361), Tenn. in September, 1850.  However, we have no idea his exact date of birth. You see, Jack left us his recipe, […]

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Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Kevn Kinney Interview

As with so many great projects, the inspiration for The Great American Bubble Factory, Drivin’ N Cryin’s first new album in 12 years, came from an unexpected place: the dollar store. “I was at the dollar store with my granddaughter buying some bubbles, and I saw on the label where the bubbles are made in […]

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MTV Video Music Awards Open Thread

For us at CMP headquarters, tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards featured one shock after another. First of all, we were shocked to discover MTV still plays music videos. Then, we were shocked bubbly teen country superstar Taylor Swift beat out heavy-hitting pop front-runners Lady Gaga and Sasha Fierce Beyoncé to win Best Female Video for […]

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Tracy Lawrence

There’s no doubt, when you hear a Tracy Lawrence song, you know it’s him. No one can imitate his unique sound. But, Tracy’s new album, “The Rock,” may surprise you. “It has some pretty challenging vocals on it,” Tracy says. “It’s still me, you’re gonna know it’s me.” But, it’s a different side of Tracy. […]

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Elliott Brood “Mountain Meadows” Six Shooter Records

Death country, country noir or whatever other labels anyone wants to give them, the three guys that are Toronto’s Elliott Brood push the boundaries of the country genre.  Listening to the album the first three references that come to mind are Sunny Day Real Estate, Nirvana, and Elliott Smith – primarily in regards to the […]

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Every Election Should Be This Kinky

The already contentious Texas gubernatorial race just got a little more interesting. You might say it even got a little more Kinky. Country-rock icon and satirist Richard “Kinky” Friedman has announced he will run for governor again in 2010, Politico.com reports. Friedman ran as an independent in 2006, losing to incumbent Republican Rick Perry. He […]

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Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss/Soggy Bottom Boys)

The image is forever burned into our pop-culture consciousness. George Clooney, sporting overalls and scruff, wailing “Man of Constant Sorrow” in the Coen Brothers’ twangy Odyssey O’Brother, Where Art Thou? Then, there’s the man behind that scene: bluegrass singer-songwriter Dan Tyminski, of the Dan Tyminski Band and Alison Krauss and Union Station, still one of […]

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