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Charlie Daniels’ Real America

To the world at large, no musician epitomizes country music more than Charlie Daniels. His name is shorthand for epic fiddle playing. His albums are country music classics. Not only is “Devil Went Down to Georgia” one of the most widely recognized country music songs in the world, it is the most celebrated face-off between […]

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JASON ALDEAN/EMERSON DRIVE – San Jose, CA

by Jody Mason Whenever someone comes back from a concert and giddily announces that the performer is even better live than recorded, I’m usually a little dubious. It seems unlikely that a recording artist would sound better accompanied by guitar feedback and a crackling microphone above the din of a large crowd. And it seems […]

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EMERSON DRIVE "Countrified" Midas Records

by Jody Mason Buried Treasure: Emerson Drive’s Missed Hits Emerson Drive hasn’t released an album since 2006 with “Countrified” but the 5-piece band is still touring and serenading us with current singles “A Good Man,” “Moments,” and “You Still Own Me.” Surprisingly, the song that most represents their Southern charm-meets- ring around the collar boyishness […]

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