What’s In My Head

I blame Michael Martin Murphey for my most recent predicament. Johnny Lee’s “Cherokee Fiddle” represents everything that was awful about urban cowboy country, and for the life of me I can’t shake it from my brain. Before Murphy jumped on the cowboy bandwagon, he was an expert at recording sap. He…

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This is not a review but a simple analysis of the title. Judging from Kenny Chesney’s single “The Boys of Fall,” I think it is safe to assume that the music from the album will not emulate the profoundness of the album title.  This would have been a great title for a Steve Earle or…

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When I first heard of the band Sons of Sylvia, I thought, what a great thing it is that the children of the 1980′s country star are opening up for Carrie Underwood. Sadly, my heart was broken when I found out that this was not the case. This up and coming emo-country trio has disguised…

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Another country music great has left us. Hank Cochran lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74 years old. This year was tough on Hank, not only did he have intermittent battles with cancer, but also had an aortic aneurysm the size of a grapefruit removed in April. Hank Cochran will go…

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Wrong Side Of The Fence

We have no problems with country stars collaborating with pop stars. We have heard George Jones duet with Ray Charles, and Willie Nelson sing with Julio Iglesias. However, what made these duets work is that they gave way to each others’ style. Their kept their own mark while staying true to the other. This is…

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Traditional country music does not shy away from a sad ending. Modern country always searches for that silver lining, but we know that life is not always that simple. Case in point, the duet of “Mother Hold Me Tight” performed by the king and queen of country music Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells. This is…

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I guess the law is the law, but several months ago Nashville Metro Codes put another notch in it’s belt of finickiness when they shut down Larry’s Grand Ole Garage and Bluegrass Music Park. They declared it a commercial operation, which makes sense since Lonnie Jones, the establishment’s owner, does not make profit one from…

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The success of Patsy Cline truly empowered female country artists to show the male-dominated genre that there was more than enough room the opposite sex. There is one female artist that picked up the torch after Patsy and showed charisma and sexuality through the music that she created. Of course, we are talking about Read More...

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The National Endowment of the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship has added the award winning bluegrass superstar Del McCoury to it’s roster. This award is only given to those who are extremely revered in the world of the folk and traditional arts. It sounds like to me that this award has been a long time coming.…

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We don’t know if modern country artists had to toil like the legends. Country artists past lived by the mantra “Worked till my fingers bled.” Alan Jackson is keeping the tradition alive with his new single “Hard Hat and a Hammer.” He tells us that these are people that keep us going. If it were…

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Kenny Chesney is still the poster boy for CMT’s Crossroads. He and friend Steve Miller are slated to perform together on July 9 on the uber-popular show. Is Kenny the go-to-guy? CMT, can I make a suggestion? My dream would be to pair up Ronnie Milsap and Michael Mcdonald. Can’t you hear Michael performing great…

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Remembering Jimmy Dean

To the country music novice, Jimmy Dean was just a name in the freezer section at Kroger. He is much more than a name on a box of pre-made sausage. He is an icon. Not only are his culinary delights a house hold name, but he has impacted pop culture in more ways than people…

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We knew it would happen. The music business is even more finicky than the movie business. Jaime Johnson’s upcoming 25 track album, Guitar Song, will not be released until Sept 14th. This highly anticipated album was slated for release in June or July, but unfortunately it was moved back. Just look on the bright  side.…

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John Rich Goes Country

I am a 1980′s kid. It was a weird time of over-indulgent music, and coming of age films. My love was the latter. I enjoy movies, and I remember them all. From Fast Times At Ridgemont High to Can’t Buy Me Love. There was always a bully in everyone of these films. I am not…

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Ray Stevens is much more than just a singer of novelty songs. He won the Grammy for his bluegrass version of the Johnny Mathis ballad “Misty.” He topped the charts with the uber-hilarious “Ahab the Arab,” and now he is released a CD and DVD combination of his Obama administration inspired material titled “We The…

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So I guess the new album was for fun because Sammy Kershaw is running yet again for Lt. Governor of Louisiana. Did it only take 3 years for Sammy to be “Better Than He Used To Be?” Sammy is not the first politician in LA with an illustrious music career. Jimmie

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Music City Flood

We are all water-logged here in Nashville. We have had over 13 inches of rain, which unfortunately, is a record. We would like to know how the Country Music Hall of Fame is fairing. Is there any damage to the priceless memorabilia? Is Hank Williams’ guitar floating down 2nd ave? Does anyone out there have…

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Altruism didn’t just start with today’s artists. Country music artists both past and present have always made a point to give back to the community. Through my quick research I have traced it back to Hank Snow. He started the Hank Snow International Foundation For Prevention Of Child Abuse. This cause was very…

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Here is some country music news coming at you faster than the coriolis effect of a fifty caliber shell.

Disobedient children and rescued alligators are the perfect metaphors for country music. I am pleased to see that CMT is keeping this tradition alive. Can you hear the sarcasm? Because I am laying it on pretty…

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You either love or hate Will Ferrell. Personally, I have been a fan of his ever since he debuted on SNL in 1995. But what does Country music have anything to do with Will Ferrell, you ask? If you pay attention to the soundtrack of a select few of  Ferrell’s movies, you should be able…

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Some exciting new arrivals are making their way to the Hall of Fame on May 14. If your mind is a steel trap you might remember that Ricky Skaggs’ was only 7 years old when he first made his television debut on The Flatt and Scruggs TV Show. The mandolin that he played…

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I was a huge fan of the illustrated versions of literary classics. It added so much excitement when you could actually see the character deliver the dialogue rather than just reading it. My interest in reading came as a result of this medium. However, will the illustrated adventures of Taylor Swift prove to be just…

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I am a movie buff, teetering towards movie geek. If I listed all of the movies that I have seen, it would be both impressive and depressing. I can never get that time back. I was actually inspired to write this next series from The 9513. They published a short list of movies that featured…

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Tribute To Roy Orbison

Music therapy has always been instrumental (forgive the pun) in the process of healing. It is amazing what the effects of music can have for cancer patients, grieving families, or someone who just needs their day brightened. Couple this with the incredible music of Roy Orbison, and you have the perfect medicine for whatever ails…

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Willie Nelson has proven that he can sing anything. He could put an album together of acoustic versions of the Chemical Brothers and it would still bring fans to the cannabis loving hippie. He can translate any genre into something that is unmistakably his. However, one genre that he approaches with complete reverence is country…

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