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Bluegrass Legend Mac Wiseman's R&B Detour

Friday, 25 April 2014 07:32 AM Written by

On Wednesday we offered a taken on work by the three just-announced 2014 Country Music Hall of Famers:  Ronnie Milsap,  Hank Cochran and Mac Wiseman.  One of Cochran's example showed him in his earliest days, singing rockabilly with future rock great (but no relative) Eddie Cochran.  We also offered three tunes by  Wiseman.  

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A wire service story today about country singer Tim McGraw's love of fast cars and speed  might surprise some, but ties between country singers and NASCAR, of course, have a long history that goes back nearly 50 years and involved one man: a singer in his prime equal to any current stars: the Marty Robbins (1925-1982) whose hit records spanned four decades. 

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2014's Country Music Hall of Famers

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:33 AM Written by

The new inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame were announced yesterday, two living and one deceased: singer Ronnie Milsap, the youngest member, singer-guitarist Mac Wiseman and singer and master Nashville songsmith Hank Cochran. Cochran died in 2010, but Wiseman and Milsap are still around, Milsap appears at Greensburg's Palace Theater on May 18.

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Steely Dan's Jazz Connections

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:04 AM Written by

News that Steely Dan will appear in Pittsburgh August 11 at the Benedum Center (tickets go on sale Friday), bring up memories of that band's storied 42 year history and its deep and abiding ties to jazz (including Pittsburgh jazz players), and their occasional shout-outs to the music on their records.

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Spoiler Alert: Don't proceed unless you've seen last night's episode of Mad Men, titled, appropriately enough, "A Day's Work."

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Today's "Believe Your Ears" PG music podcast features my review of Ronnie Milsap's new album Summer Number Seventeen, an album of newly recorded versions of R&B, country and pop oldies, not unlike Martina McBride's new R&B cover album Everlasting.  The singer appears at the Palace Theater in Greensburg on May 18.

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Sunday night's Season Seven premiere of Mad Men began in January, 1969, yet the two songs included were each hits two years earlier: The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm A Man" and at the show's end, as Peggy melts down on her apartment floor, Vanilla Fudge's reimagination of the Supremes' "You Keep My Hangin' On."

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'Mad Men' Weekly Music Discussions Resume Monday

Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:06 AM Written by

My Monday morning discussions of various historical songs featured in Mad Men episodes proved pretty popular last year. So I'll resume posting Monday mornings, following the Season 1 (Part 1) premiere Sunday.  If you weren't around last season, I'd look at the history and circumstances of songs used on the show, who wrote them and originally recorded them, with added context on the circumstances and my opinion how the song (or songs) fit ioto a given episode.  The first episode this season starts in January of 1969 (when I was in the final semester of my Senior year of high school), so we'll just have to take them as they come.

This is an example from last year.

 

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