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'Rediscovering Eddy Arnold' on 'Believe Your Ears'

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 04:40 PM Written by

This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music Podcast looks at You Don't Know Me: Celebrating Eddy Arnold, a tribute to the country music legend featuring various Americana, pop and even punk rock veterans adding their spin to various Arnold classics.  Click here.

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The George Jones Biography

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:41 AM Written by

As my blog bio states, I've written two books, which like the overwhelming majority of published books One was Great Guitarists (1985), the other Southwest Shuffle (2003). The latter is still available, the first long out of print.  Like the vast majority of published books, neither made the New York Times Best Seller list.

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John Fogerty Reviewed on 'Believe Your Ears'

Thursday, 11 July 2013 07:24 AM Written by

On this week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast, I review John Fogerty's Wrote A Song For Everyone, an album pairing Fogerty with a number of country, rock and New Orleans stars to reprise some of his best known Creedence and post-Creedence compositions.  It's a mixed bag and a mixed success.    Click here.

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Saluting Buddy Emmons: Pedal Steel Master

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 06:15 AM Written by

Next month, Augusts 26 to be exact, MPI Records releases  The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons.   Emmons, who retired in 2007 following the death of his wife Peggy, gave his blessing to this set, produced by steel guitarist and Grammy-winning producer Steve Fishell, a onetime member of Emmylou Harris's famous Hot Band. 

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Randy Travis: Now & At The Start (Update)

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 06:22 PM Written by

Randy Travis seemed to be regaining his footing and moving toward reasserting himself after two years of binging and violence in Texas.  This past year he joined forces with the Avett Brothers,  and returned to touring. 

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Taylor Swift, Songwriting and Country Vs. Pop

Friday, 05 July 2013 04:49 PM Written by

So, is Taylor Swift pop, country, both or neither?  I addressed this before two years ago. I don't consider her country in the conventional sense. She's after an entirely different audience. I discussed all this a couple of years ago.

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Two Gettysburg Songs

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 06:15 AM Written by

If amid the PG's phenomenal Gettysburg multimedia presentation on Sunday and their equally impressive ongoing coverage, if you thought I was going to let the 150th Anniversary slip by without a posting, no way.

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Review: Kenny Chesney's Island Overload

Monday, 01 July 2013 05:00 PM Written by


Now that the Kenny Chesney concert is history, it's worth looking at the album even though some time has passed. One can't blame Chesney for the fact a tiny minority of slobs used his recent Heinz Field concert as an excuse to thrash, trash and guzzle. Beyond his undeniable modern country skills, he's built his No Shoes Nation on parroting the Parrotheads, offering his take on the Jimmy Buffett-style Caribbean escapism he's experienced firsthand. This album is clearly crafted for them.

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