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The Everlys Meet Tennessee Ernie Ford

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 06:27 AM Written by

In 1961, the Everly Brothers lucked out.  Rock didn't always get a friendly reception on network TV in the 50's and early 60's.

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An Era Ends. Phil Everly: 1939-2014

Saturday, 04 January 2014 07:00 PM Written by

Phil Everly, who with older brother Don made up the Everly Brothers, died Friday in Burbank at 74, barely two weeks short of his 75th birthday. The cause was COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), the result of decades of heavy smoking. His death brought the 60 + year saga of the Everly Brothers, decades marked by triumph, and at times toxic feuding, to a final end.

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Best of 2013 'Believe Your Ears' Podcast

Thursday, 02 January 2014 06:35 AM Written by

I previously offered my best of 2013 list here.  I elaborated a bit more in my "Believe Your Ears" music podcast this past week with sample clips.

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Review: The Other Johnny Cash Book

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 08:58 AM Written by

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The number of Johnny Cash books seems destined to grow exponentially. Cash himself wrote not one but two autobiographies. Family and associates have contributed memoirs. The past few years have seen numerous biographies, most recently Bob Hilburn's new and exhaustive work, which I reviewed in the PG December 22nd.

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Classic Country Christmas Songs

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 06:22 AM Written by

Some country Christmas tunes from the distant past, most not that well-known.

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The Ray Price Shuffle: Spanning Generations

Friday, 20 December 2013 08:23 AM Written by

So many of Ray Price's obituaries have commented on the fact he created the "shuffle" beat that drove his hit singles from 1956-66, when he moved on to the smoother country pop sound.   Quite a few of those comments including my own, have noted the influence the "Ray Price Shuffle" had on generations of other artists and its durability over several generations. 

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Best Albums of 2013: My List

Thursday, 19 December 2013 08:35 AM Written by

Yes, there's more here than country and with that field I include quite a few women in this list. No apologies, but I have a good reason. Given the pitiful party-beer-party-hot girls-party-beach party trash coming out of Music Row these days, the better material to my ear this year came from female acts who seem to have more interesting things to sing about.

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An American Original: Ray Price 1926-2013

Monday, 16 December 2013 09:26 PM Written by

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Noble Ray Price, who died of pancreatic cancer at 87, at 4:43 Central time today, kept going until almost the end. He resumed performing after announcing his diagnosis in November 2012, had recorded a final album produced by Fred Foster and continued playing occasional dates with the Cherokee Cowboys before hospitalized for dehydration in mid-May. Combined with the death of George Jones in April, it's one hell of a year for losing classic country acts, including two of the genre's fountainheads.

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