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Kris Kristofferson, the songwriter/singer/actor who emerged in the late 60's as part of the vanguard of country's Outlaw movement, celebrates his 80th Birthday on June 22 with The Cedar Creek Sessions, a collection of material informally recorded in Austin in 2014, released June 17.

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Gary Stewart: Honky Tonk Triumph & Tragedy

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:00 AM Written by

 

It hasn't been successful at the box office, but the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light told the tragic (too tragic, in the eyes of some) story of Hank Williams, Sr. one of the small group of singers who defined the barroom style known as honky tonk. Others added to it: Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Floyd Tillman, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck and so on. Not all who contributed gained fame on the level of the others. And here's one of those who despite vast talents also met a tragic end: Gary Stewart of Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky

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With John Fogerty's autobiography released late last year, the legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival remains, and it's worth noting that their influence ran far and deep beyond American rock fans alone. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the forthcoming album Quiero Creedence, (I Want Creedence) to be released by Concord Picante on July 29. It's worth noting that the original Creedence catalog is owned by Concord Music.

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Country Music For Cops: 'Man Behind The Badge'

Thursday, 26 May 2016 08:15 AM Written by

 

With all the controversy over Beyonce vs. local law enforcement, it's easy to wonder if anyone's ever done a decent record about the lot of the police, from their standpoint. This one immediately came to mind.

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 Bob Dylan turned 75 on May 24.  My review of his new pop standards album, a followup to 2015's Shadows In The Night.

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2016 brought forth its share of biopics. Four.  released in a bit over a month, examined revered American musicians, one (Hank Williams) a country music icon, three others (Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Nina Simone) legends from the world of jazz. There were high hopes for all of these so far as acclaim and popularity. So far, the results haven't been successful at the box office.

Here's a rundown, plus what we know about their box office success. Note: these are not reviews by me. I've seen only the the Hank.

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Bob Dylan's new Sinatra cover album Fallen Angels is out today. There were different schools of thought on his previous Sinatra homage Shadows In The Night. The sound and production on the new album is much the same, and I liked Shadows a lot.  If it seems weird to see a rock icon like Dylan tackling Sinatra and the Great American Songbook, it's far from the only time. I could fill a few pages with the examples, but here's an interesting one by an earlier rock icon who revered a popular music giant of another era.

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Guy Clark: 1941-2016 - PG Music Podcast

Thursday, 19 May 2016 04:30 PM Written by

My reflections on the life and career of Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, who died May 17 after a long illness.

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