2016’s New additions to country music families

music2016’s New additions to country music families
Our country music families are growing! In 2016,a dozen babies joined the families of some of our country music artists. First to join was Love Lily Brust,, the 7 lb. 7 oz. daughter of Preston and Kristen Brust. Preston is half of the duo LOCASH.
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‘The Voice’ season 11 winner: How country music rules
The NBC hit reality competition “The Voice” has crowned its latest winner, with singer Sundance Head being named as the champion of the show’s 11th season. Mr. Head won out over fellow competitors Billy Gilman, Josh Gallagher, and Wé McDonald.
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Country Music Events: How Big Brands are Building Loyalty
It can be indie, it can be gritty, it can be rock and pop. It’s on primetime à la the CMA Music Festival’s annual “Country’s Night to Rock” (called the most social show of the year by Forbes in 2014). And thanks to Blake Shelton, the country …
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The Death of Country Music: Natural Cause or Homicide

musicThe Death of Country Music: Natural Cause or Homicide
Some days my bones feel weary. It especially hurts when I get down on my knees, slowly bend over, and flip through dusty shelves of old, used books. Years ago it was record stores, but I can barely recall the last time I opened my wallet for a hunk of plastic.
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Lots Happening in London for Country Music Week
There’s no shortage of events and activities residents can take part in during Country Music Week here in London. The Canadian Country Music Association’s national festival, which is being held in the Forest City for the first time, runs from Thursday …
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Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman to tell Austin stories
The tour, he says, “is designed for that purpose.” Chapman, 53, got his start at age 19 when he did five shows a day on stage at the old country-music-themed amusement park Opryland in Nashville. “I learned a lot of appreciation and the opportunity …
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Cody Jinks plays apocalyptic country at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre

musicCody Jinks plays apocalyptic country at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre
Don’t judge a musician by his album cover. Cody Jinks looks totally metal on his. The heavily tatted singer-songwriter was raised on country music, but he did cut his teeth on metal. “Metallica was king,” Jinks says while calling from Nashville.
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Concert preview: Cyndi Lauper adds country color to her musical quilt
She won Grammy No. 2 (Best Musical Theater Album) for “Kinky Boots” in 2014. In May, she went back to her roots, releasing a country music album, “Detour,” covering songs originally recorded by greats like Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Dolly Parton.
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The First Time Faith Hill Heard “Forever Country,” It Made Her Cry
“All three of those songs were just huge records across the board,” Tim says. “I think those records resounded outside of the country music world… and all those artists…had a bigger impact…than just in country music…John Denver, who was an …
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REVIEW: Yoakam and Womack: Night of ‘real’ country

musicREVIEW: Yoakam and Womack: Night of ‘real’ country
SIOUX CITY | Even with mosquitoes dive-bombing him during every song, Dwight Yoakam managed to turn Battery Park into an intimate rockabilly bar Saturday night. Rolling from one song to the next (and getting his leg action going in the second one), he …
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Five bands will play for injured motorcyclist
As for the bands: — The Newark-based Marbletones perform music from the Beatles, Van Morrison and Tom Petty, with a little rockabilly thrown in. They also have some original tunes. — All Inn, a Sodus-based band, plays popular dance, classic rock …
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X comes to Philly with Bill Zoom back in fold
The group has always been classified as punk but there has been rockabilly and blues in the musical mix. There was also a willingness to take risks. “But that’s the scene we came out of,” Cervenka says. “We took chances since we were making music …
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Latest Country Music News

musicCountry Icon Ronnie Milsap Is Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame
Martina McBride is known for her vocal dexterity, but when she went to select a Ronnie Milsap song that she could sing to honor the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, she was momentarily stumped. Milsap’s singing always “sounded so effortless …
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Country Music’s 10 Biggest Pop Crossover Successes
The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she …
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Beyoncé, Country Music, and Race: Conversation Starter or Career Suicide?
One of the issues with Beyoncé Knowles’s last two releases is that her decisions to release visual albums emphasize the corporal aesthetics of her brand over the musical ones. Specifically, conversations about Knowles’s thought-provoking and …
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Merle Haggard, Country Music Legend, Dies at 79

musicMerle Haggard, Country Music Legend, Dies at 79
Country legend Merle Haggard, often called “the Poet of the Common Man,” whose music reflected his hardscrabble roots and hard-living ways as well as a tenderness that made him a revered songwriter, died Wednesday at his home near Redding, Calif.
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Big Barrel Country Music Festival canceled
Big Barrel Country Music Festival canceled The Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which was set to enter its second year in Dover, abruptly pulls the plug. Check out this story on delawareonline.com: http://delonline.us/1WQ6DRE
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‘Bro-Country’ Is Dying. What’s Next For Country Music?
The 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards will air Sunday with huge acts like Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and Dolly Parton expected to take the stage in Las Vegas. The scheduled performances may include familiar faces, but the overall …
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Latest Country Music News

musicCountry music superstar to return to CenturyLink Center
For the first time in 19 years, Garth Brooks returns to the Shreveport-Bossier City area. The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming to the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City at 7 p.m. July 30. Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. June 17.
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CMT Music Awards Watch Online: How To Live Stream Red Carpet Pre-Show & View 2016 Ceremony [VIDEO]
The annual CMT Music Awards will be going down live in Nashville Wednesday, with just about all of the hottest names in country music in attendance. The ceremony will be packed to the brim with performances from the following artists: Blake Shelton and The …
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Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Kid Rock headline Taste of Country music festival at Hunter Mountain June 10 to 12
The Taste of Country music festival, featuring headliners Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Kid Rock, and featuring more than 20 acts, returns to Hunter Mountain, 7740 Main St., Hunter, this weekend. The festival takes place Friday from starting at 3 p.m …


Country music down but not out in Delaware

musicCountry music down but not out in Delaware
Forgive Delaware country music fans if they are still a little shell-shocked. After the summer of 2015 delivered a pair of three-day country music festivals filled with megastars, it all came crashing down over the past couple of months. Dover’s Big …
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Riley: Music festivals don’t have reason to hike up their prices
It’s the classic question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, festivals like Sasquatch blame low attendance for increasing ticket prices, while festival-goers claim that greed on the festival’s part is why fewer people are showing …
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European Music Festivals Guide 2016: How To Buy Tickets
The stunning beach resort of Benicassim couldn’t be farther from the half-empty fields and unknown bands that define most teens’ first experience of festival life. The distinctive mix of cutting-edge live and electronic music acts means it regularly …
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Get That KPop Look: Dara’s Country Club Polo Outfit

musicGet That KPop Look: Dara’s Country Club Polo Outfit
Welcome to this week’s Get That K-pop Look, where we showcase an original K-Pop outfit and give you tips on putting together your own similarly styled, affordable outfit. Like Us on Facebook. Dara is at it again, inspiring us via her Instagram.
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How a teenage popstar escalated China-Taiwan row
Cross straits tensions between China and Taiwan are developing into an international drama with a 16-year-old Korean pop (K-pop) singer drawn into the fray, highlighting political minefields facing businesses in the region. The Taiwanese teenager, Chou …
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Responding To Nuclear Test, S. Korea Cranks Up The KPop
On the South Korean side of its 151-mile border with North Korea, banks of loudspeakers are back on, blaring propaganda. It’s the South’s response to the North’s nuclear test last week. The speakers, which broadcast everything from news to K-pop, come …
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Antiques & Collectibles: You’ll find nothing quite like a country auction

trendAntiques & Collectibles: You’ll find nothing quite like a country auction
If you have unique collectibles, such as the auction just held Oct. 3 by John Kruesel’s General Merchandise and Auction Company at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, that was advertised in several locations as collectible buyers are a worldwide audience.
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Kovel: Trick-or-treat bags becoming popular collectibles
For more information about antiques and collectibles and free price information, visit Kovel’s website, www.kovels.com. Kovel answers as many questions as possible through the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for …
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‘Simpsons’ Creator Sam Simon’s Art and Collectibles Head to Auction
Eclectic Simpsons collectibles, including animation cels, and personal items acquired during Simon’s years as a boxing manager, from his personal collection were auctioned off on October 22. A Krazy Kat Sunday comic strip by cartoonist George Herriman …
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