All Twangs Considered- Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard
Apr23

All Twangs Considered- Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard

  I was blessed to be able to attend the sold out Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard a couple weeks ago. Featuring rock and country artists’ renditions of songs made famous, and mostly written by Merle. The event was emceed by W. Earl Brown (Deadwood). The performances were recorded, likely to be released in a special. Set List Ben Haggard and The Strangers – “What Am I Gonna Do (with the rest of my...

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Country Stars React to Passing of Merle Haggard
Apr07

Country Stars React to Passing of Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard received his “Silver Wings” after a battle with pneumonia on his 79th birthday, April 6, 2016. Yesterday, after learning of the death of the legendary Merle Haggard, many country music stars have reacted expressing their love and admiration for one of the genre’s greatest pioneers: We’ve lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a...

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Concert Review: Big Barrel Country Music Festival – Day 3
Aug10

Concert Review: Big Barrel Country Music Festival – Day 3

Day 3 of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival certainly did not disappoint. Two of new country’s biggest acts followed a bluegrass legend, a hot indie artist and two classic country icons. Shakey Graves hit the Wildwood Stage in the afternoon with their brand of lo-fi indie country rock. Definitely one of the buzziest bands of the festival (the boys in Kacey Musgraves’ band were in attendance to see them as were the day’s openers,...

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NEW MUSIC VIDEO: “It’s All Going to Pot” from Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (+ Lyrics)
Apr21

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: “It’s All Going to Pot” from Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (+ Lyrics)

In case you missed it, two of the highest one-namers in the history of country music, Willie and Merle, released “It’s All Going to Pot” on 4-20,  Marijuana’s unofficial official “get high” Day. This is the first hit from their new album Django and Jimmie, a tribute to one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Django Reinhardt and “The Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers. Available June...

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.@ACMawards – #CMchat’s Highs, Lows, and In Betweens #ACMawards50
Apr20

.@ACMawards – #CMchat’s Highs, Lows, and In Betweens #ACMawards50

The 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards (“ACMs”) was a show that people were anticipating would far exceed expectations set in the previous forty-nine years. Never did anybody imagine though that the three-hour plus live event would set records, set emotions in motion, and set stage fire to the Arlington, Texas rain (which included tornado warnings). The ACMs started with a bang when Eric Church and Keith Urban...

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