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New Holiday Tunes: The Roys’ ‘Bluegrass Kinda Christmas’

The Roys — Bluegrass Kinda Christmas Label: Rural Rhythm Records The first must-have Christmas album of the season is Bluegrass Kinda Christmas, from The Roys. Included are holiday favorites that have a familiar, rural flavor to them, like Merle Haggard’s … read more »

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‘The Art of McCartney’ (a.k.a., ‘The Art of the Marketing’)

Oh well. When you see a lineup like the one assembled for the latest Paul McCartney tribute album (‘The Art of McCartney’), you’d think that the majority of tracks would make sitting through the entire 42-song double CD worthwhile. Not … read more »

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Country Music’s Chase Bryant: A Fast Rising Debut (“Take It On Back”) From A Talent With True Staying Power

Chase Bryant makes country music. But you might say he does it the hard way, since he plays a right-handed guitar upside down and backwards. Still, the 22-year-old from Texas is chasing a dream called Nashville. And no matter how … read more »

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New Country Gospel: James Hand – ‘Stormclouds in Heaven’

James Hand — Stormclouds in Heaven Label: Slim Hand Music A West Texas legend, James Hand, recently released his latest album, Stormclouds in Heaven. It is as old school country gospel as you could ever hope for, and it is … read more »

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Eric Church Debuts On “Austin City Limits”

New Episode Premieres November 15th on PBS “Austin City Limits” (ACL) proudly presents an hour with music sensation Eric Church. The episode premieres Saturday, November 15th at 9pm ET/8pm CT as part of the iconic PBS music series’ milestone Season … read more »

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A Fine New Country Pop Voice: Maggie Chapman — ‘Vignette’

Maggie Chapman — Vignette Label: Creative Nation Records We seem to be entering another, very welcome period of female musical integrity, with singer/songwriters (Kacey Musgraves, for example) who are equally adept at constructing a profound lyric as a musical hook. … read more »

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New Classic Country: Neal McCoy’s ‘PRIDE: A Tribute To Charley Pride’

Neal McCoy — PRIDE: A Tribute To Charley Pride Label: Slate Creek Records / Cracker Barrel How swell is it to hear an old song that Charley Pride introduced to the world, and to realize that time has only made … read more »

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Vince Gill Receives CMA’s Irving Waugh Award Of Excellence

The Country Music Association (CMA) presented the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence to Nashville treasure Vince Gill during “The 48th Annual CMA Awards,” which aired Wednesday night on ABC. Gill choked up during a video salute aired during the Awards … read more »

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So-So New Versions Of Classic Doobie Brothers Tunes – ‘Southbound’

Doobie Brothers — Southbound Label: Arista Nashville Southbound, the new album from the Doobie Brothers (and guests) is yet another collaboration between today’s country artists and yesterday’s rock stars. Southbound features the Doobies — Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, John McFee … read more »

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Parcbench Predicts the 2014 CMA AWARDS

The voting is done. It’s time to announce the winners. We’re talking about “The 48th Annual CMA Awards,” of course. The show will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 on ABC-TV. Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by … read more »

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