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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill to receive stars on Nashville's Walk of Fame
Wade SheridanNASHVILLE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are set to receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame located in Nashville, Tenn.
4 points by UPI | Dolly Parton Country music Academy of Country Music Country Music Association Awards United Press International Nashville Tennessee International News Service William Randolph Hearst
Country singer Sierra Black: My bucket list here at home in Las Vegas
I’m never sure what to say when asked what it was like growing up here because I feel like my upbringing was like everyone else’s. It might sound funny, but, to me, Las Vegas means family. I attended Christian schools and church on Sundays with my family.
187 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Academy of Country Music Country music Rodeo Country Music Association Awards The Star-Spangled Banner Reba McEntire Nashville Tennessee Performance
This week’s 5 best bets for Vegas entertainment
Our entertainment picks this week include George Strait’s return to T-Mobile Arena and Pat Boone at the Suncoast.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Pat Boone Southern rock Long Tall Sally Carlos Santana Wanda Sykes Rock music Las Vegas Country music
Calvin Harris: ‘All hell broke loose’ after Taylor Swift breakup
A highly publicized breakup was not what Calvin Harris came for.
6 points by Daily News | Country music Love Story Taylor Swift Taylor Guitars Dolly Parton English-language films Calvin Harris 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
Red Carpet Report: Bob Anderson, Chica, ‘Ink Master,’ Jacob Young, Kodo, Bronx Wanderers, Debbie Carroll
Has May 12 been set for the grand opening of Chica at The Venetian that heralds the arrival of Venezuelan TV celebrity chef Lorena Garcia? Nearly $4 million is being spent on its transformation from the former DB Brasserie vacated by Daniel Boulud in January.
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Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris may change your mind about country music
Here’s something that you don’t know about yourself: You like country music. Really, you do.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Academy of Country Music Alison Krauss Country music Merle Haggard Country Music Association Awards George Strait Dolly Parton Conway Twitty
Pastor irate after American Girl introduces boy doll
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pastor is angry that the maker of the American Girl doll collection is selling a boy version of its pricey dolls.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | North Carolina United States Asheville North Carolina Country music Old-time music Boy American films Good Morning America
Irwin Stambler, who chronicled the history of rock in scholarly encyclopedias, dies at 92
Irwin Stambler, an aeronautical engineer whose love of music inspired him to write some of the earliest and most flavorful encyclopedias on pop music, has died at the age of 92. Stambler died Feb. 10 of complications from sepsis in West Los Angeles, his family said.  A prolific author who wrote...
-2 points by Los Angeles Times | Rock music Rock and roll Aerospace engineering Pop music Elvis Presley Country music Aeronautics Phil Ochs
Meet Logan, American Girl's first boy doll
American Girl, the popular doll line, has introduced its first boy.        
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Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood wear flirty looks to Grammys
Annie MartinFeb. 13 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood both wore cleavage-baring keyhole dresses to the 2017 Grammy Awards.
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Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill wear similar red dresses to Grammys
Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill were waiting all day for Sunday night — and they showed up in matching dresses.
5 points by Daily News | Country music Academy of Country Music Carrie Underwood Alison Krauss Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance U2 Keith Urban Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton and Pentatonix win country duo / group performance award for "Jolene"
Grammys 2017 live updates: David Bowie wins career first musical Grammy for 'Blackstar' Feb. 12, 2017, 2:46 p.m. Who will win album of the year? Will Beyoncé or Adele make history? How music's biggest night pans out is anyone's guess. But one thing is certain: The 59th Grammy Awards are getting...
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Randy Travis honored during all-star tribute show
Wade SheridanFeb. 9 (UPI) -- Some of the biggest stars in country music including Garth Brooks and Chris Young honored Randy Travis in song Wednesday during a special tribute concert.
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Music community honors Randy Travis in song
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis, and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honor the legend.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Academy of Country Music Country music Garth Brooks Dolly Parton Grammy Award winners
Grammy preview: Tired of ‘bro’? Try Americana
When the 2017 Grammy Award nominations were unveiled in December, a lot of fans had one question after perusing the names in the album-of-the-year field: Beyonce, Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber and Sturgill Simpson.Sturgill who?
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Billy Joe Shaver Spills the Beans on Country Music
As the number of towering figures in country music still performing gets closer to fingers-on-one hand-counting time, Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver’s profile looms ever larger. One of the key figures of the “outlaw” country artist movement of the ’70s, Shaver has been writing, touring and recording for the 40-plus years since he was first... Read more »
4982 points by Variety | Outlaw country Country music Willie Nelson Billy Joe Shaver Waylon Jennings Kris Kristofferson Honky tonk Honky Tonk Heroes
Willie Nelson cancels three shows because of illness
Nelson canceled two of his five shows in Las Vegas in late January because of a bad cold.
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Willie Nelson cancels 3 California shows because of illness
BAKERSFIELD, California (AP) — Willie Nelson has postponed three California shows because of illness.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Associated Press Country music Merle Haggard San Joaquin Valley Buck Owens National Basketball Association Academy of Country Music Bowl Championship Series
Toby Keith decried as too 'political' for Naperville Ribfest
Some Naperville residents took to social media over the weekend to protest country singer Toby Keith's scheduled opening-night performance at Naperville Ribfest, calling him "polarizing" because he participated in President Donald Trump's inauguration festivities.The Exchange Club of Naperville,...
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Luke Bryan cut back on partying before Super Bowl
Luke Bryan, one of country music's top party boys, said he toned down his lifestyle in preparation of his performance at the Super Bowl.
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Photos: Super Bowl 2017 entertainment
Country music singer and songwriter Luke Bryan performs the national anthem, Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl 51.
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Alice Cooper tops today's celebrity birthdays list (February 4, 2016)
Rock legend Alice Cooper celebrates his birthday today. Birthday wishes go out to rocker Alice Cooper.  He celebrates his 69th birthday today. Other celebrities with birthdays on February 4th:  Drummer John Steel of The Animals is 76. Singer Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension is 75. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 65. Singer Tim Booth of James is 57. Country singer Clint Black is 55. Guitarist Noodles of The Offspring is 54. Actor Michael Goorjian is 46. Bassist Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World is 42. Singer Natalie Imbruglia is 42. Rapper Cam'ron is 41. Singer Gavin DeGraw is 40. Actor Charlie Barnett is 29. Other famous or historical birthdays for February 4th: Charles Lindbergh, aviator Rosa Parks, civil rights activist with The Associated Press and Celebrity Fun Facts
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Toby Keith to play 2017 Naperville Ribfest
Country musician Toby Keith will be the main stage act on the opening night of this year's Naperville Ribfest. Keith, known for such songs as "Red Solo Cup" and "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,is scheduled to take the Navistar Main Stage June 30. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m....
1596 points by Chicago Tribune | Solo Cup Company Country music United States Donald Trump Willie Nelson
Film Review: ‘Wheeler’
The term “vanity project” doesn’t come close to adequately describing the hubristic folly that is “Wheeler,” an excruciatingly dull and self-indulgent faux documentary about a fortysomething singer-songwriter’s rapid and remarkably unimpeded progress toward overnight success in Nashville. It’s a DIY star vehicle for Stephen Dorff, who served as co-producer and co-writer in addition to playing... Read more »
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Program uses music to comfort dementia patients
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Ask Marcella Niedfeldt if she grew up with music, and she'll shake her head and say, "We weren't songbirds." But start to sing "Jingle Bells" or "Deck the Halls," and she breaks into song - remembering not only the lyrics but the tune. And, if she ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Lincoln Nebraska Elvis Presley Lincoln Journal Star Auld Lang Syne Judy Garland Lee Enterprises The Wizard of Oz Country music
Timothy Cardinal Dolan to celebrate Mass at Orange County jail
Dolan also will visit with inmates during his Nov. 21 visit, meant to highlight his belief in redemption for all souls.
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On 'The Weight of These Wings,' Miranda Lambert tells her side of a very public story
Miranda Lambert keeps making plans for a getaway on “The Weight of These Wings,” the country star’s first album since her very public divorce last year from another Nashville heavyweight, Blake Shelton. “I wanna go somewhere where nobody knows,” she sings in “Highway Vagabond.” Later, in “Vice,”...
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Alabama inmates do mannequin challenge; state investigates
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Inmates in an Alabama prison are taking part in the "mannequin challenge" sweeping the country, using an illegal cellphone. reports ( ) that the men wearing prisoner clothing labeled Alabama Department of Corrections shot a nearly minute-long video of themselves freezing in various positions. They ...
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Carrie Underwood is going big
The powerhouse country vocalist is ready to take on T-Mobile Arena.
-2 points by Las Vegas Sun | Carrie Underwood Dolly Parton Country music Academy of Country Music Country pop Taylor Swift American Idol Emmylou Harris
Elle King preps for her wedding by marrying her fans
You can forget all that sappy “dearly beloved” stuff, because Elle King’s version of wedding vows are much more rock ’n’ roll than that. The 27-year-old Brooklyn singer will play the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday on the latest stop of her Ministry Tour. As part of her set, she has been acting as officiant and...
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Royal Oak gets two new music-themed restaurants
Dixie Moon Saloon and The Morrie opened last week on Main Street, following the debut of pizza chain Pieology        
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Two results show recap: Rick Perry gets a reprieve; Jake T. Austin eliminated
To the shock of many, even some of the judges, Rick Perry escaped elimination after spending the first two weeks of the season at the bottom of the leaderboard. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With two hours to fill, the first elimination show of the 23rd season of "Dancing With the Stars" was a very thorough look back at everything that's gone into the first two weeks of the show. The night included previously unseen dress rehearsal and pre-performance footage from the first two weeks of competition; one-on-one interviews with this season's contestants; a lively, colorful performance by the entire professional troupe; and an exclusive segment showcasing the return of three of the show's Mirror Ball Trophy winners - Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Maks Chmerkovskiy. There were also live musical performances by Charlie Puth, Daya and Gavin DeGraw. In addition, there was a sneak peek at the new "Forever Country" video which features 30 of country music's biggest performers including Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Ronnie Milsap, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton. The big shock of the night was that Rick Perry managed to dodge elimination, and instead, another of this season's low-scoring dancers - Jake T. Austin, was sent home. Although Jake T. Austin and his pro dancer partner, newcomer Jenna Johnson, were never at the very bottom of the leaderboard, it all boiled down to the power of the vote. Austin mentioned during Monday night's competition that he hoped he wouldn't be eliminated the same week he performed to the theme song from his show "Go, Diego, Go!" NEXT WEEK: THE FACE-OFF COMPETITION.
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Academy of Country Music Country Music Association Awards Dolly Parton Carrie Underwood Grammy Award winners American film actors American television actors Country music
Country stars amass in 'Forever Country' video for 50th CMA Awards
Half a century ago, the Country Music Assn. in Nashville handed out awards for the first time. So began a tradition that continues to grow five decades on. To mark the occasion, the CMA has assembled its own all-star video, “Forever Country,” which premiered Tuesday night on “Dancing With the Stars”...
2213 points by Los Angeles Times | Academy of Country Music Country Music Association Awards Dolly Parton Carrie Underwood Country music Ronnie Milsap Charley Pride Taylor Swift
Lydia Loveless: Ohio's gifted singer-songwriter heads to the Grog Shop
Whether you call her rock, country or alt-country, the torchy voice that delivers Lydia Loveless' equally torchy lyrics are "Real,'' just like her latest album. The Ohio native headlines at the Grog Shop on Saturday, Sept. 17. PREVIEW Lydia Loveless When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Where: Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights. Openers: Will Courtney and the Wild Bunch, Mike Uva. Tickets: $12 to $14 at the box office, online at and, and by phone at 216-321-5588. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Lydia Loveless spent a lot of her youth on a family farm near Coshocton. But the singer-songwriter is hardly the mainstream country music cliche. There are no big green tractors, no cornfield tailgate parties, no girls in Daisy Dukes in the music of the alt-country artist who is in Cleveland on Saturday. Even if you never heard a lick of her dusky, genuine voice, the venue she's playing - the Grog Shop - is evidence that she's the antithesis of the pretentious, slickly packaged kind of country sound Nashville thinks of as "real.'' "I think I will always have that sort of country-farmer-passionate-desire-to-do-whatever-the-hell-I-want thing,'' said Loveless in a call to her home in Columbus, where she's lived since she was 14. "That's the way I make art, for sure. "I guess it just deeply affected me as a person to grow up out there and be so self-sustaining for most of my life,'' she said. "It made me hungry for authenticity.'' So it's no accident that the 25-year-old's latest album, a collection of 10 no-nonsense and emotion-laden tunes, is called "Real,'' after the final cut on the CD. "I think I noticed that I said 'real' about 10,000 times on this record, so let's call the record 'Real,' '' she said, then sardonically added, "It's an exciting way to name your record.'' The album, her fourth, plus one EP, is a bit more rock-sounding than her previous work, Loveless acknowledged. "It's part of getting older and broadening my horizons and influences,'' said Loveless, who began her musical career playing bass in her father's now-defunct New Wave family band, Carson Drew. "When I was younger, I was very genre-oriented, and a bit of a jackass, too,'' she said. "I had to learn more about music.'' Of course, Loveless understands the need for categorization - at least for a publicist, critic or fan. "I think the music should speak for itself, but I guess we have people who will always ask, 'But what is it?' '' she said. " 'How am I going to listen to it if I don't know what to call it?' '' For herself, she prefers the term "rock.'' "Rock 'n' roll people think I'm being a jerk because it's such a broad statement,'' Loveless said. "But if I say 'singer-songwriter,' people picture Joni Mitchell, so just say 'rock.' '' Loveless IS a singer-songwriter, and it shows pretty well in her tune "Midwestern Guys,'' a not-so-flattering portrait of the male species that calls the Midwest home. "That kind of got started listening to my band mates,'' she said. "They were talking about their teen years, and it was kind of adorable and endearing and terrifying all at the same time.'' Naturally, there's some poetic license in that and other songs. But for the most part, they're all rooted in truth. "I don't see any point in making music that isn't scary and personal,'' said Loveless, who has no qualms about putting her own life under the microscope for inspiration. "It's up to other people if they want to be uncomfortable. In the meantime, Loveless said she's found her definition of success. "For me, it's making music that I enjoy making and that means something to me, and still being able to pay my bills and travel and see the world and stay relatively sane,'' she said. "Mostly, the question I ask is, 'Am I being true to myself?' '' The answer clearly is yes, and she's doing it by keeping her music "Real.''
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Country music Emmylou Harris Elvis Presley Alternative country Linda Ronstadt Bluegrass music Country rock Steve Earle
Today's celebrity birthdays: Jennifer Hudson, Louis C.K. (September 12, 2016)
Jennifer Hudson celebrates her 35th birthday today. Top celebrity birthdays for September 12th:  Actor Ian Holm ("Lord of the Rings," ''Chariots of Fire") is 85. Actress Linda Gray is 76. Singer Maria Muldaur is 74. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 65. Singer-guitarist Gerry Beckley of America is 64. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 64. Drummer Neil Peart of Rush is 64. Actor Peter Scolari is 61. Actress Rachel Ward is 59. Actor Darren E. Burrows ("Northern Exposure") is 50. Singer Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 50. Comedian Louis C.K. is 49. Guitarist Larry LaLonde of Primus is 48. Actor Will Chase ("Nashville") is 46. Country singer Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is 42. Rapper 2 Chainz is 39. Actor Ben McKenzie ("The O.C.") is 38. Singer Ruben Studdard is 38. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 35. Actress Alfie Allen ("Game of Thrones") is 30. Actress Emmy Rossum ("Phantom of the Opera") is 30. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini is 23. Other popular or historical birthdays for September 12th: Henry Hudson, explorer Richard Gatling, inventor of gatling gun Jesse Owens, Olympian Gunther Gebel-Williams, lion tamer Barry White, singer Paul Walker, actor with The Associated Press and
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | American television actors American film actors American male singers Emmy Rossum Ian Holm Ruben Studdard Ben Folds Five Country music
Ya Gotta See This: Top Cleveland-area concerts for fall 2016 (photos)
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic Chuck Yarborough picks the must-see shows for autumn 2016, and they range from Brad Paisley to a tribute to Prince, from the original vocalist for Yes to Kanye West. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Summer 2016 is breathing its last, and more's the pity. Yeah, the gates are closing at Blossom Music Center and Jacobs Pavilion, and patio bars across the region are stacking and storing tables and chairs in anticipation of next year. So what? Keep those credit cards and earplugs handy, because fall is going to be one busy season. We've got some of "the usual suspects'' coming into town - such folks as Jason Aldean, and, of course, that holiday season stalwart, the Trans Siberian Orchestra. But we've also got some infrequent visitors, such as Kanye West, Henry Rollins and Sturgill Simpson, as well as a hometown guy in Machine Gun Kelly and one of the brightest stars on the country music scene in Brandy Clark. I don't know about you, but I don't see myself getting a whole lot of sleep over the next three months. Here are some of the best shows on tap, with a comment or two as to WHY they're the best. As always, the shows are in chronological order, because I figure you, like me, plan your life that way. What's more, these are only the concerts that have been announced. More are sure to be added. SEPTEMBER Friday, Sept. 16. Brad Paisley, with Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae. Blossom Music Center. A Paisley show is always entertaining, in part because of his skill on a guitar and his clever wordplay, but also because he's so bright that the peripheral things - cartoons, videos, etc. - just make for a good time. Saturday, Sept. 17. Air Supply. Hard Rock Rocksino. Ah, the things you do for love. Even at our age. Saturday, Sept. 17. Lydia Loveless, with Will Courtney and the Wild Bunch, Mike Uva. Grog Shop. Loveless, a Coshocton native who now calls Columbus home, writes real-life songs that aren't necessarily happy, but it's her alt-country voice and unique personality that make this a must-see show. Thursday, Sept. 22. John Mayall. Kent Stage. Look, the dude taught Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Bruce how to make their music real. Do you need another reason to go? Friday, Sept. 23. Alice Cooper. Akron Civic. I've never seen a bad Alice Cooper show. Of course, they're all the SAME show, so there's that. Friday, Sept. 23. Graham Nash. Kent Stage. He's in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and even at 74, has one of the purist voices in any genre of music. Plus, he's freakin' brilliant. If all he does is talk, it'll still be a great show. Friday, Sept. 23. Jason Aldean, with Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses, DJ Silver. Blossom Music Center. Aldean is the reigning Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year (although, curiously, he was left entirely out of the recently announced rival Country Music Association Awards). He sells out stadiums and amphitheaters for a reason. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Posies. Secret Pop Up Show - site TBA. I first saw these folks at a showcase at South-by-Southwest in the mid-'90s, standing alongside a very tall bass player who allowed that he and his former bandmates loved 'em, too. The guy? Krist Novaselic. His band? Nirvana. OCTOBER Saturday, Oct. 1. Kanye West. Quicken Loans Arena. I would cheerfully pay $2 for Taylor Swift to come out of the crowd and take over the microphone. Sunday, Oct. 9. Coheed and Cambria, with Saves the Day, Polyphia. Agora. Guilty pleasure for me. Lead singer and songwriter Claudio Sanchez uses sci-fi as the basis for his hard-rock music. Plus, he's got the best hair in show business, outside of Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman. Sunday, Oct. 9. Eric Johnson. Music Box Supper Club. Guitar World magazine voters tapped this Grammy winner as the No. 47 greatest guitarist of all time. For good reason. Sunday, Oct. 9. Sara Watkins. GAR Hall. This has two things going for it: First, singer and fiddler Watkins was part of one of the best neo-bluegrass bands in recent history, Nickel Creek. Second, Peninsula's GAR Hall is one of the best venues in this hemisphere for acoustic music. Wednesday, Oct. 12. John Hiatt. Music Box Supper Club. This irascible old cuss still writes some of the best lyrics since Shakespeare capped his quill. Friday, Oct. 14. Sturgill Simpson. Masonic Auditorium. Simpson just tore the Americana Awards a new orifice after announcing that it would honor the late Merle Haggard. Not for honoring The Hag, but for waiting until he was dead to even acknowledge him. That kind of honesty and loyalty pervades Simpson's music, which is some of the best alt-country/neo-country on offer. Saturday, Oct. 15. Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince, with Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time. I-X Center. I guess we could have a whole slew of these tribute shows, given who we've lost so far in 2016. This one still hurts, so it'll be a good way to say goodbye. Monday, Oct. 17. Rumer Willis. Kent Stage. Yes, she's the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. Wonder if Daddy and his harp will make a guest appearance? Wednesday, Oct. 19. Joan Baez. Playhouse Square's State Theatre. Can someone please explain to me how this 75-year-old icon is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Friday, Oct. 21. Dominick Farinacci. Nighttown. Farinacci is OUR Farinacci, a product of Solon and Cuyahoga Community College. He's also darn good on the trumpet, maybe one of the best in a generation. Saturday, Oct. 22. Rock Hall Music Masters tribute to Johnny Cash. Playhouse Square's State Theatre. Forget the inductions: This is THE best event the Rock Hall stages every year, and with Cash as the honoree, I can only guess who the as-yet-unannounced guests will be. Thursday, Oct. 27. Brandy Clark. Music Box Supper Club. I've made no secret of the fact that I think the artist behind "Big Day in a Small Town'' is the best songwriter mainstream country has today. Note "songwriter.'' Not "female songwriter.'' Best songwriter, period. Friday, Oct. 28. Elvis Costello. Akron Civic. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is a frequent visitor to Northeast Ohio. Thank heavens! Saturday, Oct. 29. Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman. Goodyear Theater. Call it Yes redux. All three - Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman - once were members of the legendary prog-rock band. Some fans say Anderson and Wakeman were there when the band was at its Rock Hall-worthy best. I ain't arguing. NOVEMBER Tuesday, Nov. 1. Kansas. Goodyear Theater. Somebody, somewhere, there's a wayward son who just won't stop carrying on. Thursday, Nov. 3. Lisa Loeb. Music Box Supper Club. Alt-rock, children's music and books. She can do it all. Saturday, Nov. 5. Dweezil Zappa. Kent Stage. Few people can understand - much less play - the music Zappa's father Frank created. He is, without a doubt, one of the premiere guitarists in music. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Beartooth, with Every Time I Die, Fit for a King, Old Wounds. House of Blues. Aaaand, the Alternative Press magazine contingent is heard from. Friday, Nov. 11. Henry Rollins. Masonic Auditorium. If Rollins isn't the smartest man in showbiz, he's dang close. He was barely out of his teens when he joined the legendary punk band Black Flag, and he's gone on to become a writer, actor and author. I'll bet even his stage banter will make those of us in the audience brighter. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Styx. Hard Rock Rocksino. Contemporary Youth Orchestra founding music director Liza Grossman is conductor for orchestras that play with Styx. Wanna bet we'll see some of Cleveland's finest young musicians on the Rocksino stage? Which could be interesting, since it's a 21-and-over venue. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Maxwell and Mary J. Blige. Quicken Loans Arena. Between them, there are 11 Grammy Awards and more nominations than you can count. This will be the soul event of the year. Thursday, Nov. 17. Brian Setzer Orchestra. Hard Rock Rocksino. I'm just a fan. I suspect this will be his Christmas show again, and I'm OK with that, as long as he mixes in some Stray Cats - which he usually does. Friday, Nov. 18. Art Garfunkel. Hard Rock Rocksino. A few years ago, he was at the Hanna Theatre and shared a lot of stories of his life as part of Simon & Garfunkel. Yes, Simon's songwriting skill probably made them legends, but the duo benefited from those soaring harmonies from Garfunkel's tenor, which is still better than most, even at 74. Monday, Nov. 21. Machine Gun Kelly. House of Blues. Hometown boy. Might want to be sure to catch his concert before his movie career takes off, and he gives up the microphone for a soundstage. DECEMBER Sunday, Dec. 11. Aaron Lewis. House of Blues. Not quite sure what we'll get out of this show. Will it be the hard stuff from his Staind years, or his more recent alt-country? Saturday, Dec. 31. Trans Siberian Orchestra. Quicken Loans Arena. In the air there's a feeling of light shows . . .
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New U.S. citizen to Kaepernick: Stand up
I hope he remembers that he is allowed to sit because he is in the land of the free and the home of the brave.         
1028 points by Arizona Republic | United States The Star-Spangled Banner American football U.S. state San Francisco 49ers New York City War of 1812 Country music
Battle of the Bows Cajun Fiddle Competition to take place
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The second Battle of the Bows Cajun Fiddle Competition will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Strand Theatre in Jennings. "We want to give fiddle players in this area a chance to compete and showcase their talent," organizer Doug Dugas said. "It's also about ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Fiddle Cajun music Country music Competition Zydeco Bluegrass music Old-time music Will Jennings
Kansas Air Force pilot missing since 1965 to be buried
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - After Dean Klenda went missing in action during the Vietnam War, his sister worked relentlessly with the U.S. military for decades to keep a search going for his remains. When they finally called and told Deanna Klenda that Dean was coming home, she felt shock and ...
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Florida Georgia Line branches out with more mature 'Dig Your Roots' (CD review)
Florida Georgia Line's new CD, "Dig Your Roots,'' shows a maturing side to the popular mainstream country duo. Big Machine Records  CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley - better known as Florida Georgia Line - weren't necessarily the Laurel and Hardy in the mainstream country music scene, but neither were they the Laurence Olivier. They're still not. But the band's newest album, "Dig Your Roots,'' takes a step in that direction. In other words, the "This Is How We Roll'' party boys - both of whom came from Christian music backgrounds - are rolling towards adulthood, just as they are rolling towards Blossom Music Center on Friday, Sept. 9, for a headlining gig. There's no doubt that lead singer Tyler Hubbard and partner Brian Kelley can sing. Their harmonies on the album come through pretty well, much better than they do in a live show. The guys are listed as co-writers on eight of the 15 tunes on the disc, which also benefits from guest appearances by Ziggy Marley ("Life Is a Honeymoon''), Tim McGraw ("May We All'') and the Backstreet Boys ("God, Your Mama and Me"). The awareness that the party days eventually end really shows up on "While He's Still Around,'' one of the tunes co-written by Hubbard and Kelley, along with Chase Rice, Jesse Rice, Jordan Schmidt and Craig Wiseman. It's a sweet song about a son wanting to make time with his aging father. "Music Is Healing'' is an anthemic testament to the power of the art form, and Hubbard delivers it with a depth that's been lacking on some of the band's earlier work. Ironically, I suppose, the song that most seems an acknowledgement of the inevitability of the passage of time was written by Zachary Kale and Canaan Smith, not Hubbard and Kelley. But "Grow Old'' really fits the theme of the album, talking as it does about a wish to survive the trials and tribulations of marriage from beginning to end. It'll be interesting to see how the duo's fan base receives the disc, which for all its pluses still has too much poppy feel to be a real country album. If those fans are growing up with them, it'll be fine. If not, life could get interesting. Grade: B-.   Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots Big Machine Records
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The United States and Russia announced a new multi-step plan intended to bring Syria closer to a negotiated peace deal and to allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need in the war-torn country.
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