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Country Metaphors

March 12, 2009 Leeann Ward 9

Country music is famous for its three chords and the truth strategy or at least for the tagline. The straightforward and simple lyrics that cut into our souls are what ultimately draw us to this

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Pop Goes the Country, Part I

March 9, 2009 Kevin John Coyne 68

What follows is a guest piece from Country Universe reader VP exploring the latest wave of country artists who have crossed over to the pop charts. Part II, written by me, will follow later in

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The Illumination of Film

March 8, 2009 Kevin John Coyne 15

I discovered most of my favorite country artists through music videos. Throughout the nineties, CMT played videos around the clock, giving equal weight to mainstream, veteran and Americana artists. Music videos feel like a quietly

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Play Something Country

March 4, 2009 Kevin John Coyne 15

Later this month, I’ll be seeing Kathy Mattea in concert. I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen her live more often than anybody else – at least six times, going back to the Summer of 1994.

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Random Question about Kellie Pickler

March 3, 2009 Kevin John Coyne 27

Entertainment Weekly included a song from Kellie Pickler among its selections for the Ultimate American Idol playlist. The title of the song – “Rocks Instead of Rice” –  caught my attention. Take a listen: httpv://

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I am not ashamed.

February 28, 2009 Kevin John Coyne 46

“Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one’s status in the eyes of others; And shame is fear of humiliation at one’s inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart

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