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Surprise Hits & Misses of 2006

January 1, 2007 Kevin John Coyne 0

2006 was a year of surprises on the charts, with some new albums wildly exceeding expectations. Here are some particularly successful projects that weren’t expected to do so well, along with some unexpected misses that

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Review: Sugarland, “Settlin'”

January 1, 2007 Kevin John Coyne 5

Sugarland, “Settlin’” Lead singer Jennifer Nettles is absolutely on fire here, turning in a scorching performance that almost makes you forget that this is basically a rewrite of “Something More”, right down to the obligatory

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Review: Carolina Rain, “Isn’t She”

January 1, 2007 Kevin John Coyne 12

Carolina Rain, “Isn’t She” They’re a great vocal group doing an unfortunate Rascal Flatts impression. To their credit, they sound better than the supergroup – none of the annoying nasal whining that defines RF’s sound

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Best Country Albums of 2006

December 24, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 9

My 2005 list was dominated by established female artists returning to greatness, and this year’s list complements it well, as 2006 is dominated by male artists either reaching new artistic heights or returning to them.

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Songwriter Dennis Linde Passes Away

December 23, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 5

Dennis Linde, one of country music’s most clever and unique songwriters, has died. He was 63. His songwriting credits include “Burning Love” (Elvis Presley), “Goodbye Earl” (Dixie Chicks), “Callin’ Baton Rouge” (Garth Brooks, New Grass

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