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Essential 80’s: #25-#1

August 5, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 9

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 8: #25-#1 #25 “A Little Good News” Anne Murray 1984 Peak: #1 Murray took home CMA Single of the Year with her surprisingly topical record wishing for better, more uplifting

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Single Reviews: August 3, 2006

August 3, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 1

Here’s the first batch of single reviews in a long time. Starting today, single reviews will be posted every Thursday. Dierks Bentley, “Every Mile A Memory” An encouraging preview of his forthcoming third album. He

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Essential 80’s: #50-#26

July 29, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 7: #50-#26 #50 “She and I” Alabama 1986 Peak: #1 Upon its release, this was one of the freshest-sounding singles on the radio. Alabama sound absolutely rejuvenated, as if finding

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Say What? – Mary Chapin Carpenter

July 26, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 1

Mary Chapin Carpenter has written a song about the Dixie Chicks called “On With The Song”, which will be released on her forthcoming album this spring. From her mailing list: I especially look forward to

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Essential 80’s: #75-#51

July 9, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 3

#75 “I Did” Patty Loveless 1987 Peak: #56 The first album by Patty Loveless was a scattered affair, as she searched for a style she could call her own. Interestingly, it was this single she

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Essential 80’s: #100-#76

June 27, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 5: #100-#76 #100 “Tennessee Homesick Blues” Dolly Parton 1984 Peak: #1 Parton sings in the voice of a homesick Tennessean turned off by the coldness of New York City. In

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Hall Worthy

June 24, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 8

Last year, I posted the top twelve worthy inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sadly, the CMA only took one of my three suggestions: Glen Campbell, with the other two slots going to

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Numbers Don’t Lie

June 23, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

Perusing the SoundScan totals for country albums makes all of those mergers and layoffs seem a lot more understandable. Wow, the market is weak. Even Entertainer of the Year nominees are having a hard time

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