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Single Reviews: August 17, 2006

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BOB SEGER, “Wait For Me” Why is this being released to country radio? It’s not even good rock, let alone good country. CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON, “Love & Negotiation” Why does she sound so shrill? She’s

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Taboo: Prostitution and Country Music

August 11, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 4

Today a new feature debuts that will support the oft-repeated contention that country music deals with real life more deeply than nearly every other genre, with only hip-hop rivaling it in that regard. Taboo will

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Single Reviews: August 10, 2006

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BIG & RICH, “8th of November” They continue to expand their music sonically and thematically. This is the best war-themed song since “Travelin’ Soldier.” BLUE COUNTY, “Firecrackers and Ferris Wheels” This lead vocalist is an

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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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