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Themed Albums

February 13, 2009 Guest Contributor 7

Kathy Mattea’s brilliant album released last year, Coal, reminded me of how much I love themed albums.  There is something unique and special about an album that addresses a single topic from varied angles or

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Jewel, Perfectly Clear

November 26, 2008 Guest Contributor 1

Jewel Perfectly Clear It seemed to be a suave career move. An Alaskan-born woman of the wilderness, wedded to a rodeo cowboy, embraces her down-home roots and heads for Nashville to join the ranks of

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Taylor Swift, Fearless

November 11, 2008 Guest Contributor 23

Taylor Swift Fearless Teenage juggernaut Taylor Swift has excelled by confessing the passionate, often-painful contents of her adolescent life.  As a result, she’s redefining Nashville’s standard of procedures in terms of her musical direction and

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Randy Owen, One on One

November 4, 2008 Guest Contributor 0

Randy Owen One on One As the lead singer of Alabama, Randy Owen guided the quartet with his rugged, yet appealing vocal style.  With the band retired from the road, Owen steps into the spotlight alone with

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John Rich, “Raisin’ McCain”

August 17, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 13

With “Raisin’ McCain”, John Rich has managed to do the seemingly impossible: make the life of Senator John McCain seem terribly uninteresting. Rich’s relentless repetition of a poorly crafted hook and the interference of guitars

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