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Discussion: Giving Thanks

November 26, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 5

On the eve of Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to say what we’re thankful for.  Keeping the focus on country music, here are some things that are inspiring gratitude on my part: New Channels of

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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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Discussion: Hidden Gems of 2008

November 25, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 4

Over the course of the next three weeks, Country Universe will be looking back on 2008.   We’ll be starting by reviewing some albums that we missed over the course of the year.   With such a

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Discussion: The Right to Write

November 24, 2008 Guest Contributor 10

Mary Chapin Carpenter has been tapped by the Washington Times to write a regular column in the paper’s “Show” section, and her first article appeared on Friday, November 21.  A press released last week lauded

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Trace Adkins, X

November 24, 2008 Guest Contributor 5

Trace Adkins X Making a major label album is a commitment to the art of compromise, and Trace Adkins provides a prime example of this exercise. His musical output has been schizophrenic, with playful absurdity

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