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Discussion: My Kind of Country

December 10, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 12

I’m really excited to announce that regular commenters J.R. Journey, Rainbow and Chris D. have launched their own blog: My Kind of Country. All three  writers have been invaluable in their contributions on the comment

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Hayes Carll, Trouble in Mind

December 10, 2008 Guest Contributor 6

Hayes Carll Trouble in Mind The first couplet of Hayes Carll’s Trouble in Mind is a fitting introduction to a common man’s intellectual. On the arresting “Drunken Poet’s Dream,” he croons, “I’ve got a woman,

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Discussion: iPod Check

December 9, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 41

This afternoon, it took me seventy minutes to get to my final and fifteen minutes to actually take it.   It was the traffic jam to end all traffic jams, requiring navigations of Brooklyn and Queens

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Steve Azar, Indianola

December 9, 2008 Guest Contributor 5

Steve Azar Indianola Almost twenty years after he first started touring in the Southeast, Azar signed his first major label record deal with Mercury in 2001. The resulting album Waitin’ on Joe, included a top five

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Discussion: Sad Christmas Songs

December 8, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 37

I can’t get this one out of my head this year: Merle Haggard, “If We Make it Through December” httpv:// I love sad Christmas songs.  Give me “Blue Christmas over “White Christmas” any day. What

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Grammy Grace and Gratitude

December 8, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 8

Eschewing the “I never wanted it one anyway” posing of one of his most prominent peers, Kenny Chesney is loudly proclaiming his joy in getting a Grammy nomination: “I’m not gonna say that I gave

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DVD Review: Johnny Cash’s America

December 8, 2008 Guest Contributor 0

Johnny Cash Johnny Cash’s America In a time when the United States is at its most divided, the release of the new documentary Johnny Cash’s America explores the transcendent country singer and his influence on

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