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Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White – Hearts Like Ours

In the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White were the Traditional Country equivalent of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Since their music ran in the same circles, it only seemed natural that the two would record together. However, it’s been somewhat of a rare occurrence. Granted, Skaggs performed on many a Whites album and vice versa, but it wasn’t until the 1987 CMA Award-winning “Love Can’t Get Better…
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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

I was born in February of 1974. So, by virtue of that fact, I never got to witness the synergy of Buck Owens, Don Rich, Doyle Holly, Tom Brumley, and Willie Cantu as the most legendary set of Buckaroos from 1964-1967. That sad fact aside, I will tell you what comes as close it gets to that type of sonic and live perfection – seeing a show from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Just like with The Buckaroos, any of…
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Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Earlier this year, I had a conversation with Ketch Secor. One of the subjects we discussed was their 2013 induction into the Grand Ole Opry. Citing that moment as the career highlight of the band, he said now that they were there – they felt even more of a need to prove their worthiness of the distinction. Well, on this – the band’s first set since Marty Stuart extended the olive branch of Opry membership, I would dare say OCMS is…
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Rascal Flatts – Rewind

In speaking with Rascal Flatts about the making of their latest disc, the guys each expressed a willingness – and a desire to go where they had never gone before on a musical level. Henceforth, the band’s attitude on this album was they wanted to simply hear the best that songwriters had to offer them this go round – whether the tune sounded like a Rascal Flatts song or not. And, the band did take some musical chances…
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Osborne Brothers – Nashville

One of the most respected and revered acts in the history of Bluegrass is Bobby and Sonny Osborne. Born in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the brothers made the first pilgrimage to Nashville in the 1950s, finding favor with a series of releases for MGM – including the classic “Once More.” Signing with Decca in the 1960s, the duo earned a reputation for pure tenor singing as good as it ever gets (with Bobby’s classic…
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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives- The Gospel Music Of

There is something downright mystical about watching RFD’s The Marty Stuart Show each week. From the variety of his guests to their set list, Stuart and his ace band of Harry Stinson, Kenny Vaughan, and Paul Martin are nothing short of a visual and a sonic treat each and every week. For me, the highlight each week is when the guys get together for their Gospel number each week. It’s a magical mix…
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Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – Just Between You And Me

It is one of the great debates in Country Music history. Who is the greatest male / female duet in the history of the format? Invariably, the argument is usually narrowed down to three duos – George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. In a brand new lavish six-CD set from Bear Family, a comprehensive look is taken at the latter of these three. First – a little bit of…
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Mary Sarah & Friends – Bridges

It should go without saying that Dolly Parton doesn’t collaborate with just anybody. The same could be said of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Vince Gill. So, going by that set of rules, Texas newcomer Mary Sarah must very well be the real deal, right? That answer is positively and unequivocally – yes. On this, the singer’s very first project, Mary…
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The Oak Ridge Boys – Boys’ Night Out

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of an Oak Ridge Boys show. However, the legendary quartet has never released an album documenting that experience – until now. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the line-up of Golden, Allen, Sterban, and Bonsall that we all know and love, the group has chosen fourteen of their biggest hits to give the live treatment to. As is the case with live albums, you tend to know what…
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Martina McBride – Everlasting

Martina McBride knows the power of a great song about as well as anyone. Her 2005 set Timeless gave newer Country Music fans a history lesson in the greats, and oh, yeah, she’s had a pretty spectacular run of her own since releasing “The Time Has Come” in 1992. For her latest set -and first on Vinyl, her own imprint – she tips her hat to many of the great Pop songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s that inspired her. Whether it be…
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The Charlie Daniels Band: Off The Grid

Back in 1969, Charlie Daniels was one of the session musicians on Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline disc. His guitar playing impressed the legendary singer-songwriter so much that he ended up working on two more Dylan projects. Though the styles of Daniels and Dylan might not be compared by many, both men…
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Why Is The Grand Ole Opry “The Terminator”?

Once again the Grand Ole Opry management is making what they call changes. They have terminated employment of keyboard player Tim Atwood who has 38 years of service with the Opry, and fiddle player Hoot Hester who also has been with the Opry for many years. As you can see by the article below, no reason was given, no personal meeting, just a phone call. It is sad to think that The Grand Ole Opry cares so little for their employees, and fires and hires at will…
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Lucy Hale Shares Milestone Performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Hang w/

Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale will perform this Friday, February 21, at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry House, but fans won’t need to travel to Nashville to catch the show live. The born and raised Memphis girl will share …
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Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II – Side By Side

Hank Williams, Jr. might sing about family traditions in Country Music, but make no mistake about it – the world of Bluegrass is full of historic lore when it comes to families, as well. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Stanley family tree. Of course, the Stanley name became known due to the groundbreaking recordings by Carter and Ralph Stanley. But since the former’s passing in 1966, his younger sibling has more than done…
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Bill Anderson – Life!

Bill Anderson is definitely one of Country Music’s most enduring success stories. Beginning in the late 1950s with Ray Price’s “City Lights,” Anderson has long been a part of our culture as a songwriter, singer, radio personality, and even a game show host (Who, after all, didn’t want to be a contestant on Fandango back in the 1980s?). And, that success story continues today – with two wins over the past decade for Song of the Year (“Whiskey Lullaby” and “Give It Away”). So, the artist continues…
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Danielle Bradbery Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut From Historic Ryman Auditorium Stage

Seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery made her Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night (11/12) from the hallowed institution’s most famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium. “The Heart of Dixie” darling showcased her vocal prowess on the lead single as well as “Daughter Of …
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A Night To Remember: The Roys’ Opry Debut Was A Dream Come True

Award-winning Bluegrass siblings THE ROYS marked another milestone in their career with their Grand Ole Opry debut last Friday night on the stage of Nashville’s world-famous Ryman Auditorium. Introduced by Grammy-winning Opry legend Jeannie Seely and backed by the renowned …
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Randy Travis – Influence, Volume One: The Man I Am

Everyone in the Country Music industry has been saying their prayers for the legendary Randy Travis as of late, due to his recent illness and hospitalization. As he continues to recover, Warner Brothers has released the project that he had completed not too long before his illness – a salute to some of the songs that shaped his love of music. It’s no coincidence that there is a quite a bit of Merle Haggard represented on this…
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Alan Jackson – The Bluegrass Album

Alan Jackson has made no secret about his love of Bluegrass Music over the years. In the 1990s, his version of “Seven Bridges Road” was a highlight of his live show – done in classic Bluegrass style. Finally, after all these years, Jackson has decided to release an album in that laid back style. As you might expect, the Georgia native had no trouble attracting some of the genre’s finest musicians to back him…
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Isaacs Warmly Received At Grand Ole Opry

As the first family of Southern Gospel/Bluegrass, the Isaacs are entering territory others have dreamed of going. Performing fairly often at the Opry, the Isaacs once again received a very warm welcome when they sang on Saturday, August 31st. The …
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