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6 Things to Remember About Entertaining ACM Awards

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Associated Press | Apr 07, 2014

The Academy of Country Music Awards was jam-packed with a little bit of everything, encompassing today's rock- and pop-inflected sounds, traditional sounds from the genre's bedrock — and a lot of humor to boot. George Strait , Miranda Lambert , Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves carried home the best trophies Sunday night in Las Vegas, but Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton , and his co-host Luke Bryan may... more

Foster the People Chases the Muse, Not the Hits

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Associated Press | Mar 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mark Foster's favorite hit songs are the ones written without thought given to eventual chart potential. So when it came time for him to pen the smash follow-up to his band Foster the People's unexpected out-of-left-field 2011 hit "Pumped Up Kicks," he didn't even bother to try. "I feel like trying to write a song in order to be a big hit is just not something I'm interested in because it'... more

1st Production Model Stratocaster For Sale: $250K

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Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville is a kind of mecca for fine, vintage musical instruments, but even Gruhn is blown away by the latest addition to his inventory. He says it's the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made. You can own it for a cool quarter million dollars. "This is special," Gruhn told The Associated Press. "It's not special as memorabilia because it... more

Rock National Anthem Raises Eyebrows at Daytona

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Associated Press | Feb 24, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - "America's most patriotic rock band" performed America's most patriotic song at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. And the reviews were mixed. Madison Rising's rendition of the national anthem had a few drivers chuckling and some fans shaking their heads before the Nationwide Series season opener. "Well, I wish they would just sing the damn song," driver Brad Keselowski said after the race, which Regan Smith w... more

Phil Everly, Half of Pioneer Rock Duo, Dies at 74

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Associated Press | Jan 06, 2014

LOS ANGELES - There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their voices with songs about yearning, angst and loss, it changed the world. Phil Everly, the youngest of the Everly Brothers who took the high notes, died Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. He left a towering legacy that still inspires half a century after The Everly B... more

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