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Jeffrey Remz  |  March 29, 2012

Earl Scruggs did not invent the banjo. Nor did he even invent the three finger style of playing, although that is very much associated with him, of course. Scruggs did something much more important during most of his 88 years - he brought the banjo to the fore as a key, main instrument. Scruggs [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  March 27, 2012

Forgive me if this comes off as more than a bit cynical, but when I heard that Lionel Richie was going to release a country album, I was surprised. I never had thought of Richie was a country artist, but lo and behold, apparently he is now as "Tuskegee" dropped Monday. Richie, of [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  March 9, 2012

The Taylor Swift machine was huge in 2011. The superstar had a take home pay of almost $35 million million. Not bad for someone who's 21 herself. This is the annual Billboard magazine listing of the top 40 music money makers in 2011. Swift was first with $35,719,902, about $3.5 million [...]

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