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Jessica Phillips  |  April 29, 2009

Like many in the country music industry today, George Strait is mourning the passing of the great singer Vern Gosdin. Sending his condolences to the family, Strait says, "We will all miss Vern. He was one hell of a country singer and helped me out a lot on my very first tour. Our thoughts [...]

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Jessica Phillips  |  April 29, 2009

I'm sorry to hear that country star Vern Gosdin passed away at midnight last night. The man behind the classics, "Chisled in Stone," and "Today My World Slipped Away," (which was later re-recorded by George Strait) was 74. Gosdin suffered a stroke several weeks ago. [...]

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Jessica Phillips  |  April 28, 2009

The recent news that country-rockers John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, and the Red-Headed stranger himself, Willie Nelson, are going on tour together this spring should make every blue-collar worker, songwriter wannabe, and small-town patriot happy. This is a musical troubador's dream team. I [...]

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Jessica Phillips  |  April 27, 2009

Mississippi native Randy Houser premieres his new video for the foot-stompin' single, "Boots On" today, and it features all the usual star antics you'd expect from a country video---a heavy-duty guitar shredding, head-bopping, leg-shaking frontman mugging for the camera. But it [...]

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Jessica Phillips  |  April 27, 2009

Rumor has it that Jimmy Wayne could be part of tonight's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. A few months ago, Jimmy spent two days on location in Montgomery, Alabama, putting in long hours and swinging a hammer alongside the rest of the Home Edition crew to frame a house for a less fortunate [...]

Continue reading "The (Big) Heart and Soul of a Poet"

Jessica Phillips  |  April 23, 2009

In the new issue of RedBook Magazine , singer-actress-model Faith Hill is showing off as many different looks as she has careers. The striking Southern belle spent over 20 hours being primped, plucked, and posed to emulate three of her style icons---Bridget Bardot, Twiggy, and, most [...]

Continue reading "The Three Faces of Faith"

Jessica Phillips  |  April 23, 2009

By now, several million people have viewed the Youtube video of Britian's Got Talent singer Susan Boyle-the 47-year-old, frizzy-haired caregiver who wowed the crowd and judges (most notably, the uber-cynical Simon Cowell of American Idol fame) with her rendition of "I Dreamed a [...]

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