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Tracy Byrd spearheads benefit concert for Texas governor's manion

Thursday, June 19, 2008 – Tracy Byrd is pushing plans to hold a benefit concert to restore the Texas Governor's Mansion that was severely damaged due to fire a few weeks ago. Byrd plans to recruit his friends in Nashville with Texas ties to participate.

Gov. Rick Perry welcomed the idea. "I was so saddened by the news of the torched Governor's Mansion, and I felt compelled to do whatever I could to see that the beautiful structure is restored. This is the obvious way for me to help make a difference."

Plans are being made now and details have not been finalized. Investigators are still searching for an arson suspect in the June 8 fire.

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Different Things CD review - Different Things
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Greatest Hits CD review - Greatest Hits
At first glance, the title of this anthology seems peculiar. There's nothing to indicate, as all Tracy Byrd Watchers know, that this is his second greatest hits collection. This reticence can't be a nod to truth in advertising since adding on a couple of unreleased tracks (as T Byrd does here with "Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman" and "Johnny Cash") has become de rigueur in these situations. Maybe it's because three of the tracks on this are also on "Keepers," his first GH package. »»»
The Truth About Men
Tracy Byrd owns a big sounding voice, but he has rightfully managed to get pigeon-holed as either singer of novelty fare, kind of like Joe Diffie did, or lightweight mushy songs. But Byrd has recorded far better material than "Watermelon Crawl," perhaps the height of novelty absurdity. What Byrd has been unable to do is break free from those shackles and be allowed to sing hard core country, something he is clearly capable of doing. And unfortunately this is no exception. The title track is cute »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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