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X's Exene Cervenka discloses she has MS

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – X singer Exene Cervenka said Tuesday she has multiple sclerosis.

"After some months of not feeling 100-percent healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from multiple sclerosis," Cervenka said in a prepared statement. "Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time."

"My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health - many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people."

Cervenka has been touring with X, and the tour will continue. She also is slated to release a solo album later this year on Bloodshot.

CD reviews for The Knitters

The Modern Sounds of The Knitters CD review - The Modern Sounds of The Knitters
The title of this, only the second ever Knitters studio CD, is intended to be funny: You see, there's really nothing modern about the folk and country these SoCal hillbillies create. About the only thing truly "new" with this recording, is the way these primarily day job punk rockers (including John Doe, Exene Cervenka, and DJ Bonebrake of X) put roots-y spins on previously rocking tunes. Such musical makeovers range from X's own "Burning House of Love" to a less wild take on Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild. »»»
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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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