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Tim McGraw helps kick off NFL season

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – Tim McGraw will help kick off the new football season on "NFL Opening Kickoff 2009 Presented by EA Sports" simulcast on NBC and NFL Network on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 8 -8:30 p.m. The show honors the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh. The live pregame broadcast, which leads into the season opener between the Steelers and the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field, will also be available via NFL Mobile Live only from Sprint.

McGraw and The Black Eyed Peas will kick off the celebration, hosted by Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live," with a free concert open to the public at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

Curb Records will release Southern Voice, McGraw's first studio album in two and a half years, on Oct

CD reviews for Tommy Womack

Namaste CD review - Namaste
Although little known among the masses, Tommy Womack has a storied career that encompasses any number of solo excursions as well as work with earlier bands like the Government Cheese, Bis-Quits and Daddy. "Namaste," however, is clearly his best work by far, not only due to its supple sway and Dylan-eque delivery (check out "It's Been All Over Before," a song that not only sounds eerily like the Bobster, but which, on first hearing - and subsequent listens as well - »»»
There, I Said It! CD review - There, I Said It!
Can a blistering self-analysis of one's psyche be transformed into a commercially viable CD" In the case of singer-songwriter Tommy Womack's heavily autobiographical latest, the answer is an enthusiastic "yes." Although this is Womack's fifth solo album, it is his first since suffering a nervous breakdown nearly four years ago. If nothing else, Womack is blatantly honest about his psychological travails as he deftly takes the listener on a journey detailing his »»»
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: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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