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Shania Twain runs with the torch

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 – Shania Twain is showing that you can go home again - at least to run with the Olympic torch.

Twain will be back in Timmins, Ontario, Canada on New Year's Day to run with the torch as it makes its way to Vancouver, Canada for the start of the Winter Olympics in February 2010.

Twain's run can be seen live at about 7 p.m. eastern time Friday.

CD reviews for 12lb. Test

Harm's Way
Here we have another fine group from the Texas town of Denton, also home of Slobberbone. In fact, 12lb. Test frontman and chief songwriter Michael Hill once was a member of ‘Bone. 12lb Test, similar to Hill's former group, prides itself on delivering a tasty concoction of twang and roaring guitars. However, the band doesn't rely on sheer firepower alone. They're quite capable of being powerfully poppy on songs like "Tear Me Down," "When We Didn't Know" and »»»
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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