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Williams, Rooney families grow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – It was a great week for giving birth, at least for a few country musicians.

Holly Williams and husband Chris Coleman had their first child, a daughter, Stella June on Tuesday. Williams said on Twitter, "Hello world! Our hearts are mush and we are thanking God every single second for this healthy miracle of life." Williams is the daughter of Hank Williams Jr.

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon welcomed their third child, daughter Devon Olivia, on Monday. The couple also have Raquel Blue, 4, and Jagger Donovan, 6.

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The Highway CD review - The Highway
Let's get it out of the way right up front-yes, Holly Williams is the granddaughter of Hank Williams and the daughter of Hank Jr., but her last name is about the only thing she shares with them, given that her own music hews closer to a rootsy Americana vibe than any kind of country, classic or otherwise. Her latest album is her first independent effort after releases on Mercury and Universal South, and it's a more subdued, acoustic-based sound that dominates throughout, like Kim »»»
Here With Me CD review - Here With Me
With a lineage like Holly Williams', it would be expected that there be some reference to her family on her sophomore album. And it's there, too, but maybe not as upfront or in-your-face as the family mentions of her half-brother Hank III or her daddy Hank Jr. Mama, is a thank you note to her mother for letting her develop her own relationship with her father instead of pushing her own thoughts on her daughters. Let Her Go is to her father as he struggles to let his daughter fly the nest. »»»
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: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
Concert Review: Underwood leads a night of women in country – Carrie Underwood may have been off the road for three years, during which time she had two boys and did not release an album until "Cry Pretty" 13 months ago, but the most successful American Idol contestant has lost none of her vocal luster to say the least in her Cry Pretty 360 Tour. First and foremost, Underwood remains one tremendous... »»»
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