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Reba, Rucker, Owen hand out awards

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – A slew of country singers and actors will have the goods to give out Thursday at the Country Music Association awards because they will dole out the trophies.

Presenting the winners with their awards are Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Jana Kramer ("One Tree Hill"), Jake Owen, actor/comedian Tim Allen (star of ABC's "Last Man Standing"), actress Connie Britton (star of ABC's new hit series "Nashville"), Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Hayden Panettiere (star of ABC's new hit series "Nashville"), Lisa Maria Presley and actress/director/producer Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who happens to be the wife of Brad Paisley, one of the evening's hosts.

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It's been five years since her last album - 2010's "All the Women That I Am" - but the Queen of Country Music's crown hasn't lost its luster. On her 27th album, Oklahoma native McEntire adds another jewel to her tiara - she's already garnered 35 number singles and sold 56 million albums worldwide - with her new album that covers familiar territory: strong women, the heartbreak of breakup, the determination of a broken lover starting over and the destructive and »»»
All The Women I Am CD review - All The Women I Am
The hope of any budding artist is to be able to cut a record that justifies having the chance to do it again let alone be launching their 34th release yet, but that's just what Reba McEntire's up to with "All The Women I Am." Continuing to tap into her girl power within, the redhead delivers more of her signature sass and sound, consistently peppered with power and poignancy. Nashville hitmaker Dann Huff is at the production wheel, and his influence is felt from the get-go »»»
Keep on Loving You CD review - Keep on Loving You
Reba McEntire is on a brand new label for her after spending 25 years on MCA. That's about the only new thing. Well, yes, veteran Mark Bright produced 7 of the 13 songs with mainstay Tony Brown the rest, but it's hard to tell the difference between the two as McEntire sticks with her bread and butter. That would be her powerful set of vocal chords that can alternate between soft (But Why to the more powerful (Consider Me Gone with the woman forcing the relationship). »»»
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: Time makes a difference for Striking Matches – What a difference four months makes. When the duo Striking Matches debuted in Boston in late May, Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis capably showed off their skills, but somehow it felt like a lot of songs fell just a bit short. Davis and Zimmerman tended to cut a lot of songs abruptly, never letting them breath enough or fleshing them out.... »»»
Concert Review: Home Free sings out – Home Free, the Minnesota-based a capella quintet that first caught the nation's attention by winning the fourth season of NBC's reality competition The Sing-Off in 2013, is one of the most talented and unique acts in modern country music. The question has always been whether or not the group and their all-vocal style, which includes the... »»»
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