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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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All The Women I Am CD review - All The Women I Am
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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). »»»
50 Greatest Hits CD review - 50 Greatest Hits
Reba McEntire has enjoyed a long career as one of country's superstars. This consists of 3 chronologically arranged CDs, starting with her number 1, How Blue, from 1984 through her most recent top 5, Because of You , a duet with Kelly Clarkson from 2007. There are no new songs, alterative takes or anything else that a collector might want. In fact, a few hits are missing, including her first two number ones Can't Even Get the Blues and You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving. »»»
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: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball" – At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat. Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name – Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
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