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Country community responds to Boston Marathon bombings

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – The country music community reacted with sympathy for Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

"Sending all of my love to Boston after a day of sadness and confusion and not knowing what to say. I just don't understand," said Taylor Swift on Twitter, one of many posts by country artists on Twitter.

Brad Paisley wrote, "Could there be anything more cowardly than planting a bomb in a public place and running away?These terrorists are the epitome of cowardice."

"Boston, sending our thoughts and prayers..." said The Band Perry.

Joy Williams of The Civil Wars tweeted, "Sending my love and thoughts to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings today."

"Can't sleep. My heart is heavy. I think about someone wanting to hurt my family and my blood boils. Boston, we love you," said Randy Houser.

"There is no reason. It just is. Hopefully we can use it for some kind of good," Gurf Morlix tweeted.

Jason Isbell wrote, referring to the Masters golf tournament, "There is no reason. It just is. Hopefully we can use it for some kind of good."

"Thoughts and prayers with all those in Boston. So sorry. Pray for our country. Words are hard to find to express the sorrow and emptiness," said Billy Ray Cyrus.

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Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
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 Mavericks scorch the night – With temperatures plunging outside to single digits and the streets of downtown wallowing in piles of the omnipotent white stuff, it's a good thing that The Mavericks decided to play inside. Only it wasn't so much the thermostat that warmed up the night. More like the opening night of The Mavericks' Mono Mundo Tour, which worked on a... »»»
Concert Review: Wy rocks the house – Although Wynonna arrived on stage 25 minutes late with no explanation, her nearly two hour set of songs and stories more than atoned for her tardiness. Billed as "Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song," there was no shortage of stories, as Wynonna is a really talker. But there was also no shortage of fine songs either. Wynonna opened with a... »»»
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