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Chuck Wicks, Jewel ready to begin Dancing With the Stars

Sunday, February 8, 2009 – Chuck Wicks and Jewel are among the celebrity competitors poised to take to the dance floor for the eighth season of Dancing With the Stars. The new cast was revealed Sunday as series host Tom Bergeron presented the "All Night Name Drop," announcing this season's competitors throughout ABC's Sunday night prime-time programming.

Wicks' dance partner in the competition will be his girlfriend and fellow country recording artist, two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, Julianne Hough. Jewel will appear with husband and rodeo star Ty Murray.

Joining Wicks to round out this season's celebrity contestants are rapper Lil' Kim; Jackass star Steve-O; Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell; actor Gilles Marini; actress Denise Richards; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; recording artist Belinda Carlisle; actor/comedian David Alan Grier; football hero Lawrence Taylor; and Olympic Gold-medal winning gymnast Shawn Johnson.

Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, March 9 followed by a second performance show on Monday, March 16, with the first results show debuting on March 17 on ABC.

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Picking Up the Pieces CD review - Picking Up the Pieces
"The worst crime a person can commit is to be boring," sings Jewel in "Plain Jane," a track on "Picking Up the Pieces," her 12th album. Thanks to her origin story, no jury could ever convict her of such an atrocity. In her childhood, Jewel Kilcher's father brought her with him to perform in bars. By 15, she was living on her own in a cabin and riding a horse to multiple jobs. A year later, she busked her way across the country, into Mexico and back as she wrote »»»
Rough CD review - Rough
There's a possibility that the name Chuck Wicks doesn't quite ring a bell with you, but he's the guy behind Stealing Cinderella, his debut hit single from 2009. Since then, Wicks has had mid-level success, seeing further singles make respectable gains, but nothing like that first big hit. Now, Wicks is back with "Rough," a five-song EP that showcases some great songwriting and solid delivery and just may be what gets Wicks back in the game. Wicks manages to include a »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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