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Brooks & Dunn, Pat Green, Kellie Pickler join Red Cross Cabinet

Thursday, March 1, 2007 – Brooks & Dunn, Pat Green and Kellie Pickler were named Thursday by the American Red Cross to its sixth annual National Celebrity Cabinet.

They are among 20 new members involved in promoting awareness of Red Cross services. Activities will include taping public service announcements; donating their time, money and blood and feeding victims of disaster. By joining the cabinet, these respected public figures are essentially "on-call" for the Red Cross, donating their time, skills, passion and energy to help the organization when it's needed most.

The American Red Cross has benefited from the involvement of public figures and celebrities since World War I.

Others joining the cabinet this year are actress Kristen Bell of "Veronica Mars; Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo; actress in "Hannah Montana" and daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus; Gary Dourdan of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"; actress Vivica A. Fox; Neil Patrick Harris of Doogie Howser fame; actor Dule Hill, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; NASCAR driver Burney Lamar, actress Susan Lucci, Dr. Phil McGraw of Dr. Phil fame; Spanish talk show host Cristina Saralegui; actress Raven-Symoné; model Niki Taylor; Oscar award winning actor Forest Whitaker and actor Bradley Whitford.

Returning Celebrity Cabinet members include: five-year veterans Tim McGraw, Heidi Klum, Marlee Matlin, Nancy O'Dell, Jane Seymour; four-year veterans Jim Cantore, Jimmie Johnson, Peyton Manning; three-year veterans Rascal Flatts and Leeza Gibbons; two-year veterans Sara Evans, George Foreman, Patti LaBelle, Julianne Moore; and one-year veterans, Zach Braff, Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Chayanne, Jamie Lee Curtis, Amy Grant, Marcia Gay Harden, Tommy Hilfiger, Daniel Dae Kim, Eli Manning, Frankie Negron, Carlos Ponce, Elisabeth Rohm, Jimmy Smits, Aisha Tyler, and Daddy Yankee.

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Reboot CD review - Reboot
Brooks and Dunn return with the duo's first studio album in a dozen years. Sort of. That's because they revisit a dozen of their hits (leaving a bunch behind) with contemporary country singers. "Reboot" is a cross between a tribute album and a redo, and overwhelmingly, the idea works. The general idea is that the guest artist will trade lines with Brooks or Dunn. One could surmise that Brooks & Dunn did this kind of album to introduce these chestnuts in an attempt to expand their fan base. »»»
Home CD review - Home
Christened by some Texas Music purists as a sellout, apparently Pat Green bears no ill will. As one of the first breakout successes, no doubt paving the way for others in the process, Green has nonetheless, come back to his roots with a CD that should lay these criticisms to rest. By the time of its release, "Home" had already spawned two number one hits on the Texas Music charts, "Girls From Texas," a duet with Lyle Lovett, an ode to Texas female "hottitude," and »»»
The Woman I Am CD review - The Woman I Am
High quality music found on Kellie Pickler's "The Woman I Am" evidences how the country singer's last album, "100 Proof," was no fluke. The title track, which Pickler co-wrote with husband Kyle Jacobs, explains how this woman will always have a whole lot of traditional country in her blood. "Sometimes I cry at night/Fall to pieces with Patsy Cline." Many of this 12-song album's best material are also ones Pickler helped pen. They include the »»»
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: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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