Behind the Song: “The Gambler”

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Johnny Cash cut it. Bobby Bare cut it. Under the name “Charlie Tango,” Conway Twitty’s son, Michael Twitty, cut it. Even the songwriter himself, Don Schlitz, cut it, as well as other people whose names are a distant Music Row memory. But when Kenny Rogers and producer Larry Butler finally recorded “The Gambler,” Schlitz was […]

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Singles Reviews: Dexateens, Cass McCombs, David Ball

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(All of these songs appear on our new free sampler, The Country Way Digital Vol. 1) Cass McCombs – “Dreams-Come-True-Girl” (featuring Karen Black) An outlier on an otherwise country album, this is the least so, favoring the crooning and ‘50s-era oldies in the bass and percussion. Karen Black’s background singing is most memorable in the […]

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