Randy Travis, “On the Other Hand”

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He was accused of being “too country,” but within a few years of being turned down by every label in Nashville in the early 1980s, Randy Travis was being hailed as a leader at the forefront of a group of country vocalists called the “new traditionalists.” Travis, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam and others were on […]

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Highlights From The 2012 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards

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(Don Schlitz and Kenny Rogers) Songwriting can sometimes be a solitary task, or at most a collaboration of a handful of people. So when a song hits a nerve and resonates with others it can be a wondrous thing to watch it take off and have a life of its own. For the past 43 […]

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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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