Behind the Song: “The Gambler”


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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Southern Man: A Q&A With Josh Kelley


Josh Kelley is living the good life. His family unit is strong (Kelley and his wife, actress Katherine Heigl, are enamored with their newly adopted daughter, Naleigh, and Kelley’s younger brother Charles is tearing up the charts in Lady Antebellum), and his country music career is in full swing. Kelley’s “Georgia Clay,” co-written with his […]

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Special Report: After The Flood

“You could see the waterline, like eight feet of water in the house – you just had to gut the whole house. Sheetrock, insulation – all the way up to the ceiling. It was the weirdest thing, seeing hardwood floors just buckled.” Country singer Jason Jones is sitting in a bar in Nashville, talking about […]

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