Kenny Rogers, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”

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The most timeless songs usually deal with some aspect of the human condition, with things that have existed for as long as people have. Songs about love, loss, pleasure, pain, and even the ravages of war are favorite subjects of songs that we hear on the radio every day. One song that is still being […]

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Photos: Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

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Check out or Top Ten Moments from Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, which took place 9/27-28 at The Lawn at Riverfront Park in Nashville, TN.

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The Top 10 Moments From Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

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Let this be known: Zac Brown knows how to throw a party. The American Songwriter crew spent 2/3rds of our weekend listening, eating, and headbanging our way through the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, then spent the remaining third at home, chasing away the very particular hangover that occurs whenever a person ingests too […]

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An Ornery Cowboy Jack Clement Leads Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductions

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(Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers, and Cowboy Jack Clement with presenter Bill Anderson. Photo: Barry Mazor) Congratulations to Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Cowboy Jack Clement, the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The three musicians will join the ranks of such country music luminaries as Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and Willie Nelson. […]

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Watch Our Black Lips Interview From Bonnnaroo

The Black Lips delivered a Sunday matinee set from the Which Stage at Bonnaroo, an unusual time slot for this merry band of miscreants. But perhaps it was appropriate in a perverted kind of way, given bassist Jared Swilley’s status as a preacher’s boy. “Thank you for what you’ve done to your minds this weekend,” […]

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The Top Ten Moments At Bonnaroo

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Did you have a good ‘Roo? Whether you watched from home on the webcast, slogged it out for four nights in Manchester, or are blissfully ignorant of the entire weekend, we’ve got the skinny on ten legendary moments from this year’s Bonnaroo. Dawes Grow Up Dawes drew a huge crowd to the Sonic Stage on […]

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Bonnaroo In Photos: Sunday

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The Beach Boys, Phish, Kenny Rogers, The Civil Wars, Delta Spirit, The Black Lips, fun., Gary Clark Jr. and War on Drugs play Bonnaroo 2012.

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Phish Cements Its Legacy At Bonnaroo

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Phish are known for being one of the best live acts on the planet. Since its formation, the band has had a reputation for playing harder, tighter and just plain better than other bands. So when you’ve been doing that for nearly 30 years, what do you do to make a show special? How do […]

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Alice Cooper, Fun., Feist Gear Up For Bonnaroo

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Bonnaroo is less than two weeks away, and the fans aren’t the only one’s gearing up for the event. American Songwriter Magazine sat in on a conference call Wednesday with Alice Cooper, Leslie Feist and Jack Antonoff of fun., where the artists talked about their plans for the festival. Cooper said that he is excited […]

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Kenny Rogers and 42 New Bands Join Bonnaroo Lineup

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If you were hoping to hear “The Gambler” at this year’s Bonnaroo, your odds of that happening have just increased 1,000 percent. Country music icon Kenny Rogers has been added to the Bonnaroo lineup, as well as a host of awesome indie bands and artists, who have been grouped under the label “Cafe Artists.” Among […]

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Guest Blog: Ty Stone

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Modern country star Ty Stone has an appreciation for the classics. Stone, whose new album American Style is available online, sent us this list of his heroes from the era of Jimmy Carter, disco and platform shoes. Catch Ty on tour now. Ty Stone’s Top 5 favorite Country Stars of the Late ’70s 1. Mac […]

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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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