Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens in Bristol This Weekend

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The Birthplace of Country Music Museum opens this Friday in Bristol. The $10.5 million dollar museum was built in conjunction with Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution and is a project years in the making for the small town, which straddles the border between Tennessee and Virginia. The grand opening weekend will feature a number of special […]

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Watch The Trailer For Divided & United Civil War Compilation

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A diverse group of artists including Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Ralph Stanley have joined together to recreate the tunes of the Civil War for a 32-song compilation album, Divided & United, available here. A two-disc collection inspired by the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, the album is a mixture of folk, Americana, country and blues […]

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Short Takes: Ry Cooder, T Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue And More

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Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch) Rating: Who needs Lewis Black, Bill Maher or Jon Stewart when you have Ry Cooder? The famed slide guitarist and world music enthusiast releases his most incisive and sardonic political album, mixing wry observations on bankers, politicians and war mongers into upbeat, even jovial rock, […]

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Ralph Stanley: A Mother’s Prayer

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Gospel tracks from a bluegrass legend.

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Writer Of The Week: Crooked Still

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“Listening to ‘You Got the Silver’ first would be like eating your dessert before your appetizer.” If you think you know all there is to know about bluegrass music, Crooked Still will set you straight. The Boston band appreciate the Rolling Stones as much as they do Ralph Stanley, and it shows. Their latest album, […]

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Jim Lauderdale: Patchwork River

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Jim Lauderdale Patchwork River Skycrunch/Thirty Tigers Rating: With almost twenty albums in as many years (on a slew of majors and indies) notched to his belt, multiple outings with Dr. Ralph Stanley and collaborations with bluegrass contemporaries, songs recorded by top country artists, plus a few Grammy nods to boot, Jim Lauderdale is a true […]

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“O, Death”

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O, Death O, Death Won’t you spare me over til another year Well what is this that I can’t see With ice cold hands takin’ hold of me Well I am death, none can excel I’ll open the door to heaven or hell Whoa, death someone would pray Could you wait to call me another […]

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RALPH STANLEY: The Last Mountain Man

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RALPH STANLEY: The Last Mountain Man

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