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Every song a story

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Country music legend Rodney Crowell at The Victoria Theatre Singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell left his guitar in his other suit. By Dave Gil de Rubio Rodney Crowell is a storyteller. Sure, he’s got a resume a mile long that includes a couple of stints as a key member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, a couple of […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a firm tradition of storytelling and honoring the past. For singer-songwriter Shannon McNally, this is a trueism indicative of a recording career that dates back to her 2001 Capitol Records debut “Jukebox Sparrows.” And while she […]

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Sisterly love

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Shelby Lynne with Allison Moorer at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne By Dave Gil de Rubio Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker once asked if solace was any more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. If there is any doubt that this is the case, look no further than the […]

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A-stompin’ and a-strummin’

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Scott H. Bira-m raises a ruckus in Newport Scott H. Biram bills himself a “Dirty Old One Man Band” By L. Kent Wolgamott Scott H. Biram plays electric guitar and stomps away on a board while he’s singing his songs for a reason that has nothing to do with precisely what he is playing. Rather, […]

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Keeping it real

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Billy Brown brings his country roots to J.D. Legends Billy Brown performs Saturday at J.D. Legends By Tim Walker Billy Brown certainly is the real deal: friendly, talented, down-to-earth, and country as all get-out – and he’s got his Master’s degree to boot. Hailing from Corbin, Kentucky, down on the Tennessee border, 45-year-old Billy Brown […]

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Christmas, country style

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Martina McBride’s “Joy of Christmas” tour stops at Hobart Arena Martina McBride performs at Hobart November 29. Photo: Joseph Lianes By Tim Walker Martina McBride is one of country music’s biggest female stars, and she’s been a household name since the release of her first album, “The Time Has Come”, back in 1992. But her […]

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Country stardom fast-track

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Up-and-comer Jackie Lee at Oddbody’s Photo: Country singer, Jackie Lee, takes the stage at Oddbody’s this Friday By Lisa Bennett The early 1920s was an interesting time in American history. World War I was officially over, the country was becoming more urban than it was rural, and inventions like home refrigeration, penicillin, and radio were […]

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The things that she is made of

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Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Dayton Mary Chapin Carpenter; photo: Aaron Farrington By Allyson Crawford Mary Chapin Carpenter is a different kind of songstress. She’s not so much straight country anymore but more so evolved in to her own lane. She’s a storyteller first and has a knack for creating melodies that highlight the ebb […]

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Living the good life

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Marshall Tucker Band brings southern charm to Clark State Community College (L-R) B.B. Borden, Rick Willis, Doug Gray, Marcus James Henderson, Tony Black, Chris Hicks; photo: Marshall Tucker Band By Allyson B. Crawford “We’re nothing special, we’re just a bunch of guys that get together and make people smile and have a good time,” Doug […]

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Take 2

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Dayton’s own Ashley Martin celebrates album release at Caddy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Ashley Martin releases her self-produced new album, Take 2, at Caddy’s Nov. 17; photo: Daes Photography Modern country is more often than not a terrible thing—overproduced music that might as well be top 40 pop with cringe worthy lyrics, vocals as ear pleasing […]

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A family affair

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American Idol’s Alexis Gomez returns to her Centerville home By Matt Clevenger Teamwork paid off for Alexis Gomez, an internationally known country artist who first gained national attention as a semi-finalist on American Idol in 2015. Originally from Centerville, she will return to her hometown Aug. 14 for a free show at Stubbs Amphitheater. “It’s […]

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Four guys

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Eli Young Band in the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand By Ashley Martin Photo: Eli Young Band hits the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand Aug. 4; photo courtesy of Triple 8 Marketing Music is my entire world. I perform it for a living, I listen to it when I am not writing it, record it when I have […]

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Old Crow, new tricks

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Old Crow Medicine Show at Rose By Matt Clevenger Photo: Old Crow Medicine Show brings busker attitude to Rose July 19; photo: Crackerfarm It’s been more than 15 years since Old Crow Medicine Show first started busking on street corners in New York City, and since then, these city slickers have risen to become one […]

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Stompin’ the yard

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Lebanon’s Stompin’ in the Street festival returns By Joyell Nevins Don your cowboy hat, pull on your cowgirl boots and boogie down to Lebanon, Ohio, this weekend for its annual “Stompin’ in the Street” country music festival Saturday, June 11. “Country music is a good genre for Lebanon,” says Jo Wise, Main Street Lebanon executive […]

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The simple impossible

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Canada’s small-town country star Codie Prevost at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Lisa Bennett Theodore Roethke once said, “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” If that statement is true, then this world needs a whole lot more people like the Award-winning Canadian country star, Codie Prevost. Over the past several years, this […]

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Kiefer Sutherland’s journal

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Sutherland goes country at Taft Theatre By Amanda Dee Kiefer Sutherland would be the first to roll his eyes if another actor announced a record, but he couldn’t leave his album on the shelf. “I think the thing that I’ve been most cautious about is actually going forward with it … and if everybody in […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]