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Living the dream

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Brandon Lancaster is living the dream—literally. The frontman of LANCO has seen the hit single, “Greatest Love Story,” top the country charts. But having the hit single isn’t the dream he’s talking about. It’s what he sees on stage night to night, as an outgrowth of the single’s success, that has Lancaster smiling.

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Beer, bands, bar-b-q, Brooks, Brown, and Urban

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There is only one way to cram a year’s worth of events into six weeks and the Springfield Arts Council (SAC) has discovered it. The amazing result is the Springfield Arts Festival. A production of “Oliver!” was the initial performance. By the time you read this, they will have presented KidsFest (sponsored by the Springfield […]

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Still shining the light

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Oak Ridge Boys’ country harmonies at BMI Speedway The Boys: (L-R) Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban By Alan Sculley Over the past decade, few acts in music have been any more prolific than the Oak Ridge Boys. In addition to performing 150-plus shows each year, the vocal quartet has released […]

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Hell on Highway 75

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Justin Moore tour heats up Troy’s Hobart Arena White-hat outlaw Justin Moore kinda doesn’t care. By Alan Sculley Justin Moore was not one of those people who grew up dreaming about having a career in music, where he’d make albums and tour around the country. “I had no desire to do this for a living,” […]

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Better the devil you know

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Brantley Gilbert raises a little hell at Nutter Center Brantley Gilbert brings the country-fried devil to his fans. By Alan Sculley One thing country star Brantley Gilbert promises when he releases a new album is he’s not going to throw fans of his earlier albums for a loop. “I want to avoid the situation where […]

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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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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]