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Justin Moore

Nov. 15 • Bank of Kentucky Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Country music is bursting at the seams with hot, young men, but Justin Moore isn’t just another name soon to fade away. He’s the real thing and he’s here to stay.  
by Hannah McCartney 11.07.2013
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This Could Be Ohio's New State Country Song

For whatever reason, Americans deem it a necessary source of pride for us to award the states we live in all sorts of symbolic attributes, such as an official state amphibian (Ohio: spotted salamander), official state muffin (Minnesota: blueberry) or an official state "sport" (Maryland: walking?). And Oklahoma's unofficial state sport is apparently obesity — their official meal is "fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken-fried steak, black-eyed peas, and pecan pie." Now, there's a very real possibility that sometime soon, the state of Ohio will add to its arsenal of symbols (our state drink is tomato juice?) by adopting its own state "Country" anthem: On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Ohio Rep. Nick Barborack (D-Lisbon) introduced House Bill 330 to the general assembly, which would give the state an official Country song called "Ohio" by Lisbon, Ohio musician Zach Paxson. Here's the song that's been Ohio's official, official song since 1969: Old-timey, for sure, but at least there's some pretty imagery thrown in there. Everybody likes moonlit streams and freedom. And we all know "Hang on Sloopy," the '60s Pop Rock ditty that was actually wasn't designated our state Rock song until 1985, when the House passed a resolution with a bunch of references to the song, including phrases like:  WHEREAS, "Hang On Sloopy" is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously; and WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff.The '80s were a weird time for a lot of things, so this makes a lot of sense. The introduction of Paxson's song, however, feels a little out of the blue.Paxson's video, and the lyrics to the song, from Paxson's website (SIC to the errors): Austin Texas was a great place but I couldn’t wait to get home with a big smile on my face and see those green farms and factories as I made my way through my favorite city’s Chorus So give me a cold one at the end of the day and a “w” for the scarlet and gray this still is the greatest place that I’ve ever known OHIO, OHIO Every morning I pass them in their work boots and their business suits but we all come from the same roots and we’re the keeper of great names cause we got the rock ‘n’ roll and the football hall of fame Chorus So give me a cold one at the end of the day and a “w” for the scarlet and gray this still is the greatest place that I’ve ever known OHIO, OHIO Chorus So give me a cold one at the end of the day and a “w” for the scarlet and gray this still is the greatest place that I’ve ever known OHIO, OHIO, we’re the pulse of America here in the heart of it all OHIOWhat do you think of it? I only made it through the first 30 seconds — I grew up in a rural town and any varietal of  Country music makes me hurt inside. Plus, I found the video, which is a kind of schizophrenic mix of a bunch of really blurry photos accompanied by WordArt lyrics, hard to watch.Clearly, I'm biased, and I don't really get why there are several politicians taking the time to lobby for this to join "Hang on Sloopy" and "Beautiful Ohio." The bill is just waiting to be signed to a committee, so it will be awhile before a decision is made. But it's worth thinking about. Does it deserve to join the ranks of Ohio's tomato juices and bullfrogs? Or are state symbols just generally not supposed to make any sense?
 
 

Dale Watson

Aug. 29 • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Other than the much older generation of Country music artists who are quickly leaving us, where do we turn for real-deal Country music with an edge? One place to look is the “Ameripolitan” sounds of the Austin Music Hall of Famer Dale Watson.  

Florida Georgia Line

Feb. 20 • Brick Street Bar (Oxford)

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Florida Georgia Line’s first single, “Cruise,” might be a love song, but if you have any imagination at all, chances are you’re picturing “every little farm town” that runs along the states’ border. That song made the boys of Florida Georgia Line blow up practically overnight.   

Ridge Runner (Profile)

Country Rock sextet brings a big show and a love of all music

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Country Rock sextet Ridge Runner just returned from Nashville, where they showcased for labels, collected business cards and passed around their sophomore CD. As half of the band (lead vocalist/acoustic guitarist Jeff Workman, bassist/vocalist Troy Brown and fiddler/vocalist Ron Ball) relaxes over beers and fish and chips at the Back Porch Saloon, they proudly recount their Music City triumphs. "I think it was the most productive thing we've done as a band besides make this CD," Brown says.   

Dakota Fanning As a Runaway, Beatles Got Game and Country Fans Are Stumped

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We've often wondered if it's even possible to get through the day in these times without using the Internet. But a study by the Country Music Association found that an astonishing 50 percent of all Country music fans don't know a Twitter from a Google because they lack home Web access.  

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