Associated Press
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Washington Free Beacon
16 days
I know from experience because I used to espouse it. Now I know better. To think that country music went quietly in the space of two decades or so from the towering heights of Rhinestone Cowboy to the nadir that is "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" is an extraordinary act of musical fideism. The songwriters and session musicians and label execs and hangers-on of Nashville and Bakersfield were not raptured sometime between the releases of Highwaymen and Van Lear Rose , a new country album that nerds pretend to like because they own all of Loretta Lynn's '60s LPs but which they really only know about because of their fellow nerd Jack White. (To be fair, producing it is the most important thing White ever did, with no close competition.) Sure, hip-hop and the Spice Girls have by now more or less completed their musical revolution, banishing melody and real instruments from the pop charts and leaving the red states with stale country-rap.
Washington Free Beacon
16 days
I know from experience because I used to espouse it. Now I know better. To think that country music went quietly in the space of two decades or so from the towering heights of Rhinestone Cowboy to the nadir that is "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" is an extraordinary act of musical fideism. The songwriters and session musicians and label execs and hangers-on of Nashville and Bakersfield were not raptured sometime between the releases of Highwaymen and Van Lear Rose , a new country album that nerds pretend to like because they own all of Loretta Lynn's '60s LPs but which they really only know about because of their fellow nerd Jack White. (To be fair, producing it is the most important thing White ever did, with no close competition.) Sure, hip-hop and the Spice Girls have by now more or less completed their musical revolution, banishing melody and real instruments from the pop charts and leaving the red states with stale country-rap.
Mashable
16 days
The tiny town of Benham, Kentucky, was originally built to serve the coal mining industryand now it's embracing solar energy. Benham, population 500, will soon get an array of solar panels atop the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum . Built in 1994, the museum is filled with relics from Kentucky's coal mining past, including early mining tools, photographs, and a two-ton block of coal. Country music legend Loretta Lynn, who sang "Coal Miner's Daughter," has housed part of her personal collection on the museum's third floor. The decision to go solar is packed with symbolism, but mostly it just made financial sense, the museum's owners said. Read more... More about Renewable Energy , Clean Energy , Global Warming , Climate Change , and Trump Administration
Voice Of America
19 days
Today, it has about 500 people. The town's second building was a company commissary known as the "big store," where Humphrey would visit every day after school to order an RC Cola and a bag of peanuts, charged to her father's account. Today, that building houses the Kentucky Coal Museum, which opened in 1994 with the help of some state funding. The museum houses relics from the state's coal mining past, including some items from the personal collection of "Coal Miner's Daughter" country singer Loretta Lynn. It's also the best place in town to get the most direct sunlight, which made it an ideal location for solar panels. "The people here are sort of in awe of this solar thing," Humphrey said. The Southeast Community and Technical College, which owns the museum, expects the solar panels to save between $8,000 and $10,000 a year on energy costs, according to spokesman Brandon Robinson.
Voice Of America
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New York Times - United States
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TIME - Top Stories
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Beijing Bulletin
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Daily Express - Entertainment
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Voice Of America
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A new generation of Country musicians - mostly young and female - is changing the look of fashion in Music City with clothing lines designed with fans in mind. Fashion has tended to be exaggerated and designed for the screen or the stage. Consider Dolly Parton's body-hugging denim and rhinestones, Loretta Lynn's sparkly ball gowns, or Shania Twain's midriff-bearing leopard outfit. "I think Country artists, mainly women, have always really dressed well,'' said Karen Fairchild of the Grammy-winning vocal group Little Big Town. "It's been over-the-top and full of fabulous sequins and rhinestones, but it also was attractive and endearing. And that's why if you came to the Grand Ole Opry, you didn't want to see Dolly walk out in something that wasn't sparkly. You want her to be Dolly.'' But Fairchild and others are leading a new wave of fashion style.
BoingBoing
5 months
ForPeoplemagazine 2016 was “The year of the exposed shoulder,” which seems as good an excuse as any for photos of ten female celebrities wearing off-the-shoulder gowns. It’s also been the year of the mannequin challenge, Snapchat filters, Rihanna’s pink fur shower shoes, over-the-top milkshakes, cauliflower pizza and rainbow bagels, ‘Peopletells us, all fads that by this time next year will have us all wondering what the hell we were thinking. “Loretta Lynn Goes to Pot!” screams a ‘Globeheadline, with a full page story revealing - shock, horror - that the country music queen has reportedly confessed to smoking marijuana. Once. For medicinal reasons. Shocking. Prince Harry, who can't seem to get a break from the tabloids this year, is quitting the Royal life to become an actor and “believes he’s got a hot shot at becoming the next James Bond,” claims the ‘Enquirer.
Voice Of America
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New York Times - Music
5 months
Loretta Lynn, Pentatonix and others have released recordings. Some are debuts, some are the second time around.
The Week
6 months
However, that hasn't stopped a handful of famous faces from publicly lending their support to Trump. While some of the endorsements will not come as a shock - it would be hard to picture country-fried stars Kid Rock and Loretta Lynn stumping for Clinton, for instance - some of the names might surprise you. Here's a look at the celebrities casting their ballot for The Donald. US People Donald Trump Kid Rock Loretta Lynch
Channel 4
6 months
Loretta Lynn told him not to do it for that reason. James Comey owes it to the American people to say what he does have. It being Sunday in America, both candidates were in church this morning, perhaps praying for their polls to move in a favourable direction.
Radar Online
6 months
The 66-year-old musician — who has nine children aged 1 to 40 by five different women — has apparently agreed to explore Greenidge's claim that he fathered Mathis. PHOTOS: Loretta Lynn Reunites With Lost Love Child Before I decide the course of action, I will investigate the situation further and make the right decision based on what I learn, Wonder said in a statement provided by his lawyer. As a man who is committed to family, my intention is to do the honorable thing, and I will determine what my actions will be once the whole picture is clearer. We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at tips@radaronline.com, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.
Voice Of America
7 months
Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82. Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died in Nashville. "The Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jean's passing," Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher said in the statement. "Although we will miss Jean's presence on the Opry stage, she has left us the wonderful gift of her music which will be remembered for generations to come." Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the standard for women in country music, choosing to tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group. She presented a strong female point of view on songs like "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)," influencing such key figures in country music as Loretta Lynn who came along a decade later.
The Huffington Post
7 months
Associated Press
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Associated Press
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Cotswold Journal - Showbiz
8 months
The singer has postponed her shows
NME Blogs
8 months
The twins got their start after playing a song they'd written to their singing teacher, Ann Bailey, who had been a session singer in Nashville. She sent some of their music to contacts there and the sisters were soon in the home of country, recording their debut album and working on new tracks for 'Cartwheels'. Who's influenced them? On their Facebook page they list country-star-turned-pop-phenomenon Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Kacey Musgraves and Fleetwood Mac, while in interviews they've also name checked the grand dame of country, Loretta Lynn, amongst others. How big a deal is it that they could get a Number One album? Massive. If Ward Thomas claim the top spot they'll be the first country act to do so in UK chart history. What's more, it would signal a big achievement by the pair, who are still playing tiny venues like Cambridge's Portland Arms on their upcoming October tour.
Red Bull
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