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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: From Golden Gate Park To Your Living Room

Photo: Steve Earle<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
John Prine<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Steve Earle and John Prine at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The old axiom that it’s impossible to be everywhere at once probably still holds true—or does it?

I was thinking about this the other weekend when I didn’t make it to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for the 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

But thanks to the marvels of technology, I felt like I was there being able to selecting a stream from among the 100+ artists performing on seven stages. Now you can too now with their incredible archive–or should I say treasure trove. You can do this with one stroke of a button at hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

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Oct
23

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Catch Sam Baker On Tour In The UK This November!

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Texan singer/songwriter Sam Baker arrived on the music scene with a story to tell. In 1986 he was taking a train ride through Peru, when a bomb exploded in the carriage and 7 people died, leading to Sam emerging with both psychological and physical scars. But it pushed him to re-learn the guitar and re-build his memory and speech, and in 2004 he released his debut album ‘Mercy’ to much critical acclaim. His minimalist approach to making music and intense lyrical themes shone through from his life experiences, and he followed this record up with two more in a trilogy; ‘Pretty World’ (2007) and ‘Cotton’ (2009). Last year he returned once again to releasing music with the celebrated ‘Say Grace’, and the accompanying UK tour was so successful they decided to head out again this November.

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23

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Billboard Chart Roundup – Week of November 1st, 2014

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Boosted by its poignancy as Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s Disease develops, his autobiographical final single ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ jumps from #50 to #21 on Hot Country Songs, while it comes in at #2 on Country Streaming Songs. Other leaps this week include Eric Church’s ‘Talladega’, which is the Digital Sales Gainer (11 places), just as Kenny Chesney’s ‘Til It’s Gone’ is the Airplay Gainer (it jumps #25 to #18 on Country Airplay and #38 to #26 on Hot Country Songs). Jason Aldean takes this week’s radio #1 with ‘Burnin’ It Down’, while Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton and Chase Rice bring up the rear for potential #1s in the next few weeks. Also moving up is The Band Perry’s new single from The Best of Me soundtrack, ‘Gentle On My Mind’, which reaches #37 this week, a 10-place climb. Meanwhile, Toby Keith’s ‘Drunk Americans’ debuts on Hot Country Songs at #40 (#16 on Country Digital Songs), Aaron Watson’s ‘That Look’ comes in just below at #41 (#10 on Country Digital Songs) and Dierks Bentley’s ‘Say You Do’ drops at #50. Read on for more chart stats this week!

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Oct
23

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Florida Georgia Line ‘Sun Daze’ – Single Review

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Following the mysteriously convenient #1 positioning of lead single ‘Dirt’ during the week of their sophomore album release, Florida Georgia Line have also kicked things into high gear with the release of a new single ‘Sun Daze’. It was originally unveiled as a promo track a few weeks ago, met with disgust at the over-sexualized, misogynistic and crass lyrical content, leading most to be repulsed.

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Oct
23

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Alvin Stardust 1942-2014

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Alvin Stardust, the renowned singer and performer, has passed away aged 72. He died at his home on the morning of Thursday 23 October. His wife, Julie Paton, and his family were with him. Very recently diagnosed with Metastatic Prostate Cancer he died after a short illness.

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