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Brian Mansfield

Nashville, Tenn.
Content Director, Shorefire
Covers:  american idol, alternative music, rock music, country music, pop music, music festivals, music reviews
Doesn't Cover: business, local, health

Content director @shorefire. Nashville native. All-around music geek. Loving these songs now: spoti.fi/1XPhuvN

I cover country music, "American Idol" and whatever else strikes my fancy for USA TODAY.
http://usatoday.com/life/music/

Also write and produce Opry Country Classics, a live show, broadcast on WSM-AM, running Thursday nights in the spring and the fall at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Merle Haggard, country music legend, dies at 79

Merle Haggard, country music legend, dies at 79
courier-journal.com — In his 1968 song Mama Tried, Merle Haggard sang of turning 21 in prison. Haggard, who died Wednesday in California at age 79, had done just that, though not, as he sang in the song, "doing life without parole."

Appreciation: Merle Haggard left rich country legacy

Appreciation: Merle Haggard left rich country legacy
usatoday.com — In his 1968 song Mama Tried, Merle Haggard sang of turning 21 in prison. Haggard, who died Wednesday in California at age 79, had done just that, though not, as he sang in the song, "doing life without parole."

On the Road Again: Trans Siberian Orchestra

On the Road Again: Trans Siberian Orchestra
usatoday.com — On the Road Again, USA TODAY's spotlight on artists on tour, looks at the prog-rock holiday sounds of Trans Siberian Orchestra. Who needs a Yule log? "When we have pyro hits, you feel the heat roll across the arena," says Trans Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill.

On the Road Again: Meat Loaf

On the Road Again: Meat Loaf
usatoday.com — On the Road Again, USA TODAY's spotlight on artists on tour, looks at Meat Loaf this week. The last Meat Loaf show. "I already kind of know how I'm going to die," says Meat Loaf. "Of an aneurysm. And I think it'll be on stage."

Third time's the charm for the Dead Weather

Third time's the charm for the Dead Weather
usatoday.com — If she was, she might be able to tour in support of the group's third album, Dodge and Burn, which comes out Friday. She'd also have time to finish her next album with her primary band, The Kills, and tour that record, too.

On the Verge: Nathaniel Rateliff

On the Verge: Nathaniel Rateliff
usatoday.com — This week in On the Verge, USA TODAY's spotlight on breakthrough artists, Brian Mansfield talks to Nathaniel Rateliff, frontman of the retro-soul outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Son of a ... "I've been playing music for years and years," says Nathaniel Rateliff, the frontman for the Denver-based band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, currently enjoying a career record with S.O.B.

Don Henley: Music 'keeps me from going nuts'

Don Henley: Music 'keeps me from going nuts'
usatoday.com — NASHVILLE - In No, Thank You, a song from his new Cass County album, Don Henley offers his perspective on days gone by: "Though nostalgia is fine, I respectfully decline to spend my future in the past."

Q&A: George Strait on 'Cold Beer,' Vegas

Q&A: George Strait on 'Cold Beer,' Vegas
usatoday.com — Maybe George Strait got rid of a little too much stress. When he came off the road in June 2014, having played the final show of his two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, "the stress level totally dropped."

Strait announces surprise album, Vegas shows

Strait announces surprise album, Vegas shows
usatoday.com — The cowboy's ready to ride again. George Strait will drop a new album, Cold Beer Conversation, on Friday, with the title track going to radio tomorrow. The album will be available exclusively through WalMart and Apple Music.

How Ryan Adams wound up covering Taylor Swift's '1989'

How Ryan Adams wound up covering Taylor Swift's '1989'
usatoday.com — Before Ryan Adams considered covering a Taylor Swift album, he wrote a song with her. Adams, who released a track-by-track remake of Swift's blockbuster 1989 Monday, got a call from Swift while she was writing songs for her 2012 album Red, asking if they could work on a song together.
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