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I cover country music, "American Idol" and whatever else strikes my fancy for USA TODAY.
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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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Garth Brooks comes to Orlando this October

wtsp.com — Garth Brooks is coming to Orlando this October as part of his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. On October 8, Garth Brooks will perform at the Amway Center in Orlando at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 26, for $75. Brooks had to cancel a show in Tampa last May due to the Stanley Cup Finals.

USA Today: Lubbock native Joe B. Mauldin, Crickets bassist, dies in Nashville at 74

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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."
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