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11 Cool Places in Nashville You Really Must Visit

This summer, I started a walking tour of downtown Nashville (walkinnashville.com). After twenty years of writing about music, and interviewing the likes of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, I figured it might be fun to share some of what I’ve learned, along with a few backstage stories. There are a number of tours on [...]

11 Country Stars and Their Cookbooks

1. Kitty Wells Country Kitchen Cookbook by Kitty Wells (1964) The Queen of Country Music published three volumes of cookery over thirty years. In addition to down-home delights like 7-Up Poundcake (which contains a full can of the soda), she also offered Tex-Mex and Hawaiian recipes. 2. Cooking With Kenny Rogers by Kenny Rogers (1987) Rogers was a [...]

11 Game Show Hosts and Their Musical Aspirations

After legendary game show host Richard Dawson passed away last week, Gawker dug up a single Dawson released in 1967. Titled “Apples and Oranges,” the song was actually the B-side to another single called “His Children’s Parade.” Though dual careers as a game show host and singer/songwriter may seem a bit odd, it’s actually more [...]

Now Open: 8 New Thrill Rides at America’s Theme Parks

Whether it’s for a day trip, a getaway weekend, or a full-blown vacation, there’s a theme park near you, and many of them have new rides to deliver the biggest thrills yet -if you’re into that sort of thing. 1. Dollywood: Wild Eagle The big trend in roller coasters is the “winged” ride, in which the carriage [...]

The Late Movies: Tom Jones and…

Welsh singer Tom Jones seems to keep going and going and going. In a half-century of performing, he has shared the stage with an amazing variety of singers, some of which may surprise you. Jerry Lee Lewis (1968) * Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (1969) * Janis Joplin (1969) * Little Richard (1969) * Joe Cocker (1970) * Aretha Franklin (1971) * Tina Turner (1977) * Isaac Hayes (1979) * Dolly Parton [...]

The Late Movies: Mixed Musical Genres

It’s a treat for your ears when a song you know is performed in a completely different style. Sometimes it seems like there’s a hard dividing line between musical genres, with folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel forever separated from pop, rock and rap. But occasionally a song crosses over, not just on the charts, but [...]

The Best and Worst Political Campaign Songs (But Mostly the Worst)

With the campaign for the Republican nomination in full swing, candidates are beginning to rally their bases, retool their talking points and (cue the intro music, please!) select their campaign songs—those upbeat little ditties that play at rallies, speeches and pretty much whenever a candidate walks on stage. The Art of Choosing the Right Campaign [...]

Flowery Bits

NOTHING SAYS TECHNOLOGY LIKE FLOWERS The flower business might seem old-fashioned, but 1-800-FLOWERS is anything but behind the times. In the 1980s, it was one of the first businesses to operate a 1-800 number, taking calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And in 1991, during the Gulf War, the company made the risky [...]

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XVIII

It’s time once again for GUESS THE THURSDAY NIGHT THEME. The clips below all have something in common…leave your best guesses in the comments section. As always, first one to correctly guess the theme gets to brag to via social networking to friends and lovers and is free to place this accomplishment on [...]