October 7, 2008 |
The John McCain campaign has sounded echoes of Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign gaffe of adopting Bruce Springsteen's antiwar song "Born in the U.S.A." by using the Martina McBride country hit "Independence Day" to bring his GOP running mate Sarah Palin on stage at a rally following her debate Thursday with Sen. Joe Biden. The title and most of the chorus sound cheery, patriotic and upbeat -- perfect for a rally: Let freedom ring/ Let the white dove sing/ Let the whole world know that today is the day of a reckoning.
February 18, 1993 |
Kenny Rogers just keeps rolling along. Opening a five-concert run at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, he was the quintessential show-biz artist, masterfully in command of both the music and his audience. There wasn't much that was unfamiliar in the music, other than a couple of new originals, both of which effectively reconfirmed Rogers' ability to craft emotionally charged material.
May 19, 2005 |
A brash newcomer, an Australian and a newlywed recording veteran took away the top honors at the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Gretchen Wilson won for both female vocalist and best new artist despite a sometimes in-your-face approach to the Nashville establishment.
July 12, 2007
The 2007 Orange County Fair opens Friday with an offer of free admission for those who arrive early (before 1 p.m.) and a fireworks display for those who stay late. With the theme of "Cowabunga! The Year of Herefords, Surfers and Sand," the fair will have all the usual carnival rides, games, food, cultural exhibits, local entertainment acts and agricultural competitions.
July 22, 2004 |
In an era of teen pop and youthful hip-hop, the last person you'd expect to see at the top of the charts is a good-timin' ol' boy such as Jimmy Buffett. But the king of the parrot- heads' new album, "License to Chill," entered the national album sales chart Wednesday at No. 1 after selling 239,000 copies in its first week in the stores, reports Nielsen SoundScan. The CD -- the first No.
May 26, 2005 |
Carrie Underwood, the country sweetheart who beguiled national television audiences with her strong voice and bright smile, is this year's "American Idol," defeating Southern rocker Bo Bice in the show's finale Wednesday night. The Oklahoma native received more viewer votes than runner-up Bice, of Alabama, after Tuesday's final round, snaring the title and a record contract.
November 7, 2003 |
Marty Martel never had a gold record, but he's been in the country music business for 30 years, first as a singer and later as the owner of a small production and talent agency. Now 64 and near the end of his career, Martel wants a little peace of mind. He wants to see a long-discussed retirement home built for people in country music, a place where singers, producers, musicians and others can go, no matter how little money they have.
October 9, 2003 |
OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" tops the nation's pop sales chart for the second consecutive week, turning back strong first-week showings by Bad Boy's Da Band, Sting and Dido. The OutKast album, which consists of separate solo discs by the Atlanta hip-hop team of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, sold 235,000 copies last week to bring its two-week total to 746,000 copies. The set is being widely heralded by critics as an album of the year contender.