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November 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, and the Gettysburg Address wasn't lost on the participants in the new compilation “Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War,” created to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “Day of Liberty,” sung by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, eagerly anticipated the day when freedom would be a reality for the nation's African Americans....
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March 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- What kind of song does it take to silence a club full of insiders at a crowded concert on the first night of the South by Southwest music festival? The kind that hasn't been invented yet. Ashley Monroe, a gifted young country singer from Tennessee, came as close as one can to that goal early Tuesday night at the Empire Control Room, where she brought an audience gathered for an MTV/VH1/CMT showcase to a respectful hush with her song "Used. " It's a winsome holdover from a limited-release 2007 disc that Monroe revived for her new album, "Like a Rose.
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March 11, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer
Everyone knows who Julia Roberts is, but getting her to star in your movie costs a lot of money. The same can go for high-profile musical acts such as Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez, whose contracts can be as flashy as their outfits.
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