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June 14, 2000 |
Literate. Insightful. Witty. A songwriter's songwriter. That's the rap sheet on Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen. So who was that guy onstage Monday at the Crazy Horse who kept spurring a rapturous Irvine crowd to hooting and hollering more befitting a sing-along with Toby Keith's anthem to emotional retribution, "How Do You Like Me Now?!"?
August 31, 2002
Let me get this straight. Songwriters who express anger and patriotism over the murder of 3,000 human beings on 9/11 elicit yawns and rolling eyes, while those who distance themselves from such "extremes of emotion" offer "comfort and perspective" ("Can Songwriters Convey What Everyone Is Feeling?" by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 28). Apparently Hilburn has decided that the only tasteful method of musical expression is employed by Bruce Springsteen, who steers well clear of any such emotional extremes on his new album, and by Steve Earle, who would like us to walk a mile in John Walker Lindh's shoes before judging his inexplicable behavior.
November 13, 2003 |
It's no shock to Toby Keith fans that the country singer's new album "Shock'n Y'all" entered the national sales chart at No. 1 Wednesday after selling 585,000 copies. The Oklahoma singer and songwriter has become one of country music's top guns, and the new album's early momentum has been fueled by his hit single "I Love This Bar." His first-week figure put him well ahead of the No.
December 19, 2009
Top North American tours of the decade Band Gross Band Gross 1. Dave Matthews Band 529.1 26. Barry Manilow 173.9 2. Celine Dion 522.2 27. Bob Dylan 161.1 3. Kenny Chesney 455.6 28. "American Idols Live" 156.8 4. Bruce Springsteen 444.3 29. Ozzfest 154.9 5. Rolling Stones ...
November 28, 2012 |
Regular viewers of “The Colbert Report” know that when musical guests drop by the show, Stephen Colbert isn't content to sit there asking question: He likes to sing along. In recent months Colbert has performed alongside Bonnie Raitt, Placido Domingo, Toby Keith, Harry Belafonte and Elvis Costello, to name just a few. So when country legend Dolly Parton sat down for a chat with Colbert to plug her new book, “Dream More,” it was all but inevitable they'd sing a duet.
October 25, 2012 |
If you live in Ohio, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are giving you a lot of love. But if you reside in California or Alabama, you may feel neglected and ignored by the candidates for president. Like parents in a big, noisy family, all their attention goes to the troublesome kids, not the compliant, quiet ones. There has never been much doubt that states such as California, New York, Massachusetts and Washington would give their electoral votes to the president, and no doubt that Romney could depend on states such as Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and South Dakota to be solidly in his camp.
July 8, 2010 |
One of the most electrifying moments at this year's Stagecoach country music festival had nothing to do with the high-wattage, big-budget stage productions that accompanied performances by the event's main attractions, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland. In fact, it came as the result of a technological breakdown. Inside a tent with the noontime sun blazing above, Louisiana singer and songwriter Mary Gauthier was in the middle of a song from her new album, "The Foundling," when a loud pop was heard over the PA, and then the sound system died.
June 9, 2010
SERIES MythBusters: The team explores myths and misconceptions surrounding the flu (9 p.m. Discovery). I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant: The reality series returns with new episodes (9 p.m. TLC). Happy Town: Rachel (Amy Acker) is eager to flee Haplin after her terrifying kidnapping experience in this new episode of the mystery drama (10 p.m. ABC). Monsters Inside Me: The docu-medical series about parasites and the people who suffer them is back for another season (10 p.m. Animal Planet)
September 20, 2009 |
Former Dodger Brad Penny had already given up a grand slam, back-to-back homers, seven runs total, and the third inning wasn't over Saturday as he walked off the mound. Welcome back to Dodger Stadium, Penny having his way with the Dodgers in San Francisco six days ago, but now hearing from Toby Keith over the sound system singing, "I ain't as good as I once was." And now you know why I told Joe Torre he's nuts. The Dodgers are a different at home. They had the best record in baseball for much of this season because they are different at home.