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Lynn Anderson RIP: ‘95 interview revealed down-to-earth country star

Posted August 1st, 2015 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Lynn Anderson, who died Thursday, July 30, in Nashville, was a down-to-earth country star with a great sense of humor and many delightful personal stories.
When I interviewed her by phone in advance of two April 1995 concerts at the Auburn Performing Arts Center in Auburn, Wash., Anderson was 47 years old.
Best known for [...]

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Chris Cornell announces solo album and tour for ‘Higher Truth’

Posted June 4th, 2015 by genestout

Grammy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated singer songwriter Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame has announced plans to release a new solo studio album, “Higher Truth.”
Due Sept. 18 and produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil Young), the album expresses Cornell’s continuing evolution as a songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman, telling stories which resonate across genre [...]

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Sea-Tac Airport and EMP Museum unveil Pearl Jam poster exhibit

Posted May 27th, 2015 by genestout

As part of the Experience the City of Music program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Port of Seattle, EMP Museum, Pearl Jam, and poster artists Ames Bros. today unveiled a new exhibit of screen prints commissioned over the years for the band’s promotional concert posters.
The exhibit on Concourse A is the second music-themed attraction for [...]

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Former Pipettes singer Gwenno Saunders debuts ‘political concept album’

Posted May 7th, 2015 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
Gwenno Saunders, once lead singer of British girl-band Pipettes (the delightful if slight 2007 “We Are the Pipettes”), soon will be debuting “a political concept album inspired by an obscure Welsh language sci-fi novel, subtly disguised as a blissful kraut-pop record.”
Sung entirely in Welsh, “apart from one song in Cornish,” the album, called, [...]

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Seattle native Dylan Jakobsen premieres new video on ‘Taste of Country’

Posted May 1st, 2015 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Country music is extremely popular in Seattle, despite the city’s reputation as a mecca for grunge and alternative rock.
Now along comes musician Dylan Jakobsen, who was born in Seattle during the grunge era of the ’90s and grew up on a diet of classic rock. But his preferred style today is country rock, [...]

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