Keeping It Real – MCR 8.24.16
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  When I started covering music full time in 2000 for the local newspaper, the part of the beat that I found most challenging was Christian pop. It was huge and growing – a parallel world of record labels, publishers and touring that had its own culture and clearly a lot of talent. But I… Read more »

Vox Populi – MCR 8.17.16
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Photo by Shelly Swanger. For a full slideshow of the show click here!   As the (inexplicably) controversial Dixie Chicks took the stage in downtown Nashville for the first time in years and as the campaign trail increasingly resembled a David Foster Wallace novel, a simple man with a simple musical plan took our stage… Read more »

Welcome Shelly Swanger!
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We’re thrilled to welcome to the team our new in-house photographer Shelly Swanger. Here’s a bit from her website bio: Growing up in Memphis, I was always a dreamer. I loved music and all things visual. I used to take my Grandmother’s Kodak Instamatic camera and play around with it all the time. My true love… Read more »

Hitting The Spot – MCR 8.17.16
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I keep an obscure volume on the reference book shelf next to my desk called Modern Twang: An Alternative Country Music Guide and Directory, published in 1999 by David Goodwin. It’s a time capsule of where our music was at the end of the century and the dawn of the Americana chart, so it’s fun… Read more »