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Country Music in Sports

I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys seeing two of my loves come together. The 2011 NHL Awards, which aired June 24th, featured country musician Dierks Bentley. Bentley not only watches hockey (keep an eye out for him and other country musicians at Nashville Predator games), but also plays for the Nashville Iceholes.

While watching CMT, I also learned that this year’s MLB All-Star Game’s celebrity softball feature will include Jason Aldean!

Others who will play in the celebrity game include:
Nick Jonas
Jordin Sparks
Chord Overstreet
Tim DeKay
Jesse Williams
Paul Dimeo
Tom Papa
Larry Fitzgerald
Jennie Finch

Source: All-Star celebrity softball rosters taking shape

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Music: A is for. . . (pt. 1)

Alan Jackson.

One of the first country musicians I remember hearing; quite possibly the first.  I’m not a huge fan of his gospel sound, and tend to lean toward the faster songs and fuller sounding slow songs.  I think what first attracted me to him was the good dance beat, and easy to learn lyrics (even if I didn’t always understand them).  Jackson is one of those singers who I believe bridges old country with new.  He has a distinctive sound and focuses on the lyrics.  The music is mainly the sounds of different guitars (acoustic and steel), as well as drums.  While he has done multiple covers and duets, he does have plenty of songs which are exclusively his.  He his written many of his songs.

My favorites songs are “1976“, “Buicks to the Moon“, “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow“, “Chattahoochee“, “Country Boy“, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox“, “Drive (For Daddy Gene)“,  “First Love“, “Gone Country“, “Good Time“, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name“, “If it Ain’t One Thing (It’s You)“, “I Still Like Bologna“, “It’s Alright to be a Redneck“, “It’s Five o’ Clock Somewhere“, “Little Bitty“, “Little Man“, “Livin’ on Love“, “Margaritaville“, “Mercury Blues“, “Murder on Music Row“, “Pop a Top“, “Right on the Money“, “Santa’s Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck“, “She Likes it Too“, “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)“, “Small Town Southern Man“, “Summertime Blues“, “Tall Tall Trees“, “That’d be Alright“, “The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues“, “Up to My Ears in Tears“, “USA Today“, “Where I Come From“, “Who’s Cheatin’ Who“.

Albums I own are A Lot About Livin’ a Little Bit ’bout Love, Who I Am, Don’t Rock the Jukebox, What I Do, Precious Memories, Like Red on a Rose, Good Time.

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