Country Music - 06/03/14

I can remember singing Patsy Cline with my mom as a little girl.  My mom loved listening to the Forester Sisters and I would sing those with her too.  I remember Ray Stevens songs and how often my grandfather would play them.  I can sing almost every word to "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival."  My great grandparents were banjo pickers.  I've known some level of country music for as long as I can remember. 

It's funny because my dad is all rock-n-roll and I've listened to every Steve Miller, Allman Brothers and Boston album.  Dad plays the guitar and drums.  My uncle plays a mean Hammond b3.  I've been known to pick up a microphone or pick up sticks and sit down at the drums.  (Confession: I played the french horn in school)

Moving to Nashville has been an amazing experience on a music level and a coming home of sorts.  Of course country music has changed since Patsy but I still love it.  I dig everything from Jake Owen to Carrie Underwood - Blake Shelton to Little Big Town. 

"Pontoon" isn't a new song but it's my summer anthem.  Every time I hear it, I go to a happy place:  boat, water, sun, laughs... and maybe a cold beverage :)

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.