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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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CANDY MAKER-UNIVERSITY FUNDING

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- It's a sweet deal. Candy giant Mars, Inc. is pledging at least $40 million for food-related research at the University of California, Davis. The money will go toward establishing a new institute dedicated to making discoveries in sustainable food, agriculture and health. The institute will be in the school's World Food Center. The university plans to kick in another 20 mil.

HONG KONG-ROLLS ROYCE

HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong tycoon is on a roll -- or make that a Rolls. Stephen Hung is placing the biggest order ever for Rolls-Royce cars. He's dropping 20 mil to buy 30 Phantoms. The luxury rides will be used to chauffeur high-rollers at a resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau. Rolls-Royce says two of the cars will be the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned, complete with "gold-plated accents" inside and out.

DISNEY-FROZEN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Walt Disney World is planning to get "Frozen." The Florida theme park is adding a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular "Frozen" movie. Guests will go to the fictional land of Arendelle and experience recreated moments and music from the film. The pavilion will include an area where guests can meet the movie's sister characters Anna and Elsa.

HARPER-FAN EJECTED

ATLANTA (AP) -- You're outta here! But the ejection at the Braves-Nationals game wasn't a player. The ump booted a fan Tuesday night. Umpire Tim Welke tells the AP a foul-mouthed fan was heckling Washington outfielder Bryce Harper. Welke says he saw the fan come down to the backstop and start shouting profanity in the sixth inning. Welke had him removed from Turner Field in Atlanta. The longtime crew chief says Harper thanked him the next time he came up. Welke adds, "enough is enough."

 
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