Songwriter Johnny MacRae passes away

Photo courtesy MaryMacrae.com Johnny MacRae, who wrote hit songs such as Conway Twitty's  I'd Just Love to Lay You Down and Reba McEntire's You Lift Me Up to Heaven, passed away on Wednesday…

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Craig Morgan joins for 19th Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” campaign (from the mailbag)

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The 19th Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” Care Package
Stuffing Party will hit Jacksonville, FL, on July 11 for a fun-filled day at The
Jacksonville Landing where dedicated volunteers and the general public will fill
7,500 care packages for our servicemen and women serving overseas.  

 A
dedicated group of military spouses, USO volunteers and Jack Daniel’s employees
and friends will stuff the bulk of the care packages from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., but the
famed distillery is asking the general public to stop by The Jacksonville
Landing from 11 a.m-6 p.m. to stuff a bag of their own.  Each care package will
include a “toast” card – a personal message of support for our
troops.
 
The stuffing lines will be located on Hogan Street between The
Landing and Times-Union Center building.  All supplies for the care
packages will be provided.

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Miranda Lambert ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ Is A Surprise – Single Review

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As a big fan of Miranda Lambert, I’m always eager to hear of
new singles, but each time she surprises me with her (or her label’s) choice. ‘All
Kinds of Kinds’ is not what I would have picked, and I would have expected
commercial soft rock love ballads like ‘Safe’ or ‘Better In The Long Run’,
although personally I’m glad they have been left unreleased. As a fifth single
from her award-winning album ‘Four The Record’, ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ may be
destined to trail off in the charts, and perhaps not be promoted as much as it
should while Miranda focuses on recording the new album.

It’s certainly an interesting choice, that may lay the
ground for Kacey Musgraves to finally release ‘Follow Your Arrow’. Written by Phillip Coleman and Don Henry and championing
the different types of people that inhabit this Earth, Miranda sweetly sings
about cross-dressing congressmen, prescription drug addicts and people covered
in tattoos as nonchalantly as a country singer could. It’s a positive message,
one that opens the album and opens the floodgates for the colourful characters
that inhabit her songs. However, it does prefer to couch its message of equality
in circus imagery and fantasy, rather than direct comparisons with the real
world (for the most part), and she missed a vital opportunity to come out in
support of gay rights, among other things.

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