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In music writing, as with anything worth doing, there's always the pull of undeniable predilections, the force of personal bias and pure subjectivity. And then there's the way I feel about the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard.
The force is strong with Sturgill Simpson -- the force of hard-core country music, a la Waylon Jennings and George Jones, that is.
Marshall Lytle, bassist for Bill Haley and the Comets, has died at the age of 79.
Radio stations in Oklahoma City are making a difference.
With the soul of a rockabilly, the guitar chops of heroes like Scotty Moore and the lyrical skills of a country master, Marshall Chapman remains one of the most respected talents in Nashville (and beyond).
Soul-folk legend Richie Havens has died at the age of 72.
The great rock record producer Andy Johns has passed away.
RIP Paul Williams, founder of Crawdaddy! and a brilliant writer.
Alvin Lee of Ten Years After has died at the age of 68.
The incomparable Van Cliburn has died at the age of 78.