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Rachael and Vilray play swing music of yesteryear with a side of charm and wit

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Without any introduction or explanation otherwise, anyone listening to swing duo Rachael and Vilray would think that the duo had stepped right out of the 1930s or 1940s to bring the world harmony and humor-rich songs that shake away the anxieties and doldrums of the present day. Recently, the pair appeared on NPR's...

Kayle’ Brecher’s “Kayleidoscope” is full of surprises

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"Kayleidoscope" is vocalist, arranger, and composer Kayle' Brecher's eighth recording. She has created new arrangements for classic songs. The arrangements illustrate her approach to re-visioning songs. With a hearty ensemble of more than a dozen musicians, Brecher brings a fresh style to beloved tunes. Among them, "My Favorite Things." A bit about Brecher

Jake Hoot wins “The Voice” season 17

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And, seemingly just like that, it's over. After weeks of speculation, commenting and reading comments online, judging performances as they aired, it is over. A new winner of "The Voice" has been crowned. Jake Hoot, a six-foot-six country crooner with a humble persona and radio-friendly voice has won. Did anyone see this coming? Odds...

Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

COVID-19 deaths climb in NY; Chris Cuomo tests positive

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 300 new deaths in New York from the coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours, a somber-sounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday as temporary hospital beds were made available in a city where some hospitals are already struggling.City officials announced Tuesday that 250 more ambulances and 500 paramedics and EMTs are...

Gillispie back in Division I close to home at Tarleton State

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Billy Gillispie said he had other opportunities to get back in NCAA Division I basketball during a successful stint as a Texas junior college coach. The West Texas native accepted one close to home, far from the overbearing pressure of trying to reach the Final Four or win a national championship.Gillispie was introduced Tuesday...

Las Vegas marking parking places for homeless encampment

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Homeless people in Las Vegas have been directed to sleep in rectangles painted on the pavement in a makeshift parking lot camp as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a move that is stirring outrage by some on social media.Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro suggested in a post on Twitter...

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.Devils co-owners Josh Harris and David...

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too - more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more expense for drivers at the gas pumps.The administration's final rule relaxes future mileage standards...

Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

MIAMI (AP) - Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are eager to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state's health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship's coronavirus caseload. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that the decision would be punted to Washington if authorities can't agree.With the...

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too - more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more expense for drivers at the gas pumps.The administration's final rule relaxes future mileage standards...

Virus: Elton John-led concert raises $8M; Rihanna ups aid

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.CONCERT RAISES MILLIONSThe Elton John-led starry benefit concert...

The Latest: Red tape holds up delivery of US ventilators

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:- Pentagon holding ventilators until HHS says where they are needed.- U.N. chief says pandemic is biggest global crisis since World...

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference, for a total of 14, next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time.During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled due to the new coronavirus, the owners also awarded one of...