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RIP Kitty Wells: Queen of Country Music


Country Music Legend Kitty Wells passed away in her home on July 16,  due to complications from a stroke. She was 92 years old.  Wells was given the title Queen of Country Music by Country Icon Fred Rose and we agree wholeheartedly. Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason) was the first woman in Country Music history to have an LP (1956′s Kitty Wells’ Country Hit Parade) and to have a Number 1 single, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”   Read More


New Iris Dement Album Coming In October


The brilliant but ever elusive Iris Dement has not released any new material since the 1996 album, The Way I Should. However, it looks as though we are going to be blessed with a whole new onslaught of her genius. Yes! Now, that is what KMW calls good news.  Dement is scheduled to release a brand new album of original material in October. Read More


Chrissie Hynde: Fierce and Forever Young


Chrissie Hynde, front woman for one of the most innovative bands in history (The Pretenders), is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a certified music Icon. Her savvy strut, guitar grit and sultry/sarcastic alto has delivered sharp lyrics and an even sharper attitude for over three decades.  When she came onto the scene with her tomboyish style sporting an Elvis smirk, spouting off intelligent and quirky lyrics and slinging a Fender Tele in the late 70s, it was clear this was a woman who knew her art and knew how to deliver it. Her music has remained consistent and grown year after year, and at age 60, she’s not done yet.  Read More


Patsy Cline: The Voice, The Spirit, The Legend


At the young age of 30, Patsy Cline left the physical world but her legacy has lived on for close to fifty years. Considered one of the best Country vocalists (if not THE best) of all time, Patsy (born Virginia Patterson Hensley) Cline’s perfect pitched voice made each note sail to the sky, her mournful cries unmatched in integrity and beauty. She crashed through female singer sterotypes and broke barrier after barrier, paving the way for artists like Dottie West, Loretta Lynn and Linda Ronstadt. “Strong” as a description doesn’t really cover it. Pasty Cline was a FORCE.

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