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Tornado

Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’ – Song Review

'Tornado' is a bold choice for Little Big Town's next single, as it takes on another storm song from a country music superstar with more clout -- Carrie Underwood. As an album, 'Tornado' is sharp and uncompromising, so this brashness should come as no surprise. Few will argue that there isn't room for both of these heavyweights on iPods and country radio.

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Faith Hill
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Faith Hill, ‘American Heart’ – Song Review

Faith Hill has a new album finished, but it seems fans won't get to hear it until a single sticks. 'American Heart' is at least the third new song fans nationwide have heard -- including 'Come Home' and the title track, 'Illusion,' played during the 'CMA Music Festival' special on ABC. Like the others, it's a thick production made accessible by the wonder of Hill's voice. 

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Grand Opening of The Station on State
Bart and Lori Amsbaugh Celebrate Grand Opening of The Station on State With Knob Noster Chamber of Commerce

The Station on State in Knob Noster Celebrates Grand Opening

Usually a business will have a grand opening as soon as a place opens.  However, The Station on State in Knob Noster waited six months to hold their grand opening. Owners Bart and Lori Amsbaugh thought it would be good to get their restaurant up and running and concentrate on establishing themselves and training their staff.  The official grand opening was held on Saturday, September 15.

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Avett Brothers
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The Avett Brothers, ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

The first three songs on 'The Carpenter,' the new studio album from the Avett Brothers, might be as close to perfect as one will find on a country (or country leaning) album in 2012. All three stick with you like a first kiss with the love you're meant to share your life with. You're dying to repeat it again and again, sure you'll never grow weary.

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Little Big Town
Capitol Nashville

Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’ – Album Review

Little Big Town assert themselves as a vocal quartet with real power and attitude on their new album 'Tornado.' The project -- their most consistent and satisfying yet -- sheds the milquetoast midtempo exercises that bogged down previous albums in favor of ones with true grit. 

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Kix Brooks
Arista Records

Kix Brooks, ‘New to This Town’ – Album Review

If nothing else, the 12 songs on 'New to This Town' -- the first solo album from Kix Brooks in 23 years -- serve as reminder that we really don't know the mustachioed half of Brooks and Dunn very well. The project is is downright rowdy, and Brooks is a more colorful singer than he showed on songs like 'Lost and Found.' 

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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney, ‘El Cerrito Place’ – Song Review

'El Cerrito Place' is the signature song on Kenny Chesney's new 'Welcome to the Fishbowl' album. Its release as a single makes certain the direction the singer has chosen for his future. Stadium anthems may be yesterday's news, replaced by revealing ballads that can be uncomfortable to listen to for the very first time.

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Behka’s Links: Why Sedalia Needs a ‘Five Guys’ [VIDEO]

Guys, today I am just straight up going to show you a funny video.  That's it.  That's all there is to it.  OR IS IT?

Well, the other day the boys here were talking about what businesses they'd like to see come to Sedalia.  I was reminded of a tasty establishment called Five Guys Burgers.  I ate at one of these in Detroit once.

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EMI Nashville
EMI Nashville

Dierks Bentley, ‘Country and Cold Cans’ – Album Review

EPs are often like movie sequels in that they often feel like a ploy to make a few dollars instead of a chance for an artist to expand upon a theme. Much like ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ and more recently, ‘Toy Story 2′, Dierks Bentley‘s ‘Country and Cold Cans’ proves to be an exception. 

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Dustin Lynch, ‘Dustin Lynch’ – Album Review

At his best, Dustin Lynch falls in line with the George Strait tradition of good, solid country music sung with enviable ease. The newcomer doesn’t have a dynamic voice, but he’s certainly not a hum-drum bore. Highlights from his self-titled debut album are melodic and in control. 

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