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Steve Earle on Allison Moorer Split and Why Caring for Their Son with Autism Was the ‘Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back’

It’s been three years since prolific singer-songwriter Steve Earle and country star Allison Moorer divorced. But for Earle, the pain of that loss is still very much alive.

In a revealing interview with The Guardian, the 62-year-old musician got candid about his relationship with Moorer —his sixth wife, seventh marriage (he wed Lou-Anne Grill twice), and the woman identified as the love of his life.

The two had a whirlwind romance and were together for eight years (the longest of any of Earle’s marriages). Both musicians, they often toured side-by-side. Earle would even famously introduce Moorer on stage
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Your Essential Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Guide

Your Essential Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Guide
The key to any voyage into the twangy depths of this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is planning.

San Francisco's annual free celebration of bluegrass (and also not bluegrass) in Golden Gate Park, now in its 12th consecutive year, has gotten so popular that shuttling between stages to see all of your favorite bands can prove virtually impossible. Instead, the best idea is often just to get there early, pick a spot near the stage you're most interested in and stay there for the long haul.

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While the lineup was announced months ago, the actual full schedule, complete with set times, was only released recently. Essential planning's gotta all be done Right This Very Second.

Our top recommendations are Ben Kweller, Buddy Miller, Robert Earl Keen, The Dirty Three, the Heartless Bastards, Son Volt and Les Claypool's Duo De Twang. If you're curious as to why this is exciting,
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Celeb Birthdays June 17-23: Paul McCartney, Carson Daly And Selma Blair Celebrate This Week

Celeb Birthdays June 17-23: Paul McCartney, Carson Daly And Selma Blair Celebrate This Week
June 17: Actor Peter Lupus (TV's "Mission: Impossible") is 80. Singer Barry Manilow is 69. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 61. Actor Mark Linn-Baker ("Perfect Strangers") is 58. Director Bobby Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary") is 54. Actor Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways," "Wings," "Ned and Stacy") is 51. Actor Greg Kinnear is 49. Actress Kami Cotler ("The Waltons") is 47. Actor Jason Patric is 46. Singer Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd is 43. Actor-comedian Will Forte ("Saturday Night Live") is 42. Actor-rapper Herculeez of Herculeez and Big Tyme is 29.

June 18: Musician Paul McCartney is 70. Movie critic Roger Ebert is 70. Actress Constance McCashin ("Knots Landing") is 65. Actress Linda Thorson ("The Avengers") is 65. Keyboardist John Evans of The Box Tops is 64. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 60. Actress Carol Kane is 60. Actor Brian Benben ("Private Practice") is 56. Actress Andrea Evans ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is 55. Singer Alison Moyet is 51. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) is 49. Country singer-guitarist Tim Hunt (Yankee Grey) is
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Shelby Lynne Explores Her Family Tragedy in ‘Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road’ Video

Shelby Lynne Explores Her Family Tragedy in ‘Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road’ Video
Country singer Shelby Lynne has a voice that sounds like heaven, and a family history that has echoes of that other place. In 1986, when she was just 17, Lynne’s father shot and killed her mother before taking his own life. Shelby and her younger sister (the singer Allison Moorer) were nearby when it happened. Lynne’s song “Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road,” which she performed memorably at the WSJ Cafe, explored the family tragedy from her father’s perspective.
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Shelby Lynne Goes Down ‘Revelation Road’ at the WSJ Cafe

Shelby Lynne Goes Down ‘Revelation Road’ at the WSJ Cafe
Even before the cameras started rolling at a recent interview, Shelby Lynne had something to say.

Shortly after taking her seat for a video interview for the WSJ Cafe, the acclaimed country singer- songwriter announced that the chairs in the studio were arranged incorrectly. “Well, I’ll tell you first off what’s wrong with this setup,” she declared. She wanted to be able to face her interviewer.

On her most recent album, “Revelation Road,” Lynne also looked to take control.
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DVD Playhouse--May 2011

DVD Playhouse: May 2011

By

Allen Gardner

Blow Out (Criterion) Brian De Palma’s greatest Hitchcock homage, with a dash of Antonioni thrown in for good measure. John Travolta gives one of his best turns as a sound-effects engineer who unwittingly records a political assassination, then finds himself hunted by a ruthless hitman (John Lithgow, a memorably creepy psycho) after saving the life of the kindly, albeit dim-witted call girl (Nancy Allen, excellent) who was with the deceased. Terrific blend of suspense and very black humor, perhaps De Palma’s finest hour as an auteur. Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with De Palma, Allen, cameraman Garrett Brown; Photo gallery; De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder a la Mod; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 2.0 surround.

Kes (Criterion) Ken Loach’s landmark 1970 film is both a heart-rending portrait of adolescence, and a pointed socio-political commentary on life in the North of England.
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The White Stripes, Carrie Underwood and Kid Rock pay tribute to Loretta Lynn

The White Stripes, Miranda Lambert, Paramore, Carrie Underwood and Kid Rock are among the artists who will appear on a “Coal Miner’s Daugher: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn,” out Nov. 9. Other artists handpicked by Lynn for the cover collection, according to The Tennessean, include Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack. The White Stripes’ Jack White and Lynn first worked together on her beautiful, Grammy-winning 2004 set “Van Lear Rose,” on which White produced and performed.
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Steve Earle Featured On Charity Album For New Orleans

Steve Earle and his wife, Allison Moorer, are just two of the stars who have donated songs to a new benefit album raising funds for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Joining the couple – who welcomed a new baby into their lives earlier this year – on Dear New Orleans are a number of bands and artists, including Ok Go, Tom Morello and My Morning Jacket. The album is being produced by Air Traffic Control, an organization that has been co-hosting activism retreats in New Orleans for the last four years.

Proceeds from the Dear New Orleans album will go to a number of organizations working to support and sustain the region’s unique musical and cultural traditions, and to protect and restore vital environmental and community resources for future generations. These include Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network.

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Pajiba After Dark 5/27/10

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A lot of the American readers of Pajiba After Dark are likely looking forward to the three day weekend we've got this week. Of course, the bad news about Memorial Day weekend is that it tends to mark the departure of basically all television shows worth watching. Makes my job easier, but more depressing for the next few months. So I hope everyone enjoys their picnics, pool parties, or day spent lounging around in PJs but while doing so, give a thought to the brave service people whose sacrifices are being honored this weekend. Here's your TV:

8:00 p.m.: "Flash Forward" on ABC. First season finale.

"So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox. It says "Two hour seventh season finale" but I swear they mean "premiere."

8:30 p.m.: "100 Questions" on NBC. Series premiere.

9:00 p.m.: "Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute" on ABC.
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Allison Moorer: Crows

Nothing to crow about: New songs fly in crooked line There’s something comfortable about crows—their trademark call, that unmistakable silhouette, and the fact that no matter where I reside, they’re always there. I’m no ornithologist, but I think crows are a lot like the men in my life: clever little assholes that win you over with dark humor and reliable comfort. A lot of people have a deep personal association with these vaguely creepy avatars. And perhaps this pandemic of familiarity is why Allison Moorer felt the need to name her new album after the ghost of our collective repose....
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Allison Moorer Interview, Part 2: A Chance to Take Deeper Breaths

Allison Moorer Interview, Part 2: A Chance to Take Deeper Breaths
This is the second part of a two-part interview with singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, who will release her seventh studio album, Crows, on Feb. 9. She talks about her career, her relationship with older sister Shelby Lynne and what it's like being Mrs. Steve Earle. Still in pursuit of happiness, Allison Moorer at least seems content at this stage of her career, unconcerned about how her new record will do on the charts or in terms of sales. Admitting in Part 1, "I'm not a spring chicken," at age 37, Moorer adds, "I'm definitely not a new artist. Just the fact that I've got yet another record label (Ryko) willing to take a chance on me and make a record, I think that's pretty damn good." On only her second album, The Hardest Part in 2000, Moorer sounded...
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Allison Moorer HuffPo Interview: Awaiting John Henry Earle

Allison Moorer HuffPo Interview: Awaiting John Henry Earle
In the first part of this two-part interview with one of the country's most overlooked artists, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer talks about her new album, Crows, the impending birth of her first child and the state of country music. Close to delivering her eighth record and first child (in that order), Allison Moorer seems far removed from her previous life as a Country It Girl. In a New York state of mind now, her memories of Alabama, where she was born, and her once-adopted home of Tennessee aren't nearly as warm as the weather down there. She still makes records in Nashville and occasionally goes back with her husband, folk hero/rock renegade/outlaw countryman Steve Earle, who has owned a home in Fairview since the Eighties. If it's a tie that binds, they sound ready to cut it loose. "Hopefully, when the market recovers,...
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Giveaway: History Presents The People Speak

On Sunday, December 13th History presents "The People Speak," featuring dramatic performances chronicling the history of this country. To mark the premiere, History and BuzzFocus are teaming up to giveaway 2 The People Speak prize packages. The People Speak prize pack Includes: - The People Speak t-shirt - The People Speak dry erase whiteboard - History tote bag About The People Speak: "The People Speak" will feature dramatic performances chronicling the history of this country, including charter documents, letters, diaries and more, from such celebrities as Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, David Strathairn, Marisa Tomei, Jasmine Guy, Michael Ealy, Kerry Washington, and musical performances from Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Allison Moorer and John Legend. These slices of life will be woven together with archival footage and interviews. Join us online: Join us online: Official Site, History's Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter. "The People Speak" premieres Sunday December 13th at 8/7c on History Channel!
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Who Was Former Wilco Member Jay Bennett?

Multi-instrumentalist died Sunday at age 45.

By Gil Kaufman

Jay Bennett

Photo: MySpace

Whether hunched over an acoustic guitar, a cigarette dangling from his lips, or pulsing behind a keyboard, lost in the music, Jay Bennett cut an imposing figure. During his tenure with Chicago alt-rock icons Wilco, Bennett — who died in his sleep of as-yet-undetermined causes on Saturday night at his home in Urbana, Illinois, according to his former label — often sported a ragged head of near-dreadlocked blond hair and an intense stage presence.

The singer and multi-instrumentalist was 45 and had written on his MySpace blog in April about the intense pain he still suffered from a decade-old hip injury sustained in a stage dive while playing with his previous band, Titanic Love Affair. Bennett said he was preparing to have hip-replacement surgery but was worried that his lack of health insurance might be an impediment, forcing him to sell
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