Lady Antebellum get honest, vulnerable on new record ‘Ocean’


Country vocal group Lady Antebellum know how to move people to tears with their songs and their newest record feels as vulnerable and honest as a therapy session. The trio of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are known for their heartfelt harmonies and emotional resonance on songs like the Grammy-winning “Need You Now,” but on their new album, […]

‘Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show’ will debut Nov. 29 on Amazon Prime


Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves knows who the real star is in her family — her grandmother. That’s why the singer put the woman she calls Nana in her upcoming holiday special, “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show.” “Basically, this is just Nana’s world. We’re just all livin’ in it. This is Nana’s Christmas special if you hear from her. I’m just […]

Late career recognition leaves Tanya Turner ‘beyond shocked’


The first time Tanya Tucker was nominated for a Grammy Award, it was 1972, it was for her breakout country hit, “Delta Dawn,” and she was just a teen. Now more than 45 years later, Tucker finds herself nominated for four Grammys, including song of the year for “Bring My Flowers Now,” competing against the likes of Lady Gaga and […]

Coldplay turn 180° from arena pop rock

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Coldplay, “Everyday Life” (Parlophone/Atlantic) At the end of a year that saw musicians like Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran gingerly dip their toes into other languages, Coldplay have responded: Hold my European beer. Their new album, “Everyday Life,” is so utterly embracing of the world that is has words spoken or sung in Arabic, Spanish, Zulu and Igbo, and even […]

Local stations can be anything but on satellite TV


EDITOR’S NOTE: Satellite TV subscribers in a large portion of Letcher County and other parts of eastern Kentucky are among 500,000 viewers across the nation who can’t get can’t major network programming — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS — from instate stations. As the following report points out, there are 12 such “neglected markets” across the country. When Dianne […]

Nothing boring on Beck’s latest

Music Review

Beck, “Hyperspace” (Capitol Records) We’ve heard Beck when he’s down. And we’ve heard Beck when he’s up. Now hear Beck go past up to something else. Cosmic? Celestial? The 11 songs on the aptly named “Hyperspace” are airy and psychedelic, with warm textures and waves of shimmering synth. This is the soundtrack for a 12-year mission to Mars, songs you […]

Light versus dark

Color of the turkey meat is due to the job of the muscle

As families gather together this holiday season, the lucky ones will avoid impassioned discussions about religion and politics. But another argument is almost inevitable: white meat versus dark meat. Light meat lovers claim dark meat is greasy; dark meat devotees complain that light meat is dry and lacks flavor. Few meat eaters are ambivalent on the matter. But why do […]

Don’t blame the turkey meat if you feel tired

Every Thanksgiving, myths of the quasi-magical powers of tryptophan rise again. There’s the turkey/ drowsiness myth: Eating lots of juicy turkey meat supposedly makes people feel tired because it contains an amino acid called tryptophan. This molecule travels into the brain, where it’s converted into a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which in turn is converted into a hormone called melatonin. Voila! […]

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