Fly fishing legend dead at age 93

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  Bernard "Lefty" Kreh, of Cockeysville, died today. You may ask, "Who is Lefty Kreh?" Well, the Frederick native is perhaps the most famous fly fisherman in the world. He was the author of more than 30 books on fly fishing, including an autobiography published about 10 years ago, "My Life Was This Big: And Other Fish Tales." He is credited with introducing America, and the world, to fly fishing. He traveled the world with a fly rod teaching the art of fly fishing to others. ... read more

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Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett get most ACM nominations

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Reba McEntire, who you may recognize from current KFC commercials, announced the nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards this morning. Reba knows a thing or two about winning music awards and will be the host of the ACM Awards show at 8 p.m. on April 15, airing on CBS live from Las Vegas. This will be her 15th year as host. Chris Stapleton received 8 nominations; Thomas Rhett 6; Keith Urban and Shane McAnally 5 each; Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris 4 each; Sam Hunt, Little Big ... read more

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KANSAS: Richard Williams talks about carrying on this classic rock band’s music

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(NOTE: This article will appear in the March 8 edition of 72Hours, in print and online.) KANSAS has established itself as one of America's iconic classic rock bands. This legendary group has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is best known for their million-selling gold singles "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind." The band's career spans more than 40 years. "Forty-five, actually," said Richard Williams, guitarist and one of two original band members still with the band. ... read more

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Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85

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Mel Tillis passed away early Nov. 19 at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. According to his publicity manager, Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85. The following is from a press release from Absolute Publicity: The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), ... read more

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Randy Houser makes first London tour, returns to Charles Town … what an October!

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Randy Houser started off the month of October with his first European tour playing shows in London. The month ends with a one-night only show in Charles Town, West Virginia. Such is the life of a country artist. "It was fantastic!" Houser said in a recent phone interview of his London tour. "It's wonderful to be able to expand your horizons a bit. Country music is growing and expanding there." It was a busy couple of days across the pond but Houser and his wife, Tatiana, were able to hit some ... read more

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Tracy Lawrence: Still playing the good ole music he is known for

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Country music fans from the 1990s through early 2000s know the name Tracy Lawrence. (It was the "hat" era of male country music artists, which was replaced by the "cap" era.) He's won a slew of CMA and ACM awards, a Grammy nomination, had 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts including "Time Marches On," "Alibis," "Can't Break It to My Heart," "If the World Had a Front Porch," "Texas Tornado" and his first No. 1 song (25 years ago), "Sticks and Stones." The 1980s and '90s were "such a ... read more

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Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt kick off GFF grandstand entertainment

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In his nearly 60-year career, Charlie Daniels has made albums that were country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Christian, songs for kids and, most recently, cowboy songs. But the soon-to-be 81 singer, songwriter and fiddler will tell you he doesn't label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band sound." "I do my music when I want to do it and the way I want to do it," said Daniels, who has a home studio and his own music label, Blue Hat, in Tennessee. "Otherwise I don't worry ... read more

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Cole Swindell at the GFF: You should be there!

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Cole Swindell remembers the first time he played a concert in Frederick. It was the Fourth of July and he vividly remembers watching the fireworks through the back window of his bus. "Back then, we only had one bus," Swindell said in a recent phone interview from Fredericksburg, Virginia. A lot has changed for Swindell since that visit in 2014, including the number of buses he tours with. "Now we have three," he said. Those buses will be rolling into Frederick on Sunday, Sept. 17, as Swindell ... read more

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From Brownfields to Green Space, Charles Town Announces Revitalization Initiative

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Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith announces Brownfield Revitalization Initiative to create nature parks from blighted areas for the community Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials for brownfield restoration and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection joined Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith and other local leaders to cut the ribbon on a new nature park along Evitts Run Creek in the West End of the city. The new greenway is on a former manufactured gas plant ... read more

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When it comes to comedy, Larry the Cable Guy knows how to git-r-done!

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Dan Whitney gave up a job he loved to do standup comedy full time 29 years ago. “I was a bellhop at a hotel,” Whitney said. “I loved it! I like people and it was an opportunity to talk to a lot of people, interesting people. I made big bucks and had a lot of job offers.” But comedy won. Whitney’s character Larry the Cable Guy is one of the most recognized in standup comedy as he always wears a ball cap, a plaid flannel shirt with the sleeves torn off with jeans and talks with ... read more

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