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From the defiance of "The Fightin' Side of Me" to the melancholy of "If We Make It Through December"

This week’s listener requests come from Mark in Harmony Mountain, Nova Scotia

 

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WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2016

 

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Hank Williams Sr. | April 17, 2016

 

 

APRIL, 1953 NUMBER 1 SONG - HANK WILLIAMS SR. - 'YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART'

APRIL, 1968 NUMBER 1 SONG - LORETTA LYNN - 'FIST CITY'

APRIL, 1983 NUMBER 1 SONG - ALABAMA - 'DIXIELAND DELIGHT'

APRIL, 1998 NUMBER 1 SONG - JO DEE MESSINA - 'BYE BYE'

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Legendary Country Star, Merle Haggard, didn't just write great country songs, he lived them. His real life experiences of poverty as the son of Oklahoma migrants, an early stint in prison and a life lived on the road gave his songs true grit when others would just have to imagine those scenarios for inspiration.

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It was an emotional night during the American Idol finale as past winners and finalists came together to celebrate the long run of the singing competition show.

carrie 

Garth Brooks' latest duet features the dulcet tones and sweet harmonies of an unexpected partner: Carrie Underwood's hockey-playing husband. Yes, Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators.

kelsea 

Last week the annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville, Tennessee started, and who better to take the stage at one of the many participating venues than ACM Award winning female vocalist, Kelsea Ballerini?