There's always something going on in music and rather than issue separate stories I thought I'd lump a few together for your reading and dancing pleasure. First, recording news from legends.

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MERLE HAGGARD

Country Hall of Famer Merle Haggard has two music projects going on. One is a 45th Anniversary Edition of Okie from Muskogee. This will be a re-issue of some of Merle's best live performances. And the second release is a tribute to Merle from today's country artists. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith and a l lot more will be singing their favorite Merle classics. Can hardly wait for both.

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ROY ORBISON

The great Roy Orbison who passed away way too young and just shortly after his comeback as part of the Traveling Wilburys has a new CD reissue. Here's the press release.

"Mystery Girl - Deluxe" brings together the original 10 songs, including "You Got It," plus nine previously unreleased studio and work-tape demos. Roy's three sons -- Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley -- produced and performed backup vocals. The package includes "Mystery Girl: Unraveled," a new one-hour documentary chronicling the song-by-song creation of "Mystery Girl" through archival footage and the memories of those who were there. The DVD includes eight Orbison music videos, four of which are previously unreleased including a piece documenting the renewal and rebirth of "The Way Is Love."

"Mystery Girl - Expanded" is an audio-only version of the original album with five tracks added to the line-up including "The Way Is Love."

CHRIS YOUNG

Chris Young's has released a video to his new song, Who I Am With You.

TWO NEW AUTHORS

Books about their lives are in the works for ...

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Emmylou Harris

 

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... and Sammy Kershaw.

No word on when their books will be out but I really want to read Emmylou's.