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Hit Em Up Style: Chad’s “YouTube” Cover of the Week [Video]

About a year ago, I visited The Grand Ole Opry and got to see, for the first time live, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  They opened their segment of the show with the original "Cornbread and Butter Beans" and they rocked it out.  But then . . . they launched into a song that sounded VERY familiar to me.  Then it hit me!  "That's "Hit 'Em Style" by one-hit R&B wonder Blu Cantrell."  I hadn't heard that song in years . . . and I had NEVER heard it quite like this.  So, this week, because ROMP is just around the corner and the Carolina Chocolate Drops are coming back to Yellow Creek Park for the festival for the second straight year, "Hit 'Em Up Style" is my "Country-Fried" YouTube Cover of the Week.  LISTEN!!  They just hammer this song.  It's funky, fresh and fried like, well, cornbread!

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mandolincafe/Flickr
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ROMP Ready To Roll June 28th-30th [VIDEO]

Owensboro's annual River of Music Party at Yellow Creek Park is now carrying a new subtitle: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival. Presented by the International Bluegrass Music Museum, this year's ROMP is

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Taylor Swift Performs Second “The Hunger Games” Song In New Zealand

It's apparent Taylor Swift is going in a bold new direction with her contributions to the upcoming The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond soundtrack. If you heard her collaboration with The Civil Wars, "Safe and Sound" and though, eh, maybe a little too weird, then I think "Eyes Open" will improve your attitude.

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Courtesy of International Bluegrass Music Museum
Courtesy of International Bluegrass Music Museum
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Get Ready to ROMP!

ROMP (River of Music Party) is coming to Owensboro's Yellow Creek Park June 23-25. Get ready for unforgettable performances from Trampled by Turtles, the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and two of my all-time favorite white-haired people--Emmylou Harris and Steve Martin, who will be performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers. But wait! There's more...

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