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Toast of the Nation 2022

As we mark another 365 days around the sun, it is time to reflect and celebrate gloriously. This year we have a lot to be thankful for, including our ability to enjoy live music again. For our annual Toast of the Nation party, we…

Why am I eating crow today

I'm trying to remember exactly how it all started and why. Some details are unclear, as the accumulation of reasons have collided and worsened each other over the course of about 14 years. I think it started at least in part because of…

Ugly Amps “Lil” Ugly Review

In terms of approach, if not aesthetics, Steve O'Boyle of Ugly Amps got his start much like the folks at Analog Outfitters, now defunct. Like AO, Ugly Amps initially used parts salvaged from vintage sound systems, hence the ironic name of…

Last call: bet on yourself

I just finished my 12th year as Music Director / Conductor for the CMT Music Awards. You may be wondering: how does a man with suboptimal intelligence and talent and keep such a concert? Here is my odyssey. I had been in Nashville for…