Ricky Skaggs On Bill Monroe, His Musical Roots & New Country

Ricky Skaggs on Bill Monroe and his Musical Influences

With 12 #1 hit country singles, 14 GRAMMY Awards and tons of other accolades, Ricky Skaggs is a country and bluegrass legend. He will be receiving some other well deserved honors this month as well. On October 26th, he will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame {along with Garth Brooks and the late Jerry Reed} and then on October 31st, Skaggs will be honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award {previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and more}. Locally, you can also catch him in concert at the Carolina Theatre, in Greensboro, NC on October 14th. We got the chance to talk with Skaggs about these honors, his upcoming events and what he has in store for the near future.
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Horrible Celebrity Interviews: When Interviewers Act Unprofessionally

Horrible Celebrity Interviews: When Interviewers Act Unprofessionally

I have interviewed a few people in my day. Aside from a 2 year hiatus, I have worked in radio for 10 years and interviewed several artists on air including Little Big Town, Ty Herndon and T.G. Sheppard. I have also interviewed several people {for Examiner and my other blog} including Matt Paxton {Hoarders} and the Kentucky Headhunters. You can also check out my interview section on this blog to find interviews with Sister Hazel, Aaron Tippin, Dom McManus, Jackie Collins and more. So, I think I know a thing or two about how an interview should ideally go. Just like everything, there is a way to do something and a way to not do something. So, here are some examples of horrible celebrity interviews.
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Exclusive McFarland USA Cast Interviews #McFarland

Exclusive McFarland USA Cast Interviews #McFarland

Calling all Kevin Costner fans! It’s just a little over a week until we can see Kevin Costner in McFarland, USA. Opening 2/20/15, this story of unlikely heroes stars Costner as a coach who works to turn a group of Latino kids from a disadvantaged school into into an amazing cross-country team.
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Swoosie Kurtz Talks About Her New Book And Her Strong Foundation

Swoosie Kurtz on Mike and Molly - Image Credit TVGuide.com

She’s one of those people you see in literally everything. Swoosie Kurtz {currently on “Mike and Molly”} has done theater, movies, TV, and now you can add author to the list. Eat Play Rock recently got a chance to talk with Swoosie Kurtz {pronounced like Lucy} about her illustrious and varied acting career and her new found role as caregiver.
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Jackie Collins Talks Cooking, Hollywood and Lucky Santangelo

Jackie Collins talks her new cookbook and Hollywood

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Jackie Collins. After selling 500 million {yes, that’s 500 million} books, she decided to journey into cookbook territory with “The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook.” Jackie Collins’ fans should recognize the name, as Lucky is the heroine of 7 of Jackie Collins’ 30 best selling novels.
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Jesse Ventura On Living Life “Off The Grid” #StayVigilant

Jesse Ventura talks to Eat Play Rock about living off the grid, media, wrestling, music and more. #stayvigilant #offthegrid

From professional wrestler to Governor of Minnesota and beyond, Jesse Ventura, a.k.a. Jesse “The Body” Ventura, has been in the limelight for several years. Nowadays, Jesse Ventura has taken to living “off the grid.” In other words, he says he is somewhere where the U.S. government can’t touch him. And he loves it. If you don’t believe me, then read it for yourself. I recently spoke with the former Governor, and here’s what he had to say.
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What’s Next For The Marshall Tucker Band? – An Interview With Doug Gray

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With hits like, “Heard It In A Love Song,” “Can’t You See” and “Fire On The Mountain,” The Marshall Tucker Band has been a staple in any Southern Rock music collection since the early 70s. With a fanbase that has always supported at least 100 live shows a year across their 40+ year span as a group, there is no wonder that they have sold over 15 million records to date. I got a chance to chat with founding member and lead singer, Doug Gray, about what is next for the Marshall Tucker Band.
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Dominic McManus: On Stopping To Smell The Roses

Dominic McManus Talks Life On The Road And The Perks Of Life In A Small Town

Dominic McManus On Stage {Image Credit: Dominic McManus}

I admit, it’s really cool to say you know someone that has made it big. It’s also really cool just to know a nice person. Put it all together and you have Dominic McManus.
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A Chat With The Hardest Working Man In Country Music: Aaron Tippin

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Aaron Tippin

In the 90s, Aaron Tippin emerged as one of the biggest acts in country music with hits like There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio, Kiss This and That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You. Known as “The Hardest Working Man In Country Music,” reading this interview will show you just why he earned that reputation.
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A Chat With Sister Hazel’s Mark Trojanowski

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Sister Hazel talks to Eat Play Rock about Hazelnut Hang, Rock Boat XIV, touring and more

With catchy and meaningful tunes like “All For You,” “Change Your Mind” and my personal favorites, “Champagne High,” “Your Winter” and “Thank You,” Sister Hazel has been cranking out tunes to a very receptive fan base {with diehards known as the Hazelnuts}. You should see how many Twitter followers they have! Their unique blend of pop, folk, Americana and country sounds and accessibility to fans has helped to secure Sister Hazel’s longevity in a changing musical landscape that has lasted since the mid 90s. Eat Play Rock got the change to talk to Mark Trojanowski, the band’s drummer, to see what Sister Hazel has been up to.

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