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Pre-Sasquatch interview with Federal Way’s Vince Mira

Federal Way’s Vince Mira may have just turned 17, but he’s already parlayed quite a bit with his spot-on Johnny Cash covers. The Teen in Black (a.k.a. Juanny Cash) mostly played for tips back in 2007, the year an appearance on Seattle’s Channel 5 led to gigs on "Good Morning America" and "Ellen: The Ellen Degeneres Show.”

Last year, Mira released his debut album, "Cash Cabin Sessions," which was produced by Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash. His appearance at Pike Place Market’s 100th anniversary concert a while back

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New Broken Trail music on the South Sound Mix Tape

Got new music from Broken Trail in the South Sound Mix tape player (over to the right in down if you have yet to investigate, slacker!) It’s from the South Sound country outfit’s new CD “What This Country Needs.” And here are the next few places you can catch ‘em live:

Old General Store Steakhouse and Saloon, Roy, Friday and Saturday (April 24, 25)

Lady Luck’s Cowgirl Up, Parkland, May 17.

Red Wind Casino, Olympia, May 22-23.


Meet Dierks Bentley at Varsity Grill

The Varsity Grill hosted the Wintergrass dance stage over the weekend. And while I was in there checking out the Tallboys, a fun bluegrass band from Seattle, I noticed all the posters advertising a Dierks Bentley meet and greet coming up Saturday. Looks like the country star will be ducking into the Varsity a few hours before his opening slot for Brad Paisley at the Tacoma Dome. And venue owner Jon Tartaglia tells me there will be some kind of a raffle to see Bentley perform an intimate unplugged set in that little theater they’ve got in there.

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Recovered Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson to unite for Seattle show

Decisions, decisions. On the same night as that big comedy show I just blogged about, you can also check out a meeting of legendary talents when Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson headline Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, at 8 p.m. on April 3, Seattle Theater Group announced today. That’s especially good news given the health issues that forced Haggard to call off his Dec. 13 stop at the Emerald Queen. Tickets for that show are $45 to $65 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 7). Check with Ticketmaster for

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Call the odds makers: It’s Dierks Bentley’s Super Bowl pick

I know I’m amped about Sunday’s Super Bowl game. And even before country star Dierks Bentley called today for an interview about his Feb. 28 appearance at the Tacoma Dome, I figured I knew who he’d be rooting for the day after tomorrow. You know, ol’ Dierks is from the A-Z.

"Mark it down. I think it’s gonna be 38 to 26, Cardinals," he boasted. "They’re gonna light it up. Kurt Warner wears that one glove. He’s adding some rhinestones to it for this game. He’s bringing the special glove to the Super Bowl."


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Taylor Swift tour headed to Seattle

Country star Taylor Swift, best known for hits “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Fearless,” will headline her first major tour this year, which will include a May 15 stop in Seattle, according to dates just released by her publicist. Other Northwest stops include Portland, Yakima and Spokane. No venues were named in the press release, but opening acts Kellie Pickler and Gloriana were. In most markets, tickets will start at $20.

Stay tuned for more details, or check out what she said last time I interviewed her over here.

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Merle Haggard battling lung cancer

In case you missed the Merle Haggard news over the weekend, the country legend is battling lung cancer and has had surgery to remove cancerous tissue from his lungs. I learned about this after noting that the Emerald Queen Casino had pulled the plug on Haggard’s Dec. 13 show.

“He called a couple of weeks ago and said he had to go to the hospital,” EQ booking agent Bill Bollie told me. But Bollie says Haggard wants to make the date up, health permitting.

Lung cancer is nasty stuff, and it’s what got

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Chris Cagle apologizes, a reader regrets my trashy focus

Apparently, Chris Cagle got his hands on a copy of last week’s column, which was about our interview that imploded a few days ago. And he gave me a call before his show on Friday to apologize for losing his temper.

It seems appropriate to skip the audio on this one, but I can say the guy sounded pretty sincere and humble. And among other things he said, “Some things get triggered and they’re hard to deal with.” Half jokingly, at one point he added, “Man, if I wasn’t singin’ tonight I’d come and see Al

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Randy Travis doles out country classics and a few laughs at the Emerald Queen

I capped a busy concert weekend with a trip to the ol’ Emerald Queen tonight to catch country legend Randy Travis. I knew the guy has been one of the biggest names in country for more than two decades, and that the country star turned gospel singer was back on the road in support of "Around the Bend," his first set of secular songs in eight years. But I’d never seen the guy had no idea how funny and charming he was, "Everything I Own (Had Got a Dent)" – one

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