Fans shocked as queen of country music announces secret marriage

Fans aren’t the only people shocked by the queen of country music announcing on social media she had secretly married “the love of my life”.  I was so surprised I scoured the Web to make sure there were multiple establishment media reporting the same. I did that even after visiting the singer’s Twitter page.

Smedley brothers’ Eternal Odyssey CD now ready for pre-order

The CD Awakening featuring brothers Kent and Brent Smedley performing as Eternal Odyssey is now available for pre-order from EMP Label Group. The estimated shipping date is April 12. The CD features nine songs in keeping with the band’s melodic metal/hard rock aesthetic. Kent and Brent have both dedicated their lives to music, including playing in or being associated with well-known bands. 

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film knocks critics to the curb

Last night I watched the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I tried to hold my bias in check because the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen remain among my all time favorites. I didn’t know what to expect. After all, some critics have shredded the film and Bryan Singer, the film’s director, has been dealing with a series of allegations about his sexual activities.  

South Florida Country Music hails return of country to SunFest

SunFest is a big music festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach (FL) on the waterfront. Of late the festival was heavy on pop, rock, and reggae. The 2019 SunFest adds a genre—country music. The country act is most definitely high profile. Florida’s country music advocacy group South Florida Country Music hailed the return. 

Indie Gosnell film details real life horror story buried by politics

I learned about the case of Kermit Gosnell via social media. Most national media ignored it at first, until ignoring it became impossible. At least one legacy newspaper scribe ended up apologizing for calling the case a “local issue.” When I learned multi-award-winning actor Nick Searcy was involved in an effort to get a film made about America’s “biggest serial killer,” I knew I’d want to see it. What I learned continues to disturb me. Certain critics also disturb me—I wonder if some who opined even watched Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. 

Quirky: From media ‘wall’ at first Super Bowl to bared breasts and Warhol for Llll

Super Bowl Llll is baked, and so are all the ‘old man’ jokes lobbed at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The latest Super Bowl tried the patience of many, as the game played out in a defensive display with the Patriots finally putting up a touchdown towards the end of the game. Punters ruled and field goals made up 9 of the total points scored by both teams. This was one of the quirkiest Super Bowls ever, and if you compare it to the first, you’ll see just how this match has evolved over time. For starters, competing media

Drive-In: ‘Kill’ film adds Ocala to screenings tour, with retro twist

Back in the day drive-in theaters were a favorite place for teenagers, for obvious reasons. In the small town where I grew up, the local drive-in was off limits for some of us teens. I went one time. Someone saw me and told my mother. Justice was swift and I was an adult before I went to a drive-in again. I didn’t know there was a drive-in close to Jacksonville until I got an email about the places Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday will screen.

In episode 1 of ‘I am the Night’, Golden Brooks dominates

Episode 1 of the limited TNT series I Am the Night begins with Fauna Hodel’s search for her roots. The series is based on the real Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel. Fauna’s search sparks fascinating questions. Is she white? Black? Biracial? There’s a more sinister turn to her story, however, and that turn involves one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in true crime.

TNT series with Chris Pine resurrects ‘Black Dahlia’ murder

The limited series I Am the Night resurrects a legendary murder still unsolved more than 70 years after it happened. For decades after Elizabeth Short (‘The Black Dahlia’) was tortured, murdered, and mutilated, her case was used to frighten many a young female whose ambitions included show business. In the South, her case captured just as much attention as it did in the rest of the country. This series sets itself apart from other film and TV coverage of the case, though. The book it’s based on is written by someone with personal ties to a suspect. 

Best nectar for fueling creativity? ‘Black gold’

What’s the best thing you can consume to fuel your creativity? For Americans, the nectar of the gods isn’t honey. It’s coffee. Some claim ‘black gold’ is addicting. Personally, addicting or not, I can’t imagine starting the day without coffee. Same goes for the afternoon. How much do you really know about coffee? 

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