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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Infinity Theatre Company opened its fifth season this month with "Hank Williams: Lost Highway," another professional production solidifying the company's reputation as the summer destination of fans seeking the best in local musical theater. Infinity's co-producing artistic directors, Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff, again bring an affordable, Broadway-caliber musical to Anna's hometown of Annapolis. Earlier seasons offered esteemed jukebox shows - "The Story of the Andrews Sisters" and "Always … Patsy Cline.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Infinity Theatre Company opened its fifth season this month with "Hank Williams: Lost Highway," another professional production solidifying the company's reputation as the summer destination of fans seeking the best in local musical theater. Infinity's co-producing artistic directors, Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff, again bring an affordable, Broadway-caliber musical to Anna's hometown of Annapolis. Earlier seasons offered esteemed jukebox shows - "The Story of the Andrews Sisters" and "Always … Patsy Cline.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
I am not going to go off on this one. You can look at the video below and come to your own conclusions. The one overwhelming thought I do have is how there is absolutely no escaping politics and conflict in these polarized and deeply troubled economic times. The video shows singer Hank Williams Jr. on the "Fox and Friends" morning show talking politics. Now, right there was where the problem started. Williams is not schooled in TV politics talk, and should have never waded into those treacherous waters.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Rams Head Live will greet the new year with a blast from the long, long ago past: a performance by Dru Hill, the Baltimore R&B group that's better known these days for their clips on "I Love the 90s. " The group will be on the road promoting their back catalog. Sisqo, Jazz, and Nokio haven't released a new album since last summer, when "InDRUpendence Day" came out. It seems they haven't worked on anything else since;  their official Twitter page is still plugging the 2010 album.
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By Randi Henderson and Randi Henderson,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 3, 1990
WashingtonIn another life, an adopted child named Cathy Deupree fantasized that her parents had been killed in a car crash or a plane disaster, or even that she was somehow the offspring of aliens.After all, she reasoned, Superman -- her favorite comic book hero -- had come to Earth from the planet Krypton. And anything would be better than facing the possibility of having been willingly abandoned at birth.The girl grew up to be a woman who now calls herself Jett Williams. As she reached adulthood, she searched for her birth parents and found that her mother was a Nashville secretary named Bobbie Jett.
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June 12, 2008
Hometown -- Baltimore Members --Arty Hill, guitar and vocals Founded in --2001 Style --country Influenced by --Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Hank Williams, Carl Perkins Notable --Hill used the lonesome, sauntering singers of the '40s, '50s and '60s as inspiration for his latest album, Bar of Gold. It came out this year and spent two consecutive months on top of the Freeform American Roots chart. Quotable --"Part of the reason that Hank [Williams] is so important is that he wrote songs where he was speaking directly to the listener, and we take that for granted now," Hill said.
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By Michael Corcoran and Michael Corcoran,Dallas Morning News | January 1, 1993
It's one of the most chilling and enduring images in country music history.Forty years ago to the day, Hank Williams, then the most popular country singer, was stretched across the back of a Cadillac speeding through West Virginia to make a New Year's Day gig in Canton, Ohio.In the pockets of his jacket were a pint of vodka, several tablets of the sedative chloral hydrate and a loaded pistol. On his right arm was a pinpoint of blood from two injections of morphine he'd had the day before to quell his chronic back pain.
NEWS
February 14, 2005
Jon Dragan, 62, who helped start southern West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry, died at a hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, several days after suffering a stroke. A Pennsylvania native, he and his younger brothers in 1968 started Wildwater Expeditions Unlimited, West Virginia's first commercial whitewater rafting business. Today, nearly 250,000 people go rafting on five West Virginia rivers. About 40 rafting businesses generate nearly $75 million a year. In 2003, he launched the West Virginia Southern Railroad with Roger Lipscomb.
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By Dan DeLuca and Dan DeLuca,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 17, 1994
"Live fast, love hard and die young," Faron Young sang in his 1955 hit of the same name, "and leave a beautiful memory." No matter whether Young had his late friend Hank Williams in mind: The cliche never fit a hillbilly singer so perfectly.Williams' 29 years were busy ones: His now-hallowed canon of desperately emotional work made him the most celebrated country artist of his day, and he went out as poetically as any tragic young figure, succumbing to a mix of morphine, alcohol and powerful sedatives in the back of a Cadillac limousine en route to a New Year's Day concert in 1953.
SPORTS
October 5, 2011
Bad for ESPN's image Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune Hank Williams Jr. is free to speak his mind, as he should be. But if you are ESPN, you have to ask whether you want someone with his opinions and history representing your company. In his most recent remarks, Williams showed utter insensitivity and terrible judgment. It's OK to disagree with politicians and their policies. Comparing them to Hitler is going a tad far. This is not the first time he has created headlines for the wrong reasons.
SPORTS
October 5, 2011
Bad for ESPN's image Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune Hank Williams Jr. is free to speak his mind, as he should be. But if you are ESPN, you have to ask whether you want someone with his opinions and history representing your company. In his most recent remarks, Williams showed utter insensitivity and terrible judgment. It's OK to disagree with politicians and their policies. Comparing them to Hitler is going a tad far. This is not the first time he has created headlines for the wrong reasons.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
I am not going to go off on this one. You can look at the video below and come to your own conclusions. The one overwhelming thought I do have is how there is absolutely no escaping politics and conflict in these polarized and deeply troubled economic times. The video shows singer Hank Williams Jr. on the "Fox and Friends" morning show talking politics. Now, right there was where the problem started. Williams is not schooled in TV politics talk, and should have never waded into those treacherous waters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2008
Hometown -- Baltimore Members --Arty Hill, guitar and vocals Founded in --2001 Style --country Influenced by --Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Hank Williams, Carl Perkins Notable --Hill used the lonesome, sauntering singers of the '40s, '50s and '60s as inspiration for his latest album, Bar of Gold. It came out this year and spent two consecutive months on top of the Freeform American Roots chart. Quotable --"Part of the reason that Hank [Williams] is so important is that he wrote songs where he was speaking directly to the listener, and we take that for granted now," Hill said.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 2, 2008
On the Baltimore indie music scene, where most artists completely dissolve styles in an attempt to concoct something fresh, Caleb Stine sticks earnestly to the dusty acoustic sounds of Americana. His songs - evocative of campfires and sparse windswept landscapes - echo his influences, namely Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. October 29th, Stine's independently released debut with his band the Brakemen, came out in May 2006. Since then, the Colorado-born artist, a Remington resident for the past eight years, has regularly toured the country.
NEWS
February 14, 2005
Jon Dragan, 62, who helped start southern West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry, died at a hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, several days after suffering a stroke. A Pennsylvania native, he and his younger brothers in 1968 started Wildwater Expeditions Unlimited, West Virginia's first commercial whitewater rafting business. Today, nearly 250,000 people go rafting on five West Virginia rivers. About 40 rafting businesses generate nearly $75 million a year. In 2003, he launched the West Virginia Southern Railroad with Roger Lipscomb.
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By Dave Ferman and Dave Ferman,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 1, 2003
In death, as in his brief life (he died at 29), Hank Williams was an enigma wrapped in contradictions. He was a country music legend, but - like George Jones in the 1970s and Axl Rose last year - had messed up his career by either not showing up to his shows or arriving staggering drunk and surly when he did. His persona was of a virile ladies' man, but he and his longtime wife, Audrey, fought incessantly, and by many accounts he took as much abuse as...
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October 6, 1996
Charles P. Bean, 72, a physicist known for his analyses of superconductivity and magnetism, died of a heart attack Monday in Fairfax, Va. A professor emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., he was best known for a theory of superconductivity, the flow of electricity through a material with no resistance.Jerry Rivers, 68, a fiddle player for Hank Williams Sr. in his band the Drifting Cowboys, died Friday of cancer in Nashville. Mr. Rivers played in Mr. Williams' band from 1949 until Mr. Williams' death in 1953.
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By Dave Ferman and Dave Ferman,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 1, 2003
In death, as in his brief life (he died at 29), Hank Williams was an enigma wrapped in contradictions. He was a country music legend, but - like George Jones in the 1970s and Axl Rose last year - had messed up his career by either not showing up to his shows or arriving staggering drunk and surly when he did. His persona was of a virile ladies' man, but he and his longtime wife, Audrey, fought incessantly, and by many accounts he took as much abuse as...
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 31, 2001
In the days before he became Kid Rock, little Bob Ritchie used to stand in front of a mirror pretending he was Michael Jackson in sequins and a white glove, working out his dance routine to "Beat It." "Everybody has their little corny stage, and that was mine," Rock says with a laugh. "Now I realize what really got me was that beat, and it was an 808 drum machine - the most prominent instrument in rap music during the '80s. It was on everything from the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill, the Run-D.
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By Susan King and Susan King,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 29, 2001
PBS ushered in 2001 with Ken Burns' lavish 18-hour exploration of Jazz. And, beginning tonight, the network offers up American Roots Music, a four-part series exploring such unique American music forms as blues, gospel, country, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco and folk. "It was just quite accidental that both" - Jazz and American Roots Music - "happened around the same time," says executive producer and director Jim Brown, an Emmy Award winner responsible for the acclaimed music documentaries The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!
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