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Whitney Mann's country dreams

Willie Nelson was leaning against the wall of his tour bus, watching CNN, when Whitney Mann stepped inside to meet him. "It was like meeting Donald Duck, someone who's not supposed to be real," says the Madison country music artist. "I told him, 'I got the crowd warmed up for you.' Then I said, 'Good luck out there -- well, you're a legend, you don't really need luck.' It was really awkward." >More
 La Fête de Marquette remixed at La Musique Electronique

La Fête de Marquette isn't just an ode to France. The east-side festival celebrates the concept of diaspora each year, highlighting how French culture has mingled with indigenous music to create fascinating hybrids. >More
 Wisconsin Singers chase reality-TV stardom on America Sings

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 Susan Masino's Family Traditions: Three Generations of Hank Williams profiles a country music dynasty

Apparently, Hank Williams III checks his MySpace messages regularly. Madison author Susan Masino sent him one in 2009. He replied 20 minutes later. Masino asked Williams if she could interview him for the book she was about to write. That book, Family Traditions: Three Generations of Hank Williams, was published in March. The 226-page narrative chronicles the musical triumphs and personal tragedies of country legend Hank Williams Sr., second-generation country star Hank Williams Jr. and Hank III. >More
 Buskers lend a hand to Literacy Network

Busking is a puzzling phenomenon. If you're lucky, playing music on the street can make you famous. If you're not, it can get you arrested. This Saturday, dozens of local musicians will live on the edge, performing tunes on State Street to raise funds for the Literacy Network of Dane County. >More
 Summer 2011 concert schedule heats up

Concert announcements are rolling in as the cold weather rolls out. Americana singer-songwriter Chris Mills will drop by the High Noon Saloon on June 26. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society performs Bach, Vaughan Williams, Bermel and Haydn in striking 20th anniversary series opener

The antique Stoughton Opera House was warm and welcoming Friday evening as the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society performed its first concert of the summer season. This year marks the society's 20th anniversary, so after the show the audience shared a rich chocolate cake. Substantial portions of Bach are programmed for this season, and yesterday's concert, titled "Bach Around the Clock," opened with J.S.Bach's Trio Sonata from "A Musical Offering." Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and contemporary American composer Derek Bermel were also featured. >More
 Sounds of the summer

Arriving in Madison in 1962, I found little continuing classical music activity in the summer months. Madison Savoyards was launched the next year. That, with the Summer Symphony concerts at Edgewood College, plus occasional UW Music School events, remained for many years what Madison summers offered. >More
 The scene salutes its winners at the 2011 Madison Area Music Awards

The 2011 Madison Area Music Awards, held at Overture Center's Capitol Theater Saturday night, reflected the eclectic nature of Madison's music scene. The ceremony included performances and pageantry from across genres. True to form in its eighth year, the show focused on live performances by nominated artists, video montages and speeches with heartfelt reminders of the MAMAs' driving purpose, fundraising for music education. >More
 Winners of the 2011 Madison Area Music Awards

Pop-rockers the Lucas Cates Band led the medal count, with six nods, at the 2011 Madison Area Music Awards. Other multiple-award winners included Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama Sisters, Star Persons and Artist of the Year Beth Kille. >More
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