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No matter how the final week of October played out, it was going to be a watershed in the lives of the Cherryholmes family, whose meteoric rise over the last few years has caught much of the bluegrass world by complete surprise. On the heels of the September release of their first nationally distributed recording (self-titled on Skaggs Family) to enthusiastic reviews, they were at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association trade fair and awards shindig being held in Nashville for the first time.  ...
Repeating the success of a hit-laden album is never easy or a given. Not in this day and age of flavor-of-the-month groups and a fickle public seemingly always onto the next big thing. For some musicians, the easiest route would be giving the fans exactly the same old. And what's different about Nichols' great, full sounding voice?"I learned there are some things that I could do, how low I could sing and make it believable," he says. "The strength of the voice is what I mean. Being on the road (giving concerts), I learned what I could and could not do."  ...
Joe Nichols calls Nashville home now, but grew up in the little town of Rogers, Ark., home of the very first Wal-Mart. Now, there's nothing wrong with Wal-Mart, per se, since it provides all the essential everyday stuff of life. But Wal-Mart is not one of your more trendy boutiques. Similarly, although Nichols may not be the trendy type either, he's certainly far greater than just your average, run of the mill country artist. His new album, "Man With A Memory," is aural proof that Nichols can fondly recall all of the most pivotal players in country music's great legacy.  ...

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