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Otto streams home concert for Minot victims

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – A former resident of North Dakota, James Otto will host a live streaming benefit concert on StageIt.com on July 7 at 7 p.m. with all proceeds including ticket sales and tips will be donated to Minot's local Red Cross. A fan who has chosen to remain anonymous will match up to $5,000 of monetary tips given to Otto during the show as an additional donation.

The concert is part of the series Otto began in early June called "Thirsty Thursdays" in which he performs via live streaming broadcast from his home studio, giving fans an exclusive front row experience and chance to hear his brand-new music and fan-favorite hits. To register, visit www.StageIt.com, create your profile and then click on Otto's artist page to purchase tickets for $5 each.

The site also offers a donation feature that works as a 'tip jar,' so that those who feel inclined to show their appreciation can do so with monetary contributions. During the benefit concert, donations added to the 'tip jar' are what will be matched by Otto's loyal fan and flood victim donor.

"Since I am a former North Dakotan, this is near and dear to my heart. I hope all of you will join me for a very 'Thirsty Thursday' that's more than just fun... it has the ability to make a great impact on those in need," said Otto. "Please spread the word and join me."

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"Days of Our Lives" is not based on the long-running soap opera, but some of the lyrics herein are almost as trite as the long-lost-evil-twin-sibling plotline. There's the requisite nostalgia for the young and restless days of "Misspent Youth," the wrestling with passions on "Miss Temptation" and "Lowdown on the High Life." "She Knows" is a retread of Garth's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" that is neither bold nor beautiful, and "The Ball" channels another Brooks ballad ("Unanswered Prayers. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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