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Big band revue comes to Paducah PADUCAH — “In the Mood” will bring its 1940s big band, swing dance musical revue performance to The Carson Center next week. The show celebrates America’s musical past through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and others. The show’s arrangements, costumes and choreography are authentic to the era. “In the Mood” takes a look at the life and times of America’s Swing Era. Swing music ranged from mellow ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive. The production features the 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers, featuring a swing dance couple, performing more than 40 songs. Tickets for the show, slated for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances Tuesday, April 3, are $33-$49 and can be purchased at www.thecarson center.org or by calling 270-450-4444. — Adam Testa

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Murphy up for Songwriter of Year

“The fan didn’t have a screen covering the blades. It was a suicide machine. If you woke up in the middle of the night n his early days in and staggered too close, Nashville, David Lee you would be in trouble,” Murphy kept his tiny he said. “Those were apartment barely pretty lean times, barely inhabitable during the getting by and pushing as summer months, with a hard to get through it.” decrepit fan that should’ve Murphy migrated to been in a junk pile instead Music City in 1981 after of the struggling singer/ graduating from SIU songwriter’s window. Carbondale. He broke out The Herrin native as an artist for MCA vividly recalled “the good Records with hits “Dust on ole’ days” during a phone the Bottle” and “Party interview Monday. Crowd.” Vince Hoffard

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A vast majority of singers fade into the sunset when they part company with a major label. Not Murphy. He continued writing, pitching his tunes to the fresh talent in town, and started racking up hits. He earned his way into an elite circle of top writers with songs like “Big Green Tractor” for Jason Aldean, “Living In Fast Forward” for Kenny Chesney, and more. Murphy has recently taken his career to an new level with hits for Thompson Square, Jake Owen and Josh Thompson, plus new singles for Casey James and Rodney Atkins. Murphy was recently nominated as Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. The award will be handed out during a televised special on CBS at 8 p.m. Sunday. Other nominees are

Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Luke Laird. Murphy frequently co-writes songs with all four. “This is the first time I’ve ever been nominated for a major award as a songwriter,” he said. “Any time you get recognized by your peers, it makes you feel good. It’s an honor. You’ve got to be a little bit nuts and crazy enough to believe you can do it because you are up against simply incredible odds.” Murphy said he has been taking the same basic idea and adding differen spins — good ole’ boys sitting on the tailgate of their pickups and partying around a bonfire. In December, Murphy won two Grammy Awards for inking the Thompson Square hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” VINCE HOFFARD can be

reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard@yahoo.com.

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