The Illinois State Fair is only a few months away, and organizers already are getting Illinoisans excited for some of the musical acts. If you're a fan of country or classic rock, you'll definitely want to check it out.
You don't have to know the difference between a hooey and a honda (rope knotting/looping terms) to appreciate cowboys' and cowgirls' athletic prowess. The Cheyenne Frontier Days -- the world's largest outdoor rodeo competition -- runs July 19th to 28th.
It is worth remembering today that Griffith's influence extended powerfully into the music. Imagine how many millions more were exposed to the timeless beauty of bluegrass music thanks to massive primetime exposure on The Andy Griffith Show.
This week, Kid Rock fights for America's classic rock soul, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts vie for country-pop supremacy, Portland metal band Agalloch has the ultimate dark fantasy, while Kanye's ego and id battle to the death.