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There aren't too many other record executives who've had the impact of Jimmy Bowen, the former rockabilly bassist who spent a couple of decades as a big kahuna on Nashville's Music Row. Even now, a half-dozen years after he left the business and relocated to Hawaii to write his memoirs, his name is still a polarizing one in Music City. A lot of people simply didn't like the way he operated -- including, reportedly, Garth Brooks, whose first couple of albums were created on Bowen's watch at Liberty Records (Capitol's Nashville-based label at the time).

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Last year two Tulsa World colleagues and I published a book called "Forever

Lounge." It's a record guide to the newly hip albums of old -- lounge singers, cocktail

jazz, space-age bachelor pad music (I still haven't quite figured that one out).

Movies like "Swingers" ushered in a lot of this music's veteran kitsch value, and

suddenly the Rat Pack was all the rage again. This brief revival didn't sell any Gap

jeans, but it opened the door for the swing fiasco.

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There are lots of cliches people use to describe a genuine cowboy, but perhaps the single

most-used one is the term "rugged individualist."

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The Brothers Brim: There's a reason the Bellamy Brothers are being called, in some circles, the Grateful Dead of country music. Read on:

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Show and Dance: Ricky Lynn Gregg, with Singletree opening

When: Friday, with live music beginning at approximately 8 p.m

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Show and Dance: Eddy Raven, with Bandera opening

Date and Time: Thursday, with live music beginning at approximately 8 p.m

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