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Trail Mix – The Maggie Valley Band

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first_imgBeing in a touring band can make one pine for home.Good remedy for that? Name your band after your hometown and bring those good feelings and memories on the road with you.That’s exactly what Caroline and Whitney Miller, the sister duo behind Western North Carolina’s Maggie Valley Band, have done. The sisters took the name of their hometown for their band and, after being raised in a house full of music after dabbling with busking, have hit the road.The Maggie Valley Band recently released their debut record, The Hardest Thing, which features harmonies that only sisters can make together and noted guitarist and songwriter David Mayfield in the production booth.I recently touched based with the Miller sisters to chat about the new record, working with Mayfield, and the best things about their hometown.BRO – Let’s go opposite the record title. What’s the easiest thing about making music with your sister?CM – When it comes to the actual music, we never disagree. It’s incredible we don’t have differing opinions on whether it should be softer of more aggressive. She’s my best friend, she’s the only one I don’t have to impress or fear losing.WM – She’s always got my back on stage! We both have the same passion and same level of commitment. I never have to second guess her commitment and work ethic for the band. It really helps to have the same philosophy.BRO – I am very familiar with David Mayfield as a songwriter and a performer. How was it working with him as a producer?WM – It was absolutely amazing. He had so many great ideas, but he was always careful to make sure we got our say on it. The entire time we were recording was so much fun and such a positive experience. I don’t think there is a nicer or more humble person out there.BRO – Favorite sister band?CM – Rising Appalachia.WM – The Lewis Family comes to mind.BRO – “The Hardest Thing” is a featured track on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?WM – Well, it definitely started with a relationship I hated to see go, but it’s about doing the right thing even when it’s hardest. That might be leaving a relationship, depending on the level of commitment or if it’s truly the best for someone, or retiring from a career if it’s the right time. Sometimes, doing the right thing has no immediate pay off until so much later and it’s hard to see.BRO – I love it when a band pays homage to its hometown in the band’s name. If I end up in Maggie Valley, where is my can’t miss/have to visit spot?CM – Thanks so much. We wanted to give back to the valley that raised us. We’ve lost a lot in the valley in the last couple of years, but for me it would be Raymond Fairchild’s Maggie Valley Opry. Where else can you pay $5 and see a national banjo champion four times a week?WM – Yes, and I would add The Stompin’ Ground to join in on the clogging tradition. It opened in 1982 and has held square dances about every weekend since.Caroline and Whitney have a pretty quiet tour schedule for the rest of February, but they will be all over North Carolina come March. For more information on the band, the new record, or when they will hit a stage near you, please check out the band’s website.Be sure to check out “The Hardest Thing,” along with tunes from Caleb Caudle, Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers, The Oh Hellos, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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MOL Inks Coal Transport Deal with TPCIL

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first_imgJapanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a coal transport contract with Thermal Powertech Corporation India Limited (TPCIL) under which it will provide a “stable supply of coal” in India.TPCIL owns and operates a 1,320-megawatt thermal power plant in SPSR Nellore district in India’s Andhra Pradesh state.TPCIL, which is owned by Sembcorp Industries and Gayatri Projects Limited, is supplying electricity to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.The project will now be supported by MOL’s ocean shipping services.MOL said it continues to provide transport of resources and energy to India and emerging countries in Asia where the company anticipates strong growth in demand.last_img

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Gerrard revels in Coutinho ‘brilliance’

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first_img Press Association The Brazil international has scored once, had two assists and looked one of the side’s brightest players in recent matches and although he has yet to complete a full 90 minutes, having been substituted in his three starts, Gerrard has no fears the youngster will be unable to handle the pace of the Premier League. “I think you’ll see the best of him next season when he gets a full pre-season under his belt and gets used to the speed of the game,” Gerrard added. “What he has shown for 55 or 60 minutes is that he’s a top player and he belongs in a Liverpool shirt. If we can get that for 90 minutes from him next season then he’s going to be a great asset for us.” Team-mate Jose Enrique is another similarly impressed by Coutinho’s start to his Anfield career. “The numbers speak for themselves: in four games he has two assists and one goal so I hope he will continue like this scoring goal and making assists,” said the left-back, who combined well with the Brazilian in the build-up to Liverpool’s first goal against Tottenham last weekend. “He is the type of a player, as a big team, you have to have. He can create from nothing in a one versus one. He is playing really well right now and he is the type of player we need. “Defenders are important but you need people who can score goals and we have now.” January signing Philippe Coutinho’s “moments of magical brilliance” have given Liverpool just the lift they needed, according to captain Steven Gerrard.center_img The 20-year-old has played just 202 minutes since his £8.5million arrival from Inter Milan but his impact has already been significant. “He’s got moments of magical brilliance,” said the Reds captain of Coutinho, who is already on his fourth professional club having left Vasco da Gama for Italy in 2010 and also spent six months on loan at Espanyol. last_img read more

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Lakers’ Rob Pelinka calls losing Kobe Bryant, Gianna ‘an amputation of part of my soul’

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first_imgPreviousThen-agent Rob Pelinka talks with Kobe Bryant during an NCAA Tournament West Regional game on March 26, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kobe Bryant poses with Lakers executives Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and his family during a halftime ceremony to retire both the jersey numbers he wore during his 20 seasons with the team on Monday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and Rob Pelinka listen to the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-101. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Lakers legend Kobe Bryant talks with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka during a game between the Lakers and the Atlanta on Nov. 17, 2019 at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Then-agent Rob Pelinka talks with Kobe Bryant during an NCAA Tournament West Regional game on March 26, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 4Then-agent Rob Pelinka talks with Kobe Bryant during an NCAA Tournament West Regional game on March 26, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLakers Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka made his first statement on Thursday afternoon since Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ­“Gigi” Bryant and seven others died in Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas.Pelinka, a former sports agent who represented Bryant, James Harden and other high-profile NBA players, left Landmark Sports Agency in 2017 to become the Lakers’ GM. He was the godfather to Gianna and was perhaps closer to Bryant than anyone outside his immediate family.Here is the text of Pelinka’s statement, issued through the team:“On Sunday, I lost my best friend and my sweet goddaughter. With that, there has been an amputation of part of my soul. “Their lives have shown me that death has no victory. Last Sunday is not the end of the story. It’s just a new beginning. Kobe and Gigi’s legacies will live on – and gain even more power and influence. All of us touched by them will now try to become torch carriers of their legacies. And, while we do that, we can be certain of this: Kobe and Gigi will continue on, forever, playing a joy-filled game of basketball in heaven above.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Kobe was a force of nature, deep and obsessed with excellence. He was wise, determined, passionate. A visionary beyond measure. A dedicated and loving husband, and a “girl-dad” like no other. When he walked into a room, the energy ignited. He was high voltage, with a motor that had no limits. His mind had an infinite capacity to learn. He was, simply put, the most inspirational athlete of our time. What the world may not know, is that he was also the best friend anyone could ever imagine.“Gigi was pure joy. Her smile brought comfort to any and every occasion. She was brilliant, kind and warm. And, like her dad, when she stepped onto the basketball court, she took on an entirely different nature, and boy could she play. Her basketball destiny was apparent, and the world knew it. She was also an extraordinary, loyal and supportive sister, and a wonderful friend to my children. My son and daughter always left time with Gigi feeling better about life itself. Everything Gigi stood for, I am so proud of.“Maya Angelou once wrote “when great trees fall … lions hunker down in tall grasses.”“What I am daily learning is that after the tragic loss of these nine souls, life on this side of eternity will never be the same. For any of us who knew them, there is an irreplaceable void left behind.“But I am also finding that there is a hope. For now, each new step for me will be full of deep love and prayers, as a heavy sorrow for Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, and all the families involved, is slowly redeemed into something healed and new. I am coming to realize that nothing can separate any of us from the love and inspiration we’ve received from Kobe and Gianna, nothing at all.last_img read more

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TV Guide publisher’s quarterly profit tops expectations

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first_img“I believe this year is the appropriate time to devote resources to a new TV Guide brand marketing initiative,” he said. The campaign, part of an estimated $15 million to $20 million for corporate marketing, will be national in scope, he said. “The goal is to get more consumption of our products across all TV Guide platforms,” he said. For the year, net income rose 32 percent to $72.5 million, or 17 cents per share, and revenue fell 5 percent to $571.3 million. Analysts had expected 13 cents per share on revenue of $566.9 million. Gemstar shares fell 6 cents to close at $4.04 on the Nasdaq but rose 14 cents to $4.18 in after-hours activity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., publisher of the weekly TV Guide magazine, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled, driven by higher advertising and interactive revenue. Net income rose to $31.8 million, or 7 cents per share, from $12.7 million, or 3 cents per share, in the year-ago period, the company said. Revenue rose by 12 percent to $145 million from $129.4 million a year ago. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected profit of 4 cents per share on revenue of $140.7 million. The company also licenses searchable program-guide technology to cable and satellite TV companies and television makers. “We had a very productive fourth quarter, which closed out a solid year for the company,” CEO Richard Battista said during a conference call with Wall Street analysts. Revenue for the company’s cable and satellite division increased to $80.7 million during the quarter. Publishing sales increased to $41.2 million, while the company’s consumer electronics unit posted $23 million in sales. The company sees growth potential in developing guidance tools for emerging digital video-capable platforms, such as mobile phones. To that end, Battista said the company will focus on expanding the profile of its TV Guide brand. last_img read more

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