Randy Erickson

Entertainment and county government reporter

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Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

Wendy and Mark Mattison, pictured doing the tango in this file photo from a Senate Dance Club event, will be the guests of honor at the March …

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Ben Branson dug up some info on Loretta Lynn's appearances around here in the 1970s. She performed at the Monroe County Fair in July 1974 and in La Crosse at the Mary E. Sawyer Auditoium on April 3, 1975, and March 10, 1977. She was supposed to perform on March 11, 1976, but cancelled and wa…

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Thanks for the heads up on that, Oz, and thanks for reading until the end of the story. It wasn't necessarily a math error, but more like a typing error and then an editing error. He died in 1965. I've corrected it, thanks to your alert. I would have done it sooner but I don't normally look …

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Dang, you're probably right. I don't know how I can be so irrationally optimistic after all these years as a journalist. I should be a lot more jaded.

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You have a point. The lineup for the first Country Jam held in 1990 included Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Clint Black, Eddie Rabbit, Glen Campbell, Lorrie Morgan, Patti Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, sawyer Brown, Tammy Wynette, Vince Gill, Shenandoah, Desert Rose Band and more. So …

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Jon Holthaus did mention to me that this will be a much more affordable experience than Country Jam/Country Fest. He didn't get into the details, of course, but I do think they are aware of that concern.

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So sorry I left out that part. The board members haven't gotten any health insurance benefits for four or five years and they've never gotten pension benefits.

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I think you'd have that one, Chuck. You still consider yourself a journalist, don't you?

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Patti Smith is the one I feel worst about not supporting by buying her album, I think. I loved her versions of "Because the Night" and "Gloria" and I remember being impressed with her on "Saturday Night Live." But even if I had bought her album when it came out…

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First, thanks for your nice review of my review. I should add that Oz was probably expressing perplexity that "Bayou" wasn't the first song, as it is his usual opener. I thought it was going to be the opener Saturday, too, as I heard the swampy frog/cricket sounds playing as the ba…

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You have a point. I do like Sinatra and am awed by his artistry, but I feel underqualified to write about him.