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Neighbors: Swon Brothers to open for Carrie Underwood

Growing up in Muskogee, OK, brothers were small town kids with big time dreams. The boys played with their family band since they were old enough to talk and wanted to make music for a living. Even at ages 9 and 12, the Brothers Swon had it in mind that they would be the pint-size version of Brooks and Dunn. “Nobody really told us that the odds of you making enough to be able to pay your bills are really slim to none. The odds are against you. When we grew up we didn’t realize that not everyone played music. …

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Where Jacksonville Scores: Jacksonville Sports Complex

Jacksonville’s is home to great neighborhoods, restaurants and idyllic views of downtown and the water front. It is also home to Jacksonville’s Sports Complex, comprised of three distinct venues located within a mile of each other: the , and . They combine to host one major and four minor league franchises that offer year-round sports entertainment for local fans. The love affair between the citizens of Jacksonville and professional team sports dates back to the late 19th century when the city hosted Major League Baseball’s first-ever spring training in 1888. In 1904, the city welcomed its first pro team, the …

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Brian Ray – guitarist for McCartney

If auditioning to play guitar for one of the world’s most influential rock stars is not intimidating enough, imagine performing live alongside Sir  in front of 77,000 screaming fans.  was already an accomplished artist when he took the pre-game stage at the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans to “interview” for the position as guitarist with McCartney’s new touring band. Ray knew he would fit the bill, transitioning easily from guitar to bass, lead to rhythm, electric to acoustic. He previously logged 14 years as guitarist and musical director with ‘ band and played with huge talents like , , …

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Jacksonville Giants vs. Birmingham Blitz by Ryan Smolka

Giants Attack Birmingham’s Blitz Late in 2013 Home Opener

The Back to Back  Champion  overtook the  tonight with a 31 point fourth quarter push. The Giants, who started off slow, ultimately survived Birmingham’s best effort by a score of 108-90. Leading scorer for the night was  with 21 points to go along with 5 steals. Rookie, , provided a spark with 12 points and 14 rebounds to highlight his home debut. Assistant coach  called the win a, “gritty, grind-it-out type of win. This is the type of win that really shows our mental toughness.” Prior to game time, the Giants presented last year’s National Championship team with their championship …

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