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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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CANADA'S EDWARDS IS OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

Singer Kathleen Edwards may be only 24, but her career has taken off like a rocket. She recently sang her hit song "Six O'clock News" on David Letterman's late-night TV show. Now, according to CMT, positive notices about the song and CD from which it came, "Failer," are being inked in many major publications. Among the magazines and newspapers that have been giving Edwards rave notices are Rolling Stone, Blender, MoJo, Elle, USA Today, Billboard and the Washington Post. Edwards tells the cable network she always has been a fan of John Prine. Her music, because of that, reflects a rather dark tone. "Failer" is full of intriguing stories of disillusionment, drunkenness and other tried-and-true elements of country music. Edwards was interviewed by CMT at her home in Toronto.

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FITTIPALDI TO TRY CAR OWNERSHIP

Racing champ Emerson Fittipaldi says he plans to get into car ownership in the coming months. The driver, a veteran of championship racing on nearly every circuit imaginable, tells the Indianapolis Star he will join with 29-year-old businessman James Dingman to form Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing. By the way, Dingman is no stranger to automobiles. His dad is a member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Co. With the addition of Fittipaldi, 56, to the ranks of owners, there now are nearly 20 driver-owner combinations on the CART racing circuit. Fittipaldi won the Indianapolis 500 in both 1989 and 1993.

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HAGGARD AND STUART TEAM UP ... FINALLY

It took a long time, but veteran musicmakers Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart finally have agreed to do a CD together. Country.com says the pair went into a Nashville studio recently to work on a project called "Farmer's Blues." The song was written by Stuart and his wife. In case you didn't know, Mrs. Stuart is the Grand Ole Opry's Connie Smith. The song eventually will become part of a planned album by Stuart. Haggard is a longtime member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Haggard was back in Nashville this week to appear at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the original venue of the Opry.


TILSON THOMAS RIDING HIGH ON GRAMMY NODS

Michael Tilson Thomas is glowing in the wake of the announcement from the Grammys one of his recordings is up for an award. Thomas, affectionately referred to as MTT in the Bay area press, is conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. That orchestra's recent recording of Gustav Mahler's "Sixth Symphony" received two nominations. One was for Best Classical Album of the Year and the other was for Best Orchestral Performance. To make things more exciting for the orchestra, the CD was released on the symphony association's own private label, SFS -- San Francisco Symphony -- Media. The recordings were done live at Davies Symphony Hall in the fall of 2001. The CD was released about a year ago and got instant great reviews at the time. The Grammy nominations are icing on the cake. The recordings, by the way, were pressed on a brand-new CD format that allows consumers with newer-version machines to hear a wider audio spectrum. At the same time, the CDs still are playable on older machines. For more check out shopsfsymphony.org on the Internet.

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BLACK COUNTRY ARTISTS TO BE HONORED

Over the years there have been more black country artists than many people realize -- now many are about to be honored. A special celebration of great black musicians and singers in country music is being planned for St. Valentine's Day in New York's Manhattan. Organizers tell national media the event will be the third time the Black Country Music Special will be staged. The venue is the Aaron Davis Hall Theatre in Harlem. The event, of course, is being presented in the middle of Black History Month. Among those who have agreed to perform on the show are Big Al Downing, Will Glover, K.C. Williams, Vicki Vann and Marvel Allen. The producer of the show is John Keaton.


NELSON HAILED AS 'AHEAD OF HIS TIME'

The new release of some "lost" demo tapes by Willie Nelson show the singer-songwriter was, indeed, ahead of his time. The Kansas City Star, in reviewing the just-released compilation of self-made tapes, says Nelson, 27 at the time and flat broke, was decades ahead of other songwriters in many ways. It was in 1960 Nelson, with family in tow, arrived in Music City in a beaten up 1941 Buick. He came to the city with little more than some songs he had written in the previous 10 years, hoping someone would record them. Nelson had been knocking around Houston since high school with little success. Finally, after selling all his possessions to get the money for studio time, he managed to record the songs himself. He then sent the tapes out to whomever would listen. One great country singer did and asked: "Can I record the song, Willie?" "Sure," Nelson replied. The song was "Crazy." The singer was Patsy Cline. And, as they say, the rest is history. The new CD is called "Crazy: The Demo Sessions."

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UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 522

Today our question is: "When was the last time you went to a symphony concert?" Put CONCERT in the subject line and send to [email protected] via the Internet.


RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 517 (WINDOWS)

Last week we asked how many windows your home or apartment has. As with many previous questions of this type, several wrote to say they had no idea of the number of windows until they started checking, finding more and more. Here are the results from a random dip into the e-mail inbox:

The largest number of windows noted is 37, on a house owned by BobW.

The smallest number was noted by KyleR, one large one in an efficiency apartment.

The average was 18.

TOMORROW: Have a glass of wine. GBA

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