TV tonight: 47th Annual CMA Awards and American Horror Story: Coven

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the 47th Annual CMA Awards Photo: ABC/47th Annual CMA Awards

WASHINGTON, Nov 6, 2013 —Tonight country music takes center stage to honor their own on the “47th Annual CMA Awards.” Once derided as a genre reserved for ignorant hillbillies, country music is now the most popular radio format in America.

Described as a blend of hillbilly country, gospel, jazz, blues, pop, cowboy, and folk, country music’s humble beginning in southwest Virginia owes its success to its ability to tell stories we all recognize. The lyrics are catchy but simple, the stars are hugely successful but hold tightly to their roots, and the artists are proud without being obnoxious.

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When the outcasts of society first settled the Appalachians, their disdain for authority, their faith in their own ability to survive and their love of storytelling came with them on the long journey. Their self imposed isolation allowed a uniquely American culture to develop that centered on religion, family, storytelling and music.

These same values are still at the core of country music, which is why you will never see Carrie Underwood swinging half naked on a wrecking ball. Regardless of how you may feel about country music, the CMA awards are always worth watching.

Tonight PBS is airing a new episode of “Nature” at 8 p.m. “Love in the Animal Kingdom” examines the ways animals attract mates. According to PBS; “in this delightful, provocative look at the love life of animals, we see the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons, and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner.”

And no article about Wednesday night TV would be complete without mentioning “American Horror Story: Coven” on FX at 10 p.m. Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Roberts continue to make this season the best yet.

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A deliciously campy and often graphic romp through the witchy side of New Orleans, “American Horror Story: Coven” will continue the show’s tradition of cleaning up at the Emmys. This is not a show for children, but for adults looking for something as unique as it is entertaining, “American Horror Story: Coven” is the clear choice.

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Lisa King

I was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with my job all over America in my twenties and early thirties then came back to the mountains to raise my daughter.

I’ve been employed as everything from a quality control technician in industrial construction, to a mail processing plant manager, to postmaster of a small town. I’ve been to forty nine of the fifty states, as well as many other countries. Traveling will always be a passion I indulge, and something I’ll call upon often in my writing. 

I come from a long line of story tellers, and will shamelessly exploit a family tree resplendent with colorful and unique characters, both past and present.

In short my perspective will reflect the pride and familiarity I have of my Appalachian heritage. My stories will be a reflection of the values I believe we hold dearest here, all embellished with a healthy dose of Southern Appalachian flare.


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