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February 20, 2010

All country, all the time

boot, scoot and boogie at cancun cantinaWe've been all about the twang this week -- or so it seems.

Yesterday, we re-launched the Live! entertainment section, and the cover story was a roundup of area country bars by yours truly. Remember back when I asked you for suggestions about cool country bars? Well, this is the result.

In the piece, I profiled three bars: Cancun Cantina, the Friendly Inn and Pop's Tavern. 

But wait, there's more. I also had a Q&A with country star Martina McBride, who performs at the 1st Mariner Arena tonight. (Unfortunately, I'm not able to make it to the show. We're stretched a little thin here this week.) ...

Typically when I interview a semi-famous musician, their publicist calls me (15 minutes late, more often than not) and conferences me through to the star. Country singers don't do this.

Country singers like to call me direct, sometimes a few minutes before our scheduled interview time. In the past few months, both Brad Paisley and Martina McBride have done this. Each time, it's caught me off guard.

They're like, "Hey Sam, it's Martina!," and I have a minor freak-out while I scramble to find my notes.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new Live! We don't cover country music enough in the Baltimore Sun, so I'm glad we got a bunch of it in the first edition. Yeeeeeeeeee HA!

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:33 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I was surprised by the beer fridge at Friendly Inn, they had some unusual craft offerings to go with the usual Bud/Miller/Coors stuff.

The country line dancers at Cancun Cantina are quite intimidating. They do have free lessons there though, so when you make an attempt to try your skills out on the floor you don't make a complete fool out of yourself.

@ Baltimore Beer Guy -- You mean, you doubted the Friendly Inn? How dare you doubt the Friendly Inn! $2 Sierra Nevada drafts are nothing to mess with, too.


I'll never doubt the Friendly Inn again :) Nice writeup.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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