A Capitol Fourth

For Trace, this one is easy -- singing about soldiers


Each 4th of July, PBS offers great music and -- at times -- strong emotion. This year, some of that emotion comes from Trace Adkins, the towering country star with the chaotic-but-compelling life. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Yes, Trace Adkins'
wild ride has had twists, turns and odd detours.

It's time for a flash, Smokey 4th of July


On any 4th of July, PBS puts on a festive show, with a rich blend of music and the fireworks. This year, however, could be particularly fun, with Smokey Robinson at the core. That's one of three big-deal TV concerts on Monday, the 4th; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

As July 4 nears,
skies and spirits seem to brighten.

A 35-year-old event ... a 23-year-old star ... and a whole lot of people


For sheer quantity -- of stars, of fans, of music -- few events match PBS' 4th-of-July concert. This year's event ranges from country to classical, from veterans (Barry Manilow, Alabama) to 23-year-old phenom Hunter Hayes. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Right now, living
inside Hunter Hayes' world might seem kind of scary.

"Capitol Fourth": Big crowds, big variety


Yes, there really is musical variety on TV ... but only if you promise fireworks and more. There's a terrific range to this year's "Capitol Fourth" concert on PBS. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


4th-of-July TV: Big crowds, big voices, big deal


On July 4, people suddenly remember the joys of musical television. From New York and Washington, D.C., we get music and then fireworks. Here's the story I sent to papers, focusing on Broadway/TV star Megan Hilty and "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery.

By MIKE HUGHES

Each July 4, TV pumps up the volume. It
has big crowds, big orchestras, big voices.