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‘CSI’s’ Robert David Hall talks about his music career

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith “CSI” coroner Robert David Hall is having a high-flying time of it this summer — in his other career, as a music man. His “Things They Don’t Teach You in School” album, a folksy, rootsy, Americana-style collection of songs he wrote himself and recorded in Austin, TX, is getting a reception Hall admits exceeds his hopes. He slipped Craig Ferguson a copy, then Ferguson invited Hall to perform on his “Late Late Show.” Come June 19, he’ll be at Nasvhille’s legendary Ryman Auditiorium as part of the lineup for the Grand Ole Opry 85th Anniversary celebration’s “I’m With the Band” series.

“This is sort of a Warp 10 for me. I’m not scared. I am thrilled. I know it’s going to go well, but I don’t want to think about it too much because it’s almost overwhelming. I lived in Virginia for awhile, growing up, and I listened to the Opry. So many wonderful musicians have played there you can’t name them all. Anyone who is anyone in country music. It’s the highest honor,” he gushes.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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