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MSU Looks For Continued Success At The SEC Championship

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:40pm
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Following its best finish of the season, the Mississippi State men's golf looks to add a third Top 5 at the SEC Championship in the last four years.

Women's Golf To Tee Off SEC Championship Friday

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:05pm
Starkville, Miss. – Following the best regular season of golf to date in Mississippi State history, the No. 9-ranked women's golf team will begin play in the SEC Women's Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday.

Phil Hamilton takes music to Bridgeport

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:04pm

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – If music is deep in Phil Hamilton’s heart, Texas music is his soul.

He will put it all on the line Saturday, May 9, during a special concert as part of the annual Butterfield Stage Days celebration. The two-day gathering also features the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Retreat Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

Phil Hamilton will perform Saturday, May 9, after the second performance of the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo.

Phil Hamilton will perform Saturday, May 9, after the second performance of the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo. (PUBLICITY PHOTO)

Hamilton originally is from Burleson, Texas, about an hour southeast of Bridgeport. His style of music is the perfect fit for the Butterfield Stage Days celebration, and it’s why event organizers made plans for the Texas native to be part of the show.

“We’re very excited to have Phil Hamilton being the entertainment Saturday night,” said Susan Miller, a key member of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “It’s generated a great deal of excitement for us, and I think the community feels the same way.”

Hamilton has loved music since childhood, growing up in a musical family. His grandmother sang opera, and his aunt sang country. As a young adult, he discovered Texas acts like Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison and Pat Green, and Hamilton found his niche.

“I started writing some originals, but it didn’t come natural to me at first,” Hamilton said in his biography. “Back then I hadn’t had enough experiences with love and loss and all that stuff to make great songs.”

He continued to practice his writing skills and focusing on it.

“That’s when things started to take off,” he said. “The next thing I knew I was being offered a deal with Winding Road Music to record a full record.”

Nothing To Lose was released in 2009 and featured two singles that reached the top 15 on the Texas charts. His second album, Renegade Rock N Roll, featured three No. 1 songs: “Bad,” “Running” and “Back of a ’73.” He followed that with a third album from a legendary Fort Worth, Texas, club, Live At The Whiskey Girl Saloon.

“I was excited to show what we do live,” Hamilton said. “My only rule was that it had to be real authentic and 100 percent live, not re-cut or re-tracked, and we did it that way and it worked. It was just a phenomenal experience, and we captured the music just the way I wanted.”

When he’s not on the road playing before raucous audiences, Hamilton enjoys his time at home in Grandbury, Texas, where he combines his passion for music with the outdoors. It’s a great place for him to unwind and open the possibilities for his songwriting.

“I live on the road, but I don’t write on the road,” he said. “There are too many things going on, and it’s too tough for me to put my thoughts down out there. Hunting and the outdoors are my main things. When I’m home, half of the week I’m always out in the woods hunting or fishing.”

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State Rallies, But Falls To No. 22 South Alabama, 3-2

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:57pm
Playing its fifth-straight game against a ranked opponent, the Mississippi State softball team (31-13) rallied, but dropped its contest with No. 22 South Alabama (32-7), 3-2, on Wednesday night at the MSU Softball Field.

Bulldogs Celebrate Historic Season; Hand Out Team Awards

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:52pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – To cap a memorable 2014-15 campaign, several Bulldogs were recognized for their season's efforts Wednesday night at the team's annual Hail State Hoops Awards Banquet.

Track And Field Splits Action In California

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior Erica Bougard captured two wins in her first multi event of the 2015 season at the first of three meets for the Mississippi State track and field teams this week at the Mt. SAC Multi Invitational.

No. 42 State Women’s Tennis To Open SEC Championship Vs. No. 28 South Carolina Thursday

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:59pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After finishing the regular season with its best record since the 2005 dual match season, the 42nd-ranked Mississippi State women's tennis team begins play in the 2015 SEC Championship Thursday, facing tournament host and 28th-ranked South Carolina. Thursday's match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT start.

#SBW15 Begins Friday on MSU Campus

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:18pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The 30th annual Super Bulldog Weekend, a Mississippi State spring homecoming tradition featuring three days of athletic events and a pig cooking contest, will take place April 17-19 on the MSU campus. The event is once again being presented by Regions Bank.

Soccer To Host Samford Thursday In Spring Finale

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – April showers prevented Mississippi State soccer from taking the pitch in Tupelo Wednesday night, but now fans have another chance to see the Bulldogs on the home pitch.

Wellness Travel Is on the Rise

Lifestyles - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:18pm
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(NewsUSA) - Studies show that a yearly vacation is invaluable for health, with benefits varying from lower stress levels to cardiovascular improvements. Adding to these benefits, many travelers are now combining traditional vacations with wellness-geared getaways.

A panel of experts at the annual International Travel Mart in Cannes, France, predicted that, by 2040, 90 percent of luxury tourism will include some aspect of health and wellness.

The global market size of the wellness tourism industry is growing rapidly -- faster than travel in general -- and is predicted to account for $678.5 billion by 2017, compared with $438.6 billion in 2012, according to Statistica Inc.

Much of this growth can be attributed to the maturation of the baby boomer generation, which is more health-conscious than preceding generations. These travelers look for a vacation that integrates their daily healthful routine with traditional aspects of travel. But it's not just baby boomers who are looking to travel in good health -- the active family travel market is burgeoning and is expected to continue to grow as well.

So, what is wellness travel? The trend covers all aspects of health, including nutritious menu options, spa offerings and fitness activities. Across the globe, tourism professionals are responding to growing demands by introducing whole food, vegetarian and vegan menus, spa packages and active excursions. Hiking, cycling, paddle boarding and kayaking continue to gain popularity.

Tall ship cruise specialist Star Clippers is one travel company that offers a complete wellness experience. Shoreside the cruise line features complimentary water sports and adventurous shore excursions that include mountain biking and kayaking in some of the most beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Onboard, guests are invited to participate in yoga on deck under billowing sails on select yoga-themed sailings, and most cruises afford the opportunity to climb the mast for an exhilarating workout. Massages are available on each ship, and flagship Royal Clipper features a full-service spa. Healthy gourmet meal options are available on all three ships in the fleet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information, visit www.starclippers.com.

Fans Can Experience "Maroon Memories" at #SBW15

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:54pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – As Super Bulldog Weekend 2015 kicks off this Friday, Mississippi State Athletics hopes fans have their most unforgettable SBW yet with help from "Maroon Memories." Maroon Memories is offered through award-winning mobile technology provider, Experience (www.expapp.com).

MSU Volleyball To Host Maroon And White Scrimmage Wednesday

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:39pm
Starkville, Miss. – In their final action of the spring season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will host a Maroon and White scrimmage on Wednesday, April 15, at the Newell-Grissom Building.
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