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On December 8, 2018
Been way, way too long since I did one of these posts. It’s a long one! When I was in Nashville last weekend, I did something I always wanted to do: go to the Grand Ole Opry in the Ryman Auditorium. First, just seeing a show in the Ryman is great. All that history, all […]

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On October 19, 2018

Back when I lived in Austin in the late 2000s, one of my favorite things to do was to see Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club. I probably saw him there 6 or 7 times in those three years. This w

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On September 22, 2018

Let’s talk some music. We can argue whether Wayne Shorter is the greatest living jazz composer, but we can’t argue that he should be in the conversation. He just turned 85 and here’s

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On August 18, 2018

We need some more discussion of Aretha. Here’s a bunch of remembrances. All Songs Considered. Turns out she liked playing a little golf. Her episode of Murphy Brown. Christgau. Finally, this is

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Aretha Franklin, RIP

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On August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul has died at the age of 76. Despite having a very large music library, I am not much of a completist and so I have huge gaps, even of bands that I like. For instance, just yesterday, despite a lifetime of having listened to Who’s Next over and over and over, […]

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On July 21, 2018

So, I was reading Rachel Lee Rubin’s new short book on Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” and I learned something I didn’t know but that also didn’t surprise me.

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On June 30, 2018

On this day in 1998, Lucinda Williams released Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, one of the greatest albums ever made. It was the cap on a wonderful early career. She was already middle-aged by this time,

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