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This is the grave of Patsy Cline. Born Virginia Hensley in 1932 in Winchester, Virginia, to a seamstress mother and blacksmith father who later abandoned the family in 1947, Cline dropped out of school when her father left and worked a variety of low-end jobs to help make ends meet. She also loved singing and […]

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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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This is the grave of Duke Ellington. Born in 1899 to a pair of pianists in Washington, Edward Kennedy Ellington followed his parents to the piano from a young age. Although he was more interested in baseball as a child and worked for awhile selling peanuts at Senators games, he also began composing music. While […]

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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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This is the grave of Patti Page. Born in 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma, typically poor for the time and place, Clara Ann Fowler graduated from high school in Tulsa and started singing professionally right away. Her name changed to Patti Page on the air to support an advertising campaign on the radio station to support […]

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On June 16, 2018

It’s time for an entirely too long post about music. It’s too long because I didn’t get around to finishing anything while I kept listening to new albums and reading new stories. Wel

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On May 14, 2018

Here is a great history of Living Colour, one of the most underrated bands in history, particularly focusing on their debut album Vivid and it’s great single “Cult of Personality.” I

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On April 28, 2018
It’s time to talk some tunes. Cool piece on the 40th anniversary of the B-52s releasing “Rock Lobster.” I reviewed Jaimie Branch’s incredible Fly or Die album awhile back. It’s great. She wrote a piece about its surprising success and she sums up the whole era in which we live at the end: I guess […]
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