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Farewell, Wichita Lineman

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald We know we’re going to die. The circumstances usually remain a mystery – and mercifully so, don’t you think?  However, when we can see the end approaching, how do we face it? For Glen Travis Campbell, the answer lies in his great love, music. The son of an Arkansas farmer, he learned […]

Happy 80th birthday Willie Nelson!

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:30 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole He’s a poet, an activist, an actor and an author—and now we’re celebrating 80 years of Willie Nelson.Funny how times slips away, isn’t it? Not only is that one of my very favorite Willie Nelson songs —but it’s front of mind after seeing all the  “Happy 80th Birthday Willie Nelson!” posts on […]

My New Favorite Holiday

Posted April 24th, 2013 at 4:52 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole I have a confession to make: my new favorite holiday is April 20th, AKA Record Store Day! Unfortunately, I’ve got to wait 51 weeks until the next celebration. I know what you’re saying–who needs to go into a bricks and mortar store when you can download a song on your phone or […]

Remembering Richie Havens

Posted April 23rd, 2013 at 8:31 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole In all honesty, that’s a stupid title for this blog post. How could we ever forget a guy who looks and sounds like this??? It was that opening performance at Woodstock in 1969 that catapulted Richie Havens into the history books, but did you know that it almost didn’t happen that way? […]

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Remembering Scott Miller

Posted April 19th, 2013 at 2:55 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole           Scott Miller died this week at 53.  Critics and fellow musicians would refer to the former  Loud Family singer as “one of America’s most underappreciated songwriters.” He was he kind of artist who devoted fans just knew would be HUGE… if only more people had the chance […]

Play Ball 2013!

Posted April 5th, 2013 at 5:20 pm (UTC+0)
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BY KATHERINE COLE This is a very happy week for baseball fans the world over—the 2013 major league season officially started on Sunday March 31st, when the Houston Astros beat their in-state rival Texas Rangers 8-2. OK, calm down. This isn’t turning into a sports blog. But there’s a longtime love affair between music and […]

…For Better, For Worse…

Posted April 5th, 2013 at 2:21 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald   When I read that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was leaving the band for the remainder of its North American tour, I immediately thought “he’s going into rehab.”  The brief notice posted on the group”s official web site contained few details, merely noting that the shows would continue as planned. However, […]

Too Much, Too Soon?

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 3:05 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald Reviewing Justin Bieber’s list of recent woes, I keep coming back to one well-known saying: “Be careful what you wish for. It just may come true.” The former clean-cut teen idol is stumbling from one PR crisis to another: run-ins with paparazzi; sudden hospital visits; and most recently, a nasty episode with a […]

The Musician’s Life Can Be Taxing

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 2:34 pm (UTC+0)
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By Eric Felten  Dionne Warwick, the multi-Grammy-winning artist who sold millions of  records with hits  such as “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Walk On By,” has filed for bankruptcy. She’s not only millions of dollars in debt, but almost all of it is owed to the government in taxes. According to Warwick  publicist Kevin […]

SXSW—My ears are still ringing!

Posted March 20th, 2013 at 2:28 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole What a week it was in Austin! I didn’t keep track of all the shows I attended during SXSW 2013, but my unofficial tally is a hundred bands/singers heard between Tuesday March 12 and Sunday the 17th. Sounds like a lot, but it’s totally doable when you realize music starts when the […]

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