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Eleven Hundred Springs @ Lee Harvey’s

March 24, 2007 Ever since I moved to Texas, I’ve always had a difficult relationship with country music. There’s country music that I just can’t seem to get enough of – like Johnny Cash or Robert Earl Keen or Gram … Continue reading

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Brent Best @ The Barley House, March 4, 2007

Brent Best’s show at the Barley House Sunday night was heavy on audience participation even if it was a little light on audience. While it was a pretty sparse crowd that showed up at least it had the advantage of … Continue reading

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Baby Gramps

We made the drive out to Ft Worth on Saturday night to see The Gourds play The Aardvark (and to have a great dinner with our friends). When we got to the club we found out the slated opening band … Continue reading

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The Drams – Jubilee Dive

I’ve waited a while to write this one, I guess I didn’t really know where to start. I’ve been watching The Drams progress steadily from that first Dallas show at their home-base, The Barley House, up to a recent Labor … Continue reading

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The Gourds @ Central Market, Ft. Worth – September 28, 2006

OK, so I had no idea what to expect from a Gourds show at Central Market in Ft Worth. For one thing, I’d never been to Central Market in Ft Worth. I’ve been to the one in Dallas and couldn’t … Continue reading

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Dave Alvin – Live at the Sons of Hermann Hall, September 7, 2006

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men played The Sons of Hermann Hall Thursday night with Chris Gaffney’s band, The Hacienda Brothers , opening- while the regular Thursday night campfire singalong was going on full steam in the downstairs bar. All … Continue reading

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Grant-Lee Phillips – nineteeneighties

It’s been a hell of a long time since I had New Order’s song “Age of Consent” stuck in my head. The same can be said for Echo and the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon,” or The Psychedelic Fur’s “Love My … Continue reading

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Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways

When Johnny Cash teamed up with producer Rick Rubin and American Recordings to release the first of his “American” series, he managed to both resurrect his career and earn genuine indie cred at the same time. The four records that … Continue reading

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The Drams – June 8, 2006 @ The Barley House

When Slobberbone released their fourth album, "Slippage," in 2002, it was apparent they were trying for a new direction.  The sound was leaner, tighter, and more produced.  Where they once chiseled out a unique alt country sound with banjos, mandolins, … Continue reading

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Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

The seventies were the birth of instantly disposable modern popular culture.  I know most people would say that it was the sixties or even the fifties that invented modern pop culture — but I’m talking about the particular strain of … Continue reading

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