Archive for Category: "Legends"

Remembering Pete Seeger: A Time To Sing

Remembering Pete Seeger: A Time To Sing

Remembering Pete Seeger: A Time To Sing By Terry Paul Roland, Staff Writer “He passed away, that doesn’t mean he’s gone.” Arlo Guthrie Sometimes it seems life’s journey is a series of circles. Our cultural heroes sit uncomfortably on a pedestal we make for them. When we have the opportunity to get to know our […]

Willie and Lukas Nelson – Just Breathe

Willie and Lukas Nelson – Just Breathe

Just Breathe By Terry Roland Last June, with what felt like a last breath of grief, my brother, sister-in-law and I drove down the Abilene Highway that runs between Dallas and Abilene, Texas. With the hot summer wind on our backs, we rolled toward a small town, Winters, where my mother’s casket waited for burial […]

Remembering Susanna Clark

Remembering Susanna Clark

“Women can change better’n a man,” Ma said soothingly. “Woman got all her life in her arms. Man got it all in his head. Man, he lives in jerks-baby born an’ a man dies, an’ that’s a jerk-gets a farm and looses his farm, an’ that’s a jerk. Woman, its all one flow, like a […]

California Chronicles: Brian Wilson

California Chronicles: Brian Wilson

California Chronicles: Brian Wilson By Terry Paul Roland, Staff Writer I was born in West Texas in 1955. I still identify myself as a Texan because those roots really run deep. I’ve grown up with a strong love for real Country Music. But, in 1956 my father was killed in a tragic plane crash that […]

Brian Wilson turns 70 & The Beach Boys Reunion We Never Thought We’d See

Brian Wilson turns 70 & The Beach Boys Reunion We Never Thought We’d See

Editor, Courtney Sudbrink looking like BW Brian Wilson turns 70 & The Beach Boys Reunion We Never Thought We’d See By Courtney Sudbrink, Editor Brian Wilson turns 70 today. If someone would have told me ten years ago, that on this day, he would be on tour with Mike Love, I wouldn’t have believed it. […]

Remembering Doc Watson

Remembering Doc Watson

“Country Blues” by Doc Watson Remembering Doc Watson By Matt Cartsonis Doc Watson left us a week ago. By now everybody remotely into NPR or acoustic music has heard of how his first banjo was made from the esteemed skin of a favorite family cat, and that (and in his case one hesitates to say […]

John McEuen Remembers Levon Helm

John McEuen Remembers Levon Helm

Remembering Levon Helm By John McEuen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Our friend Levon has left an indelible mark on the world. Even more relevant about the man as to ‘who he was,’ is ‘how’ he was. If you were fortunate to meet him, you knew. For others who did not, he was everybody’s friend, always […]

Austin’s Legends: Guy Clark

Austin’s Legends: Guy Clark

Tales from the Legendary Founder of The Groundling Theatre Austin’s Legends: Guy Clark Guy Clark & Stuff That Works by Gary Austin, Contributing Writer Several years back I was enjoying a Guy Clark show at Antone’s in Austin.  Clark asked if there were any requests.  A woman sitting near me said, “Do stuff that works.” […]

Austin’s Legends: Townes Van Zandt

Austin’s Legends: Townes Van Zandt

Tales From The Legendary Founder of The Groundlings Austin’s Legends: Townes Van Zandt My Conversation With Townes Van Zandt By Gary Austin Contributing Writer I saw Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark together at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California about eighteen years ago. One would sing while the other sat in a chair […]

Austin’s Legends: Kris Kristofferson

Austin’s Legends: Kris Kristofferson

Tales From The Legendary Founder of The Groundlings Austin’s Legends: Kris Kristofferson By Gary Austin Contributing Writer While driving from Twin Peaks to my gig in North Beach, a song blasted from my car radio.  And the blast was a tender ballad. I had never heard of Sammi Smith.  She was singing “Help Me Make […]

Steve Earle Kicks Folk’s Ass

Steve Earle Kicks Folk’s Ass

Steve Earle Kicks Folk’s Ass A 2012 Grammy Nomination Op-Ed by Courtney Sudbrink, Managing Editor If Steve Earle ain’t country, I don’t know who is. But just this week, Earle’s album,  I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, was nominated for “Best Folk Album” by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (aka […]

Why Los Angeles is Gram Parsons Country

Why Los Angeles is Gram Parsons Country

Why Los Angeles is Gram Parsons Country By Courtney Sudbrink, Editor Gram Parsons has yet to be honored by a Country Music Hall of Fame induction. Whether or not this is an oversight or slap in the face to the Sin City Sound,  it seems Nashville’s hesitation to pay the Fallen Angel well deserved respect, […]