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It’s official – Bun B Day in Houston

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 31, 2011 by 30daysout

Bun B

One day, you can tell your kids where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news: the city of Houston declared Tuesday, August 30 as “Bun B Day.” The rapper was on hand at a Houston City Council meeting yesterday to receive a formal proclamation from Mayor (and Queen of Trill) Annise Parker.

Bun B, a native of Port Arthur, Texas,  has been a leading force in the Southern hip hop movement since the 90’s but he’s also known for his work in the community. He’s volunteered his time and also teaches a course on religion and hip hop at Rice University. Professor Bun is one half of the iconic rap group UGK with the late Pimp C and he has had great success as solo artist as well.

Naturally the Tweetsphere was filled with congrats and shoutouts for the Big Homie on his H-Town holiday, but there was a bit of grumbling that Port Arthur has yet to honor its own with a Bun B Day in the Golden Tri.  “I don’t decide when and where I get a day,” Bun tweeted on @BunBTrillOG. ” The city of PA and the mayor chose not to honor UGK, Pimp C or me.”

YouTube: “Bun B accepts proclamation from the City of Houston”

UPDATE: Bun B’s photo album from the day on his Facebook page

Texas Music

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by 30daysout

149570_steveearletownescoverart               flatlanders

It’s springtime in Texas, and the bluebonnets have blossomed brilliantly along the miles of highways in the state.  And as the dust settled after the big South by Southwest (SXSW) festival we find a handful of worthy releases from artists in the Lone Star State.

It’s no secret that Steve Earle is a huge fan of fellow Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt.  In fact, Earle once said “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.”  So now Earle backs up his words with a whole album of Van Zandt songs, Townes, coming out May 12.  The two met way back in 1972 when Van Zandt heckled Earle during one of his very first shows.  I can see where that would lead to a beautiful friendship.

MP3: “Pancho and Lefty” by Steve Earle

Already out is Midnight at the Movies, the excellent new album from Justin Townes Earle (guess whose son).   This is the second solo album from a kid who knows who he wants to be, and to me he sounds like he wants to be an excellent songwriter and a man who can sing rings around a honky tonk song.

MP3: “Mama’s Eyes” by Justin Townes Earle

The Flatlanders are, of course, the trio of Texas super-songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely.  These boys from Lubbock have achieved legendary status on their own, and reaching similiar notoriety as a collective (even though they formed the band way back in 1972).  Hills and Valleys is their third album, and it’s proof positive that some good things are worth waiting for.

MP3: “Homeland Refugee” by the Flatlanders

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