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Mardi Gras Time

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by 30daysout

The season of Mardi Gras, the final big blowout before the period of fasting and sacrifice called Lent, begins this weekend.  Feel free to party as you please; here’s some music to help you on your way.

These are some Louisiana-style tunes to spice up your Mardi Gras mixtape. Play ‘em loud, play ‘em often and play ‘em all year – make every day a Mardi Gras Day.

MP3: “Between Eunice & Opelousas” by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

MP3: “Zydeco Et Pas Sale” by Clifton Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band

MP3: “Grow Too Old”  by Bobby Charles

MP3: “Shake Your Tambourine” by the Neville Brothers

MP3: “Ooo Poo Pah Doo” by Trombone Shorty

MP3: “St. James Infirmary” by Allen Toussaint

MP3: “Meet De Boys On De Battlefront” by the Wild Tchoupitoulas

MP3: “My Indian Red” by Dr. John

MP3: “It’s You I Love” by Fats Domino

MP3: “Tip On In (Part 2)” by Slim Harpo

MP3: “Give Him Cornbread” by Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

MP3: “Hot Tamale Baby” by Marcia Ball

A Lone Star Christmas

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by 30daysout

Instead of reinventing the wheel this Christmas, let’s recycle a past post or two. Today, the holidays in the Lone Star State!

Christmas in Texas is pretty much like Christmas in any other place – except most of the time it’s hot, everybody’s playin’ football, people are barbecuing and drinking beer, there’s a lot of country music and blues and rock, and the stuffing has jalapenos in it.  Okay, it’s like no place else.

MP3: “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by the Texas Tornados

MP3: “Merry Christmas From The Family” (live) by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Christmas Everyday” by Rosie Flores

MP3: “When It’s Christmas Time In Texas” by George Strait

MP3: “The Christmas Song” by Steve Fromholz

MP3: “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy” by Rev. Horton Heat

MP3: Stevie Ray Vaughan Holiday Greeting No. 1

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Rusty Wier

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “Merry Christmas” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by Flaco Jimenez & Freddy Fender

MP3: “Pretty Paper” by Willie Nelson

MP3: “Nothing But A Child” by Steve Earle & Allison Moorer

MP3: “Snow In Austin” by Ellis Paul

MP3: “Sweet Little Baby Boy” by Angela Strehli

MP3: “Winterlude” by Joe Ely

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: Stevie Ray Vaughan Holiday Greeting No. 2 (1989)

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Louisiana

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 20 – Our Christmas journey today brings us to the great state of Louisiana – or more precisely, New Orleans.  The Crescent City is home to some of the greatest American musicians of past and modern eras, and being the nice Catholic boys and girls most of ’em are, they really know how to put on a good party at Christmas.  We also veer slightly into Cajun country for a couple of our selections but it’s all Louisiana, it’s all good.  Lassez les bon temps roulet.

MP3: “Christmas In New Orleans” by Louis Armstrong

MP3: “The Day It Snows On Christmas” by Allen Toussaint

MP3: “Christmas Gumbo” by Art Neville

MP3: “Zydeco Christmas” by C. J. Chenier

MP3: “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Joe Bonsall

MP3: “Christmas Fais Do Do” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Al Hirt

MP3: “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by Pete Fountain

MP3: “Peace Brother Peace” by Dr. John

MP3: “Let It Snow” by the Dixie Cups

MP3: “The Christmas Blues” by the Dukes of Dixieland w/Topsy Chapman & Lars Edegran

MP3: “Santa Don’t Let Me Down” by Earl King

MP3: “All I Want For Christmas (Is A Little Bit Of Music) by Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by Fats Domino

MP3: “Such A Night” by Aaron Neville

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Texas

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by 30daysout


Day Ten – We’re one third of the way through, and thought we’d share some of the holiday music from the Lone Star State.  We have it pretty good here – the indigenous music can encompass country, blues, folk, Tex-Mex, polka and good old rock and roll.  And there is no shortage of true characters to play all this fine music here in Texas.  We will surely visit Texas again on our 30 day countdown, so warm yourself up a big bowl o’ chili or grill some Earl Campbell sausages and cue up these tunes.  Y’all have a Merry Christmas!

MP3: “When It’s Christmas Time in Texas” by George Strait

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by Freddy Fender & Flaco Jimenez

MP3: “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Silent Night” by Willie Nelson

MP3: “Feliz Navidad” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Mason Dixon’s On The Line” by Jerry Jeff Walker

MP3: “Santa” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Must Be Christmas” by Brave Combo

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Rusty Wier

Summer’s Here!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Today is the first day of summer.  No matter where you live, it’s always the best time of the year.  Enjoy our little summer mix – some of these have nothing to do with the season, they’re just good summer singles.  And have a good weekend.

MP3: “Holiday Road” (live) by Lindsey Buckingham

MP3: “Always A Friend” by Alejandro Escovedo

MP3: “Summer Turns To High” by R.E.M.

MP3: “Summer Is Here” by the Outsiders

MP3: “Surf Wax America” by Weezer

MP3: “Ted F–king Williams” by The Baseball Project

MP3: “Little Pad” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Watermelon Time” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” (winter mix) by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “All Summer Long” by Chris Rea

MP3: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

MP3: “Wildest Dream” by Journey (w/Arnel Pineda)

MP3: “She Loves The Sunset” by the Old 97s




Backyard Fireball: It’s BBQ Time!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 24, 2008 by 30daysout

The weather’s getting warmer and it’s about time to fire up the grill.  Soon you’ll be getting that whiff of charcoal (and charcoal lighter), and your stomach will say, “Ribs, sausage, brisket, chicken, please!” 

Ah, barbecue.  Barbecue is more than just tossing some wieners on a fire.  It’s smoking a succulent side of beef, making sure those pork ribs are just right, and poking a fork in a chicken thigh to make sure the juices run clear.  It’s real cookin’!

It’s also potato salad, watermelon, beans in barbecue sauce, potato chips, Big Red soft drinks and lots of cold, cold beer. And some great music on the patio: here’s a little starter sample.

MP3: Peace, Love And BBQ by Marcia Ball

MP3: Queen Bee BBQ ad No. 1 by Billy Gibbons

MP3: Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat) by the Detroit Cobras

MP3: Barbecue And Drink A Few by Travis Matte and the Zydeco Kingpins

MP3: Queen Bee BBQ ad No. 2

MP3: Hot Barbecue by Brother Jack McDuff

MP3: Rib Tips by Andre Williams

MP3: Queen Bee BBQ ad No. 3

MP3: Bar-B-Q by ZZ Top



Review: Texas Music

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2008 by 30daysout




Of course you know that the best music in the world comes from Texas, or at least that’s what we Texans believe.  OK … just kidding, but you gotta admit some pretty good stuff comes out of the Lone Star State pretty regularly.  Here is the evidence, judge for yourself:


Peace, Love & BBQ is the latest from Texas blues and piano gal Marcia Ball, and although it’s a party from the opening track she’s not afraid to slow it down.  Guests include Dr. John, Tracy Nelson and Terrance Simien.


Lovers comes from Bobby Whitlock, former member of Derek and the Dominos, but he and wife CoCo Carmel make their home in Austin now.  This is his first studio album and it’s a blue-eyed-soul extravaganza, with a few cameo appearances by that Willie Nelson guy.


Live Cactus! Along with Lone Star Beer, Joe Ely is our other great national resource.  Here he’s mostly acoustic with accordionist Joel Guzman; just close your eyes and imagine you’re in a border town cantina.


Kashmere Gardens Mud is the autobiographical track that kicks off Johnny Bush’s album of the same name.  Bush is an acclaimed country writer (“Whiskey River”) and that Willie Nelson guy pops up on a couple of tunes here, too. 


Moment Of Forever is a new one by that Willie Nelson guy (man, he’s everywhere!), who is celebrating his 75th birthday this year.  Title song is a Kris Kristofferson tune and while the album is uneven it has its, ah, moments.


Troubadour goes down nice and easy, because it’s by long-time country great George Strait.  In his 28th year of making music, Strait keeps crankin’ them out.


Living For The Sunshine by Jack Saunders is the work of another tried-and-troubadour from our great state.  We blogged on this one last week (April 10) but we like it so much we are sharing another cut from this excellent album.  Thanks, Jack!


Come and Take It is an ancient Texas battle cry, and it’s also the newest album from Orange Is In, our little blog’s house band.  Catch them live, they’re playing at a fine establishment near you … that is, if you’re in Texas.  If you’re not, take a listen of our finest new music and we’ll leave the light on for ya’ll.


MP3: Party Town by Marcia Ball

MP3: Dice Of God by Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel

MP3: Where Is My Love? by Joe Ely & Joel Guzman

MP3: Kashmere Gardens Mud by Johnny Bush

MP3: Moment Of Forever by Willie Nelson

MP3: When You’re In Love by George Strait

MP3: Nothing At All by Jack Saunders

MP3: House Where You Go by Orange Is In