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Greetings From Texas! (It’s Hot As Hell!)

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by 30daysout

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The other day some TV reporter called, she was going to do a story on people seriously burning their bare feet on the sidewalk.  Sounds like a stupid story, but you have to admit it’s pretty damned hot here in Texas.  Every day they give some heat index reading, supposedly to tell you what it “feels like” outside, and it’s around 110 or so degrees. 

When it gets this hot, you know what we do in Texas?  We strip off all our clothes, fire up the barbecue, and jump in some water.  And we drink us some beer – Lone Star, of course.  Well, almost.  But we do listen to this kind of music:

MP3: “Farther Along/All Just To Get To You” (live) by Joe Ely

MP3: “Austin Night” by the Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash

MP3: “Spiritual Babe” by Ian McLagan & the Bump Band

MP3: “In The Middle Of The Night” by Jimmie Vaughan & Double Trouble w/Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “Roadhouse Blues” by Ryan Bingham

MP3: “Real Love” (alternate version) by Lucinda Williams

MP3: “Look At Little Sister” by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

MP3: “I Fought The Law” by the Freddie Steady 5

MP3: “What You Gonna Do For Love” by the Krayolas

MP3: “Guacamole” by the Texas Tornados

MP3: “Castanets” by Alejandro Escovedo w/Ian McLagan & the Bump Band

MP3: “Foxy Lady” (live) by ZZ Top

Texas Music

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

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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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