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Fin De Semana! 6-20-14

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An oral history of the Palomino, the cradle of West Coast country. Really, I don’t know what to say other than to read it.

George Strait’s last concert broke attendance and  box office records. Hunter Jobes has so far been unavailable for comment on this piece of information.

I have my hunches as to why country has never been as popular in England as other American roots music like R&B, Soul, and Blues. Apparently though, that might be changing. 

What I’m Listening To

Kathryn Legendre-Old Soul Kathryn Legendre has a double barreled voice to match her old soul. Whether on a folksy ode to Guy Clark or threatening to love her man, you never feel less than certain that she means every word coming out of her mouth. The words she writes are really good too. Aggressively, unabashedly traditional without sounding dated or winkingly retro, “Old Soul” is packed with honest, no fooling emotion and top notch playing that makes me look forward to her upcoming album. I get most of my leads on what’s new and good by following her recommendations on twitter and she’s never steered me wrong. She’s made it easier to find good music via her new blog, here.

What I’m Drinking

Summer in the desert means that water comes out of the tap hot. So I ain’t even gonna lie. Still on that Lone Star kick because it comes out of the fridge ICE COLD.

Fin De Semana! 6-13-14

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Tom Hiddleston (who my wife assures  me is a handsome and charming man,) will be playing Hank Williams in a new bio pic. Hank was previously played by George Hamilton, the very epitome of East Coast prep. I suppose people are mad they can’t get an actual Southern person to play this role. Personally, I think Hank Williams’ songs are more interesting than his life. On that note, where is my Waylon Jennings biopic? That guy freakin’ lived.

In what amounts to pretty much the only time a bachelor party has lead to something good for society, some guys found a massive fossil at a nearby state park.  A mastodon fossil at Elephant Butte. What are the odds?

Wrangler keeps trying to reach out to younger consumers. I kinda wish that instead of sucking up to millenials they’d do something a little closer to what they’re doing in Europe; where they make a big fuss about using American made denim and paying really close attention to craftsmanship. Considering that we’re all addicted to $20 dollar jeans, I’m not holding my breath. (One of the last Wrangler factories in America wasn’t far from where I grew up. It closed a few years ago. I wish “American Made” meant to us what it means to the rest of the world.)

What I’m Listening To

Shinyribs.

Shinyribs is Kev Russell from the Gourds in what was his side project. Something about his eclectic sound and gently absurdist songwriting always sounds better in summer for me. Much like the Gourds filtered string band music through a funky, East Texas mosquito net, Shinyribs takes bits of soul and classic rock and plays them on a ukelele. Somehow this still manages to sound as rustic and country as….something very rustic and country. Like an old truck that sits on a porch and drinks sweet tea. I dunno. Listen to Shinyribs. His albums are amazing and his live shows are legendary.

What I’m Drinking

True Detective is out on DVD. Seeing posters for it gave me a strong desire to drink cold Lone Star beer and think about the nature of time and evil. Did you know time is a flat circle? So are coasters. Therefore, coasters are time. It’s time to put a beer on a coaster. These thoughts and all the refreshment you can handle are yours if you drink a cold, cold Lone Star on a hot afternoon.