Monthly Archives: July 2012

Austin Snapshot, Day 3

Well, well, well. It’s now been more the four months since South by Southwest 2012 wrapped up and we departed the Texas capital. It’s been nearly two months since “Austin Snapshot, Day 2” appeared on this absurd little journal. But … Continue reading

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This land is your land, no matter what they say

By now you’ve probably seen something about Woody Guthrie’s centennial. Words have been wrung out by the ton in his honor. So I’ll try to keep this brief. I’m no Woody Guthrie scholar, and I have no paeans to add … Continue reading

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June 1, 2007: Redneck Riviera

Honest Gabe fled New York to get away from Jews and liberals. That’s what he says. Gabe Becchinelli is the kind of guy people like to refer to as a “straight shooter.” “They said the rednecks would eat me alive,” … Continue reading

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October 2003: Savannah to Nashville

We’re in a motel room in Savannah, Tennessee. Comfort Inn, Room 107. Wayne Jerrolds, who did short stint in Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, is playing fiddle. Elvis is here, too. He’s alive. He’s missing a leg, though. One-legged Elvis does … Continue reading

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Oct. 15, 2003: Shiloh

I suppose the country lying between Corinth and Pittsburg Landing could boast a few inhabitants other than alligators. What manner of people they were it is impossible to say, inasmuch as the fighting dispersed, or possibly exterminated them; perhaps in … Continue reading

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Oct. 12, 2003: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Editor’s note: On the heels of Becky’s heroic assault on an unsuspecting Pinetop Perkins and subsequent run-in with his handler at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Ark., we traveled across the river to Clarksdale, Miss., on Sunday for … Continue reading

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July 15, 2012: The Queen of Tacoma

It has been quiet in Uncle Sam’s backyard for a while. But you know Uncle Sam’s backyard is one surreal, upside-down place, and it never stays quiet for too long. Sure, I don’t know the half of it, but I’ve … Continue reading

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