By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
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By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
"In the days now of a global economy, there is no difference in JSP being in London and recording in Dallas, as Imperial being in L.A. and recording in New Orleans," Stedman says. "The Dallas scene is in fact comparable to New Orleans in the '50s. A jumping scene, really creative--but most of the record companies involved were from out of town."
He continues: "A U.P. Wilson, a Tutu, a Junior Boy, are equal to just about the very best of the classic '50s artists we refer to as 'the greatest.' They may be a little different, or have wider influences, but they will come to be seen as on equal terms with the best of what has gone before."
Chris Douridas, once a familiar voice to area radio listeners who tuned into KERA (90.1 FM) a few years back, can be heard--and seen--again on "Sessions at West 54th," a 26-episode TV show Douridas hosts that premiered on KERA-TV (Channel 13) last July 5. The show, which airs locally Saturday nights at midnight, is an unusually warm and intimate look at a featured artist that mixes brief interviews and performance. Artists who will appear include Taj Mahal, Billy Bragg, Ben Folds Five, and Patti Smith...
Blue Face has a new drummer. Bill Shupp--late of Fletcher--joined up several weeks ago. Shupp will help singer Analisa with harmony vocals. The band has a cut, "Letter," on the new Son of Eat Yer Vegetables from the music business class of Collin County Community College...Brad Thompson and his Undulating Band have a new album, 9,000,000 beats per minute, due out at the end of August...Tickets are on sale now for Euless' Starlight Theater's production of Cole Porter's musical comedy Anything Goes at the Texas Outdoor Amphitheater in beautiful Euless. The show will run two weekends: Friday and Saturday, August 8, 9, 15 and 16; for more information call Anicia at 1-817-685-1649...
Call it the Funland effect, but Austin band Citizen Lane, subject of a recent Observer profile, has broken up or undertaken a reorganization/reshuffling/period of reflection, depending upon whom you ask. Fists flying between band members figure in some accounts. Glad to help!
Call it the anti-Funland effect: Just last week we were reporting on the demise of favorite blues haunt Schooner's, and now we're reporting that Nathan Peck, owner of Nate's seafood restaurant in Addison, has bought the club. Peck is joined in reopening the Lakewood-area watering hole with David Vincent. The two have ambitious plans for the spot--including extensive remodeling and renovation and the addition of a full kitchen. Both men are familiar with the difficulties former owner Dick Isley encountered--and some say brought upon himself--and look forward to refurbishing the club's somewhat tarnished reputation...
A note of explanation
Of course we know how to spell the name of professional colleague Thor Christensen. The extremely Nordic first name fairly telegraphs the less-common spelling of the second, yes? We deliberately misspelled it, because perversity is the oven in which the bran muffins of irony are baked.
It must have been hard, being the token grown-up at The Met, but departing Music-then-Senior Editor Keven McAlester handled it with dignity. His finest moment came when someone at the feisty young weekly had the idea of using its male editorial staff members as models for a fashion layout. A concise--if unintentional--photo-essay on the shared attributes of fashion models and journalists (none, apparently), the spread revealed the faces behind the names, most of which were twisted by vain attempts to look cool. Only McAlester addressed the camera honestly, on his face the same mixture of discomfort and embarrassment that the reader was by then feeling. Such guileless courage should take him far in Los Angeles. Wish him well, then send all of your tips, pointers, recipes, lies, damn lies, and statistics to Matt_Weitz@dallasobserver.com. Ta-ta.