By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Road rage all over
Well, it is obvious for all to see that Ron Kirk, John Ware, and Don Hicks are all about big business and not representing their constituents. I live in North Dallas and I am a political activist, but I have never read the legal notices to determine upcoming issues ["Road rage," April 15].
The proof is in the pudding. The city deliberately set about burying this project. Ms. [Tommie] Allen is talking about the terrible state of the streets in her neighborhood. Well, we have the same problem in North Dallas. Preston Road is a disgrace.
It is time for the big shots with the big heads to start providing services and putting money into Dallas' infrastructure instead of all of these projects like the arena, Trinity River, and the Olympics, which will not benefit 99 percent of Dallas citizens.
These public-private partnerships have become private code words for ripping off Dallas citizens who pay their taxes and don't get rebates.
An old yeehaw speaks
To Vanessa Collins' letter in the April 29 Dallas Observer: Vanessa, bluegrass only appeals to "old yeehaws who won't let it die?" You're half right, oh half-baked one! Bluegrass is not about to die, and if you enjoy the GlitterChix, then by God, you love their bluegrass roots. Enjoy the Beatles? Nirvana? Grateful Dead? Well then, missy, you sure as hell love bluegrass. When you mature a little more musically and reread your letter, you'll understand. I hope.
As for Robert Wilonsky ["What's not to like?" April 15], what's with the crack about nobody giving a damn about Bill Monroe or Patsy Montana? Patsy? Well, maaaaybe. I know you understand and revere Bill Monroe's influence on music and I know you're just being a wise-ass. Since you do it with charm, all is forgiven. I agree the Dixie Chicks are a little over the top these days, but if you can get the Erwin girls to kick off those skanky stilettos and pick for a while on your back porch, I'll bet Mr. Monroe up in the high lonesome will be smiling.
You are somebody
Everyone at Hash Brown's Hole in the Wall jam last night got a kick out of your reviewer's description of us as being rotten musicians [Dallas Observer Music Awards, April 29]. But if I may interject something without being didactic or facetious, Hash doesn't suffer Stevie clones or Lynyrd Skynyrd wannabes lightly. Most of us "woodshed" like hell on nights we don't jam, and the jams offer us "blues wannabes" a chance to try out our chops and learn from one of the most patient and easygoing, not to mention kick-ass, guitar players around! We have to start somewhere, and Brown, Terry, and Bobby offer us wannabes that opportunity.
There is a saying around the metroplex that you are nobody until the Observer's "music critics" slam you. I guess this means we have arrived! To Mr. Wilonsky: Deep Ellum is a clone of Austin's 6th Street, and I pity you if you think blues and swing are one and the same. How ironic that Blind Lemon Jefferson graces the cover and feature.
You guys at the Observer continue to bash the excellence of Brian "Hash Brown" Calway. You don't publish the award for best blues band then bash him. This man has made so many contributions to the Dallas blues scene. Who cares if he is from up North? That has nothing to do with playing the blues.
He's contributed to the talent of so many young blues artists, including Shawn Pittman, Johnny Moeller, Paul Size, and Holland K. Smith. Without Hash, I don't think these guys would have had a chance to play in Dallas. Try breaking into the scene in Austin. He has also contributed to my learning of blues guitar.
As far as the talent at his blues jams, many blues enthusiasts would pay big bucks to see weekly performances by Sam Meyers or other musicians. Robert Wilonsky needs to realize the impact this man is having on many musicians' lives and careers.
In last week's Dallas Observer, Christine Biederman's story "Vapor wars" contained three errors. The story should have said that Tom Porter--not Todd--is a shareholder in the computer game company ION Storm. The correct title of an earlier ION game is Dominion: Storm over Gift 3--not Gift 2. The game G-Nome is a first-person shooting game, not a real-time strategy game. We apologize for the errors.