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1997 Stories by Rick Koster

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  • Rory in the sky

    published November 27, 1997

    "Are your Irish friends coming to dinner?" My mother, stuffing a turkey on a rain-drenched Thanksgiving day in 1976, was wondering if I was... More >>

  • Goin' through them changes

    published October 9, 1997

    Ordinarily the idea of being privy to a rock legend's private home recordings is intriguing, but when that legend is Buddy Miles--singer,... More >>

  • Unlikely hybrid

    published October 2, 1997

    Liquor and country music are as connected as Siamese twins. Sure, George Jones is sober now, but his hallowed liver--crusted in a bell jar in a... More >>

  • Rave new world

    published August 28, 1997

    History abounds with the sort of mythical real estate that inspires song: Oz, Atlantis, heaven and hell, even Atlantic City. Unto each has been... More >>

  • Out Here

    published August 21, 1997

    Gone so long Didja Miss Me John Nitzinger ITR Records It's always been a mystery to me why John Nitzinger wasn't as big as... More >>

  • Extrapolating rhythm and blues

    published August 14, 1997

    When she's not on the road, Marcia Ball--the white-chick R&B pianist with Tina Turner's legs and Professor Longhair's fingers--divides her time... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published July 17, 1997

    Border crossing Literature has always been a prime source of inspiration for musicians, although--like films made from novels--the results... More >>

  • Life is a carnival

    published July 10, 1997

    Citizen Lane may well slay audiences with their three-ring-circus approach to music and performance--incorporating ska, white-boy funk, salsa,... More >>

  • Mouths to feed

    published June 26, 1997

    That a solo, acoustic singer-songwriter will open Friday night's Cowboy Mouth/Sister Hazel concert at Trees is a bit incongruous. After all, The... More >>

  • Out Here

    published June 26, 1997

    Like a fox Shelley Carrol with Members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra Shelley Carrol Marchel Ivery Meets Joey DeFrancesco ... More >>

  • Out There

    published June 19, 1997

    To tell the truth Sound of Lies The Jayhawks American Recordings Their performance at South by Southwest put to rest any... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published June 12, 1997

    Dream team In an age of commercialization, wherein big shots such as U2 undergo Lon Chaney-into-Wolfman transformations in calculated... More >>

  • Horn of plenty

    published June 5, 1997

    What with Radish, Quindon Tarver, and LeAnn Rimes clogging the arteries of the music press these days, it's often overlooked that North Texas'... More >>

  • Out Here

    published May 22, 1997

    Eat or be eaten Picnic Robert Earl Keen Arista Austin Records It's always an iffy proposition when a much-loved indie cult... More >>

  • Young Country repellent

    published May 8, 1997

    Rodney Crowell is one of those guys who was probably never meant to be a Nashville high-roller in the first place. Sure, he's penned huge hits for... More >>

  • The 1997 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    published May 1, 1997

    I wandered around the Dallas music scene lonely as a freelance cloud, the Dallas Observer Music Awards were about as interesting to me as a... More >>

  • Out Here

    published April 17, 1997

    Service with a smile Satellitely Quickserv Johnny Rainmaker Records Quickserv Johnny, to paraphrase the Tom Hanks character... More >>

  • Lip service

    published April 17, 1997

    For much of the '90s, rock 'n' roll scenesters--from Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson to Alex Chilton and Peter Buck--have moved to New Orleans,... More >>

  • Lunar eclipse

    published April 3, 1997

    The Moon Festival churns out an impressive brand of vintage pop music, but, apparently, they can't dance. At least not the delicately timed ballet... More >>

  • Pop mart

    published March 20, 1997

    If you live in Austin, it's easy to grow weary of that town's annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference: Downtown becomes impassable,... More >>

  • Out Here

    published March 13, 1997

    Hit and mess Come And Get It -- A Tribute To Badfinger Various Artists Copper Records Do Me Baby! Austin Does Prince ... More >>

  • The Will Rogers of shred

    published February 13, 1997

    The concept of the Guitar Hero has left a bad taste in the mouths of critics and music fans ever since punk stressed feeling over technique.... More >>

  • Ain't life pop?

    published January 30, 1997

    Tim Locke, felled by the season's latest and nearly ubiquitous strain of flu, still manages to sound excited through the coughing and sniffling.... More >>

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