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    Lone Star State of disgrace - Tributes to Buddy Holly and Willie Nelson are anything but

    Buddy Holly and Willie Nelson could not be more different. Holly was a pop star reared on country, a country boy who craved the big city. Nelson is a country legend influenced by pop, a man more comfortable wrestling in the dirt than dancing on marbl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 4, 1996
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    Who gives a Hootie? - Farewell to 1995, a year in music we'd rather forget

    The rock and roll made in 1995 leaves in its wake a noxious odor (which might be coming from sweaty Blues Traveler John Popper) that will surely hang over 1996 like a black cloud. The bands that will ultimately represent 1995--the superstars and char...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 1995
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    Gimme, gimme truth - Jay Farrar and Dave Grohl don't owe you anything

    It comes in cycles, this "year-in-music" stuff, and 1995 had the misfortune of following one of the most dramatic years in a long time, when such rock monoliths as Pink Floyd, the Eagles, and the Rolling Stones broke box-office records, while a disil...

    by Michael Corcoran on December 28, 1995
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    Indie through the out door

    1. Refried Ectoplasm (Drag City) and Music for the Amorphous Body Study Center (Duophonic, import), Stereolab. A collection of stray singles, revamped tracks, and unreleased treats, Refried Ectoplasm makes a more instant impact than any previous Ster...

    by Arnold Pan on December 28, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Happy blew year A more overrated holiday you won't find, when the whole world becomes one sloppy-drunk frat party. Call me old-fashioned, but if someone's gonna vomit on me, I'd prefer to know them--or at least be sleeping with them. While I...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 1995
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    Deep six: The ungrateful dead

    1. Jerry Garcia. It was fitting that the man who specialized in 15-minute guitar solos would die in his sleep. 2. Selena. The assassination of Tejano's once and future queen transformed Selena into a momentary superstar and the eternal martyr. S...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 1995
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    Grading on a curve - This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?

    Every band is a local band somewhere. So with that in mind, as we look back at 1995 and pat ourselves on the back for making the Toadies gold, launching Deep Blue Something to top-of-the-pops domination, and landing Tripping Daisy on MTV and Reve...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 1995
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    Out There

    The yokel yenta Bad Girls Upset by the Truth Jo Carol Pierce Monkey Hill Records When Jo Carol Pierce and the rest of her Lubbock Mob (Terry Allen, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, etc.) debuted their collaborative "musical" Chippy, about a Depr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 1995
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    Roadshows

    It must be Brave Combo They start arriving in stores in late October, those early Christmas presents better known as the fruitcake of the record industry--Christmas albums, that is, lumps of coal to be played as you and yours trim the tree and gu...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 1995
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    Rhythm and Jews - he modern-day klezmer revival jazzes up the music of tradition

    Did you hear the one about the Jew who played in a bluegrass band? This Jewish musician was proficient at his trade, a banjo player highly respected among his peers, many of whom had grown up in Kentucky and were reared on a steady diet of tradit...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 1995
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    Out Here

    Art for pop's sake Exploring a Diverse Universe Broose Carpe Diem Records When he performs alone, on a stage with nothing but his acoustic guitar to prop him up, Bruce Dickinson (so called "Broose" so there's no confusing him with Iron ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 1995
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    Out There

    On the surface Retrospective Rosanne Cash Columbia Records Rosanne Cash, despite her Nashville-bred instincts, has never been a singles artist: She's got the songs ("I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," "Rosie Strike Back," "Seven Year ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 1995
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    Fifteen nailsin the coffin - Or: Rock and roll isn't dead, it just doesn't smell bad

    Rock and roll exists today only because so many have decided they're going to be rock stars or they're going to make a living as accessories to rock stars. They don't realize the era of the rock star is over. We've seen all the clothes and poses...

    by Michael Corcoran on December 14, 1995
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    Out Here

    All honky, no tonk Stormy John B. Wells Kansa Records Back when Jim Beck ruled Ross Avenue, recording the likes of Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price and Marty Robbins for Uncle Art Satherly at Columbia, Dallas was on its way to becoming the ind...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Paper thin A singer-songwriter better known as the latter but desperate to be famous as the former, John Hiatt stages more comebacks than George Foreman. It happened first in 1987 (Bring the Family, with Nick Lowe and Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner as...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 1995
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    Silver linings - Rainmaker Records gets the credit line it deserves

    Paul Nugent sits across the table eating sushi during a lunch interview he initially was skeptical about attending. Nugent, who's co-owner of the local Rainmaker Records label, was hesitant to show up because he figured he was just being set up,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 1995
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    Can he get an 'amen?' - Al Green returns with his first all-secular album since 1977

    With rare exceptions, Al Green has not stepped onto a concert stage since 1979. Sixteen years ago, during a concert in Cincinnati, he fell 12 feet off a stage and barely missed being seriously injured. Already a disciple of the Lord, preaching in fro...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 1995
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    Whose Young Turks? - Little Jack recruits some new blood and resurrects the ghost of e.e. cummings

    The man known as Little Jack Melody is flattered by the nice mention in a recent issue of New York magazine, a write-up promoting several shows in Manhattan; the writer referred to the band as "one of the lovelier pop combos in the land...also one of...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    Out Here

    Ripping Daisy There The Big Train Independent release The boys in Big Train sent out a resume with the CD, complete with a list of influences that are no doubt meant to fill in the huge blanks left by the music: Frank Zappa, Jesus Lizar...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    Who's next - Green Day's Billie Joe hopes he gets old before he dies

    "I'm a firm believer that at least half of the population is mentally retarded, and I think I'm being kind of nice to tell you the truth. That's from a personal perspective. I've seen a lot of morons." At the moment, Green Day's lead singer and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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