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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

    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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    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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    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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    Esquivel takes another swing

    "Every time Mr. Sinatra was performing in Vegas, he would come to see me. He always came to the shows with a movie star like Dean Martin or Sammy Davis, Jr. I knew when he was there because he would hand the waitress a note to give me, and he would w...

    by David Dixon on December 7, 1995
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    Austin's real lounge lizards - Down south, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

    Though T-shirts and joints of cheap Mexican pot still typify the Austin music-scene ambience, dinner jackets and expensive cigars are the style at Cedar Street, a downtown jazz bar that boasts a long line of patrons awaiting admission every weekend, ...

    by Rob Patterson on December 7, 1995
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    Roadshows

    The Devil's advocate Speaking to the Observer a year ago to promote the release of his two-CD retrospective Seducing Down the Door, John Cale was as eloquent and dizzying as his music--alternately poetic and blunt, approachable but only from a di...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    Out There

    Brought the noise Def Jam Music 10th Year Anniversary Various artists Def Jam If hip-hop has becomes its own worst enemy, reduced to self-parody by money-hungry hacks toting plastic pistols, here's a reminder of a time when the music co...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    There's a tear in his beer - Carrol Collyer struggles to pay the tab at Naomi's Lounge

    For more than three years, Naomi's Lounge on Canton has been the focal point for the local "Honky-Tonk Underground" movement that has spawned the likes of Cowboys and Indians, The Old 97's, Liberty Valance, The Cartwrights, Lone Star Trio, Tex Edward...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Out Here

    Notes from the underground Independence Makes Distribution Difficult Various artists Buzzmonger This compilation from Buzzmonger is the musical equivalent of the 'zine that spawned it--loud, wacky, abrasive, abusive, as worthless as it ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Let it be? Never - The Beatles' Anthology is the first chapter you've never heard

    "Anything that we didn't record, we erased or got rid of, so there isn't that much outtakes...A lot of it is just alternate takes that we turned down, and they're bringing them back and calling them interesting takes. They're actually the takes we re...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Out There

    Lots of cash and free time P P Capitol Records Johnny Depp needs Gibby Haynes for the credibility, the kind every actor-turned-rocker needs to be taken seriously; and Gibby Haynes needs Johnny Depp for the high-profile visibility, the k...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Blowing down the walls - Joshua Redman is a young lion primed to become a jazz king

    In the eternal debate between nature and nurture, saxophonist Joshua Redman might cause adherents from both sides of the argument to scratch their heads in wonder. On the one hand, he's the son of free-jazz saxophone legend and Fort Worth native...

    by Rob Patterson on November 30, 1995
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