Big Jamboree

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    August 18, 2011

    Legacy's Releasing Three "Unreleased" Johnny Cash Songs Recorded in Dallas. Unreleased?

    Johnny Cash at the Big "D" Jamboree in the mid-'50s​A good Friend of Unfair Park who knows of my fondness for Johnny Cash and the old Big "D" Jamboree -- and those magical moments when they meet on a piece of paper -- was kind enough to send along this Columbia/Legacy press release issued yesterda ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Since You'll Probably Never Get to Go Inside 508 Park Ave., David Dennard Tours It For You

    Photos courtesy David DennardThe makeshift studio in which Robert Johnson, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the Light Crust Doughboys, among others, recorded in the mid-1930s​It would seem 508 Park Avenue's been heavy on my mind of late, even more than usual, what with Robert Johnson's just-pa ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Quietly, Elvis Presley's December 1976 Concert at Memorial Auditorium Was Officially Released

    ​The boots got the boot last week, and my apologies to those Friends of Unfair Park who wrote in wondering what the what. (Out-of-town family obligations, if you must know.) I had intended to make up for that slight with a certain high-quality recording of some renown: Elvis Presley at Memorial Au ... More >>

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    December 18, 2007

    Cash and Carry a Sportatorium Memento

    So, the deadline's came and went yesterday, without a single soul bidding on Johnny Cash's signed contract to play the Big "D" Jamboree at the Sportatorium on April 19, 1956 -- for the whopping sum of $175. The Austin-based collector trying to part with the contract, which bears the signatures of bo ... More >>

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    June 1, 2006

    Groovy, Far Out and Monkee Business

    Hey, hey, it's Mike Nesmith--the Thomas Jefferson High School alum who was more than a mere Monkee. What's that smell coming from today's offerings? Incense, most likely--something, anything, to mask the musk engulfing the late 1960s punk-pop-a-roll coming outta Big D waaaay back when. It's a crazy ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    The Late, Great

    Ronnie Dawson proved there are indeed second acts in rock and roll

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    February 24, 2000


    Leavin' on a jet plane; Crummy teachers; Learning experience

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    September 9, 1999
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    July 29, 1999

    He's about a mover

    Doug Sahm may spend his summers in Canada, but he's still a Texas tornado

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    August 13, 1998

    Fake the money and run

    Steve Miller learned everything he knows about music while living in Dallas--but has he forgotten it all?

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    April 30, 1998
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    April 23, 1998

    Everything old

    Rockabilly queen Kim Lenz moves ahead by looking backward

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    November 6, 1997

    Whupass U.

    Probing the mysteries of the monkey flip, the clothesline, and the pile driver at Black Bart's pro-fesh-nul wrestling academy

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    September 4, 1997

    To every season

    The times they are a-changin' at the Sons of Hermann

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    August 14, 1997

    Lilith of the valley

    Gal-lapalooza sports the best outdoor vibe so far

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    July 31, 1997

    A dream deferred

    Gene Summers hasn't had to work a day job since 1958, but it took him more than 30 years to get back to the music he loved

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    May 15, 1997

    Rapper's delight

    Erotic D looks Beyond 2000

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    April 17, 1997

    All a-flutter

    Another local songwriter has a cut on a major-label release

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    February 8, 1996

    The art of implication

    Vince Bell's been dead once, and he's got the record to prove it

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    January 4, 1996

    The Dr. is out

    Dre and Snoop Dogg, the boys who cried wolf, cancel yet another Dallas show

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    December 14, 1995
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    November 9, 1995

    King Curtis

    A rockabilly hero is revered abroad, ignored at home

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    July 20, 1995
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    April 6, 1995

    Good rockin' last night

    Dallas' forgotten Star Talent Records label got there before Sun's rise

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    November 3, 1994

    End of an era

    After seven years and hundreds of thousands of miles, Killbilly calls it quits