Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes. In 1984, Linda Septien was performing opera in Italy. Inspired, she flew to Nashville to do her own recordings. "You suck," the producer told her. "You have no feeling at all." She put the brakes on and decided ... More >>
Christmas in March. Thanks Elephant 6!Over the weekend, at a loft venue in Brooklyn called The Schoolhouse, Jeff Mangum, the man behind the Elephant 6 record label and the band Neutral Milk Hotel, performed a rare surprise set for about 75 onlookers. At the performance, which can be heard over at ... More >>
In between turkey, dressing and indigestion, take a second today to be thankful for what you have. Then read my tale of Ray Johnston, and be thankful for what you don't have.
Ray Johnston, left, is still good pals with Dallas Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson, center. There's no reason for you to know the name Ray Johnston; he was a former Dallas Maverick, yes, but only a summer-leaguer. He was, not so long ago, just a 25-year-old loan officer with season tickets, as th ... More >>