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    July 18, 2014

    Texas Musicians Remember Johnny Winter

    For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    November 21, 2013

    Denton's New LSA Burger Company Has Big Buns to Fill, and It's Off to a Good Start

    Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Stevie Ray Vaughan walk into a bar owned by Jesus and they all eat a cheeseburger and drink a Velvet Hammer and laugh about stuff. There isn't really a punchline here because this actually happened in Denton last night. Well, sort of. The LSA Burger Company (113 West ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Meet Three People Who Want to Tell You About Dallas' Blues History

    Since Hart Ward penned his classic "Dallas Blues" in 1912, the city has established a proud tradition in the blues genre with its performers, venues and documentarians. Today, Dallas' blues legacy remains in the hands of a smaller number of people than it has in years past. But some, like Wanda King ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Dallas Blues Artists

    The Lone Star State has long produced some of the greatest blues legends to ever pick up a guitar or stand behind a microphone. Legends like Albert Collins from Leona, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins from Centerville and Johnny Winter from Beaumont all have found the blues in Texas. Hell, we even have a Gra ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The 10 Texas Blues Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

    Watching the Devil tune his guitar in the middle of the night isn't how Robert (or Tommy) Johnson imagined he'd be spending his Saturday night. When that ol' demon started playing songs, fire flew from his fingertips as an otherworldly sound reverberated into the night. According to legend, despite ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Jeff Liles Tells Stories From Dallas' Past and Looks to its Bright Creative Future

    There it is. Nestled in South Dallas, rescued by caring souls of our local arts. The beacon that is The Kessler. A majestic Texas juke joint, pampered with TLC and vision that only a handful of true music fans could bring. The Kessler (or rather, "The Kessler X " as our subject refers to it) is o ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    KNON's Don O. Knows The Dallas Blues

    Don O. has been spinning blues records on KNON since 1983, literally about a month after they went on the air. See, he was a listener of the pre-KNON station at that frequency, KCHU, from '75 until they were switched off in '77. Heartbroken at the station's demise and subsequent absence of blues on ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #39-20

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 Best Texas songs, #59-40 The Spotify playlist for songs #39-20 39. Billy Joe Shaver, "Live Forever" "Live Forever" is an emotional experience. The line, "Don't let the darkness take them" is tear-inducing, given that his own son, Eddy, was take ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    The Top Ten North Texas Blues Albums

    See also: The best Texas songs of all time, #100-80 See also: The best Texas songs of all time, #79-60 Alex Moore, Alex Moore Barrelhouse pianist "Whistling" Alex Moore spent all of his life in Dallas, recording for Columbia in 1929, Decca in 1937, and RPM/Kent in 1951. During the '60s blues reviv ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Finally, Freddie King's in Rock Hall of Fame

    98kzew.comKing at KZEW's Armadillo Festival at Fair Park on April 27, 1975​I hear jingle bells: Freddie King's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Per this morning's heads-up from Cleveland, the Gilmer-born guitarist, singer and songwriter is this year's entry in the Early Influence category; damn ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    What Are You Thankful For?

    Sitting around the house waiting for Turkey Day to roll around got me to thinking about all the things I'm thankful for. Of course, I'm lucky to have my family and friends and, these days, I am very thankful to have a job. But musically speaking, the Dallas scene has provided many a band, show and ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: T-Bone Walker (And B.B. King) Play Monterey Jazz Fest

    GregoGet yours today.​Aaron "T-Bone" Walker died 36 years ago, almost to the day; the 7-year-old who lives in my house notified me of this over breakfast Wednesday as he read from the this-day-in-history section of the morning paper. He asked, "Who was T-Bone Walker?" I gave him the short answer: ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Texas Cannonball Takes Over The Zoo in '75

    ​When we took a long, deep hit of Foghat at January Sound Studio back in April, a Friend of Unfair Park was kind to remind: Freddie King also recorded a set there in '75 for KZEW. March 31, 1975, to be exact -- about a year and a half before the Gilmer-born guitar-slinger died of heart failure at ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Friday Morning Music: Do the "Dallas Rag"

    Courtesy SonBrimmer​The jaunty pick-me-up "Dallas Rag" by the Dallas String Band appears on a number of compilations, among them the easy-to-find Texas Black Country Dance Music (1927-1935) and Before the Blues Vol. 2 and the hard-to-get American Pop: An Audio History - From Minstrel To Mojo: On R ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Unfair Park Mixtape Vol.1

    For those of you in need of a Dallas music edumication, every couple of weeks the old fart stinkin' up the Unfair Park offices will scour his dusty collection of 78s and eight-tracks and upload a hopefully not too random collection of songs made by or in Our Fair City. This week's offering, hosted ... More >>

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    August 15, 2007

    Pictures of You (Or Someone You Like?)

    A beautiful duet: multi-Dallas Observer Music Award winner Sarah Jaffe and photographer Hal Samples A few more notes from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ... Throughout the day Hal Samples will be uploading to his store all the photos he snapped at last night's shindig. The proceeds from ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    Take the Music and Run

    In April 1975, Steve Miller Band, Chicago and Santana played a three-night stint at the Beacon Theater in New York City -- and, yes, while that's very clearly what hell must sound like now, well, I'd be remiss in not at least sharing with you a link to a newly surfaced bootleg of the show. After all ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007

    All That Jazz

    Tour music history at the library

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    December 8, 2006
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    December 6, 2006

    Reviewing the Revue, Part Two (With Audio!)

    Hal Samples Bobby Patterson, front and center, holds court with his new best friends (including organizer Don Cento, back row, fourth from left) Saturday night during the Reunion Tower Revue. Pardon for our taking forever to post some more tracks from Saturday night's Reunion Tower Revue at the Son ... 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 >>

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    May 31, 2006
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    May 30, 2006

    Re: "Dallas Rag" and Other Stomps

    A law-practicing Friend of Unfair Park who loves good music and hates expensive bridges shoots us this missive in response to this morning's post about Dallas' musical legacy and the lack of a museum to honor it: "For a view of how to do [a museum right], see the greatest museum of them all. You c ... More >>

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    November 17, 2005

    Walker, Texas Ranger

    From Dallas came the man who first plugged blues into an amp--and into popular culture

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    June 17, 2004

    Odds & Ends

    ACL Music Festival, Chaz's Live and Local Show and an interview with David "Fathead" Newman

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    October 23, 2003
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    September 25, 2003

    Best Blues Club

    Hole in the Wall

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    September 11, 2003

    Real Whirled

    Plus: New Entries in the Dallas Dictionary; Oh, Laura

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    December 13, 2001

    Jools Holland

    Small World Big Band (Warner Music UK)

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    October 18, 2001

    Out & About

    Boz Scaggs

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    November 16, 2000

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

    SRV (Epic Records/Legacy)

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    October 28, 1999

    Rock this town

    Or: Oh,'s another end-of-the-century list

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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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    February 12, 1998

    Spoth the ravin'

    Mark Ridlen continues his sonic adventure

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    March 13, 1997
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    October 17, 1996

    House of David

    Fathead comes home

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    October 3, 1996
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    May 9, 1996

    Fire and fury

    Blues hero Sam Myers is the Rocket in the pocket

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    April 18, 1996

    Winners take mall

    When the readers voted the rock, the Old 97's came away 'big' winners

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    April 4, 1996
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    March 28, 1996

    To be or not to bop

    Texan Jazz unveils the Lone Star contribution to jazz

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    December 21, 1995

    Grading on a curve

    This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?

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    April 27, 1995

    Ghosts in the machine

    When the vinyl jukebox dies, so will a little piece of the music it played

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    January 12, 1995
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    January 12, 1995
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    December 22, 1994

    Scene, not heard

    A few clubs and a few bands do not a "music town" make

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