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2000 Stories by Rob Patterson

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  • Masked Avengers

    published December 28, 2000

    It's one of the oldest saws in show business: You gotta have a good gimmick. For Los Straitjackets, the gimmick came about by accident, but it has... More >>

  • Moore Is More

    published December 21, 2000

    Ian Moore lives in the Pacific Northwest now, but he still talks like a Texan, particularly when he shouts, Don't fence me in. "People need... More >>

  • John Prine

    published December 21, 2000

    It's usually not a good sign when an artist rerecords his best material. Generally it's either a blatant cash-in or an indication of creative... More >>

  • Playbill

    published December 21, 2000

    Texans are rightly chauvinistic about many things, especially our music. And if there's one style that's indelibly Texan, it's western swing.... More >>

  • Label Proof

    published December 14, 2000

    The Asylum Street Spankers are incredibly difficult to classify, even for the members of the Austin-based band. The problem, of course, lies with... More >>

  • Keeping Good Company

    published December 7, 2000

    Even though Jack Ingram didn't start playing guitar and writing songs until he hit college, making Texas-style country music is, for him, as... More >>

  • Playbill

    published December 7, 2000

    Although the Iguanas have yet to cut a record that captures the allure of their live performances, this New Orleans-based quintet can, in concert,... More >>

  • Keeping the Faith

    published November 16, 2000

    Look up the word "grateful" in your Webster's, and don't be surprised if you see the smiling cherubic countenance of Don Walser pictured there.... More >>

  • Merle Haggard

    published November 9, 2000

    The rock crit party line on the new Merle Haggard CD goes something like this: As with Johnny Cash when he cut American Recordings with... More >>

  • Middle-Age Angst

    published November 2, 2000

    Webb Wilder is a middle-aged guy in what is increasingly a young 'uns game. At age 46, born in 1954, he is just about as old as rock 'n' roll,... More >>

  • Folk Art

    published October 12, 2000

    Ask Arlo Guthrie, one of the featured artists at the original Woodstock and a man who has been performing in public since age 13, if he ever... More >>

  • Going Public

    published September 21, 2000

    All too often, the inspiration for making an album comes from the marketplace or out of the music itself. It's far rarer, yet usually better, for... More >>

  • Zydeco Kingdom

    published August 31, 2000

    Inside Slim's Y-Ki-Ki one Saturday night during the 1996 Labor Day weekend, the dance floor was packed at the Opelousas, Louisiana, joint. The... More >>

  • Melissa Adams

    published August 24, 2000

    Don't blame Bob Dylan for this CD, or James Taylor or Joni Mitchell. It's not their fault that sometime during the 1960s and 1970s the... More >>

  • Local Rotation

    published August 17, 2000

    Harlem Slim Delta Thug Self-released Prejudice is a dangerous and all-too-common trap for music... More >>

  • Rodney Hayden

    published August 3, 2000

    Rodney Hayden -- In explaining how she eventually started singing the same music as her famous father, Rosanne Cash observed... More >>

  • Spreading Its Roots

    published July 27, 2000

    Through the back door of Austin's Continental Club, Steve Wertheimer hauls four stacked jumbo plastic garbage cans. The club owner loads his... More >>

  • Yee-Haw

    published June 29, 2000

    Finding Charlie Robison about five or six years ago would've been easy. He would have been at Austin's Continental Club, either smoking a... More >>

  • Two-Step Switcheroo

    published June 22, 2000

    Kim Richey is calling from the road, somewhere inside the D.C. Beltway, trying her best to escape the confines of her hotel room, even while on... More >>

  • Rotation

    published June 22, 2000

    Kathy Mattea The Innocent Years Mercury Records It may soil one's alternative-country credentials to... More >>

  • Wide Open Shot

    published June 15, 2000

    Pop culture is littered with archetypal success stories -- Lana Turner turning a producer's head at a Hollywood malt shop, the Beatles sweating... More >>

  • Ska Fathers

    published June 8, 2000

    Most pop music is such a succotash that it's all but impossible to identify the single source of any particular style. But there is one group that... More >>

  • Pass the Salt

    published May 25, 2000

    Veruca Salt, once so full of promise, is down to one original member and trawling for listeners. After scoring acclaim with the 1994 power pop... More >>

  • End the Innocence

    published May 18, 2000

    While Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. was watching the Grammy Awards in 1989, something spooked his mojo. After seeing Don Henley pick up an award... More >>

  • She Sings Hard for the Money

    published May 4, 2000

    Texas is one of the few places where country music can evolve and even prosper outside Nashville's evil influence. For proof positive of the... More >>

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