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2003 Stories by Rob Patterson

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  • He's Gone Country

    published December 11, 2003

    If the Good Whoever didn't intend Jason Allen to be a country music singer, then the master control for legacies, legends and the fickle finger of... More >>

  • Albert and Gage

    published November 27, 2003

    Some essentials oft missing in today's music, both local and worldwide: grace, finesse, authority and the knowledge that in the final tab it's... More >>

  • Tuba Pooh-Bahs

    published October 30, 2003

    On the one hand, Drums and Tuba are just your average rock power trio, logging 200 or so dates a year on the road. Typically, there's guitar,... More >>

  • Time Trial

    published October 9, 2003

    A snap decision led Ed Hamell to name his act Hamell On Trial. One day, three years ago, he would learn how fateful that moniker would become.... More >>

  • Claire Holley

    published October 9, 2003

    Another female Americana singer-songwriter. Ho-hum, you say? Three years ago, that yawn would have been justified over Claire Holley. Her... More >>

  • John Hiatt and Robert Cray

    published October 9, 2003

    This is a piquant pairing if there ever was one. At their best, Hiatt and Cray concoct music that rests on the edge between suave and rough, and... More >>

  • Remember Shakti

    published September 25, 2003

    Do you remember fusion? Or would you rather not? If you answered in the affirmative to the second question, that's understandable, for rarely has... More >>

  • David Lindley

    published September 25, 2003

    Best known as Jackson Browne's hippie-dippy multi-instrumental foil and later the leader of offbeat party band El Rayo-X, David Lindley is... More >>

  • Ratt Steaks

    published August 21, 2003

    Many of the best bands grow -- at least spiritually so -- out of a common love for a certain style of music. Such is the case with the... More >>

  • Ray Charles

    published August 7, 2003

    Flip Wilson used to do a drag bit back in the '60s where he played Spain's Queen Isabella as an African-American mama. "Columbus is gonna find Ray... More >>

  • Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis

    published July 31, 2003

    The piano may pale in rock and roll popularity next to the electric guitar, but these two pioneers certainly proved long ago that it was an ideal... More >>

  • Texas Decks

    published July 10, 2003

    The cowboy hat may be D:Fuse's trademark, but his music hardly makes you think of Texas. Instead, his creations evoke such locales as New York,... More >>

  • Amy Rigby

    published June 19, 2003

    When the bubbles of jocularity are injected into songwriting, after a few spins the mix can often go as flat as a bottle of champagne left open... More >>

  • Mauled Eagles

    published June 12, 2003

    If one strictly adheres to the tenets of the hipster Bible, a religion almost as narrow and near-fascistic as Bush Republicanism, it is dogma that... More >>

  • The Star Spangles, with the Datsuns

    published May 22, 2003

    There's one thing to remember when surveying the "new rock" movement, especially with regard to a certain overly hyped group from New York City:... More >>

  • Reggae Rugrats

    published May 8, 2003

    For fans of roots reggae with a socially conscious bent, recent years have seen a drought of worthy new music. While Jamaican and... More >>

  • The Austin Curse

    published April 24, 2003

    It's a Texas rock and roll cliché: Young music buffs move to Austin to attend the University of Texas, start a band, graduate (or not) and... More >>

  • Bowling for Bands

    published March 13, 2003

    Bands have always been second-class citizens in the Nashville country music system. Even after the long ride of the recently retired Alabama and... More >>

  • Guit With It

    published January 16, 2003

    The nearly universally held short take on Junior Brown is that he's the guy who fused Jimi Hendrix-style guitar playing with traditional country... More >>

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