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    Flyin' Alone - After a bout of Arrested Development, Dionne Farris' moment has arrived

    Halfway into her debut solo album Wild Seed -- Wild Flower, Dionne Farris follows a bluesy, plucked guitar into a soaringly soulful rendition of the Beatles' "Blackbird" that, in many ways, transforms the chestnut into Farris' personal anthem: "Black...

    by Brad Tyer on February 9, 1995
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    Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Have a Pepsi - Country Joe's still politically correct (sort of)

    Every day toward the end of April 1975, the daily front-page story on the plight of Saigon would mention that a few troops might be sent in until the situation stabilized. I was a junior in high school, 16 months away from being old enough for the dr...

    by Jim Sherman on February 2, 1995
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    The Preacher Returns

    For the (still) far-too-many people unfamiliar with the work of Gil Scott-Heron, the seminal black musician and poet was repackaged last year -- after a 12-year absence from the recording studio -- as the Daddy of Rap. Scott-Heron's late '60s and ear...

    by Jim Sherman on February 2, 1995
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    Eyeballing McCarty - Austin's Kathy McCarty fleshes out the naked emotion of Daniel Johnston's songs

    You may not know her name, but if you've paid any attention to Texas rock and roll over the course of the past ten years, you've probably heard Kathy McCarty's music. Until the band called it quits almost two years ago, McCarty served as singer and s...

    by Brad Tyer on February 2, 1995
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    Pop Moment

    Just in case you're a musician, and you're curious about how to get your name printed in bold type in a column like this in one of our local papers, the Houston Music Council is holding another if its regular meetings, this one dedicated to the topic...

    by Brad Tyer on February 2, 1995
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    Rotation

    Various Artists The Sound of Soul: The Sue Records Story EMI I'm no Dave Marsh. I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of early '60s soul and rock. The Shirelles or whoever didn't change my life by perfectly capturing my wistful teenage ang...

    by Roni Sarig on February 2, 1995
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    Live Shots

    Henry Qualls and Kinny Abair McGonigel's Mucky Duck Thursday, February 2 A "blues" performer usually calls to mind a solo act, most often male and black, playing guitar to illustrate personal stories. That traditional profile lives on in th...

    by Brad Tyer on February 2, 1995
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    Sound Check

    Now that the interminable "holiday season" is officially over, I was hoping to start getting some fresh new CDs in the mail for review, but either the labels are following tradition and releasing next to nothing in January, or the flacks responsible ...

    on January 26, 1995
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    Nice Guy, Nice Songs - From 4-H to Miss Molly, Hadden Sayers keeps aiming for the next plateau

    Hadden Sayers is a nice guy. He calls one day to tell me that the Hadden Sayers Band has recently played a Fort Worth gig opening for Austin semi-guitar-star Chris Duarte. Seems the Star-Telegram had a reviewer at the show who dug his poison pen deep...

    by Brad Tyer on January 26, 1995
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    Madagascar Melody

    Everything else you may or may not know about Tarika aside, novelty factor alone would probably dictate that anyone with even a passing interest in world music (i.e., music that seems exotic to you) make an effort to see this show. Tarika (which more...

    by Brad Tyer on January 26, 1995
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    Pop Moment

    You know it's a slow night at Rockefeller's when those tall doors are opened to local jazz, but in this particular case, both the occasion and the talent are deserving of the spotlight thrown by A Tribute to Arnett Cobb, featuring the performing tale...

    by Brad Tyer on January 26, 1995
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    Talkin' Townes Van Zandt - Despite years of commercial and self neglect, the songs are still coming through

    Troubadour Townes Van Zandt carries the sort of reputation that invites hyperbole, and I'm only one among the many writers who have tripped over their tongues trying to put into words the wholly justifiable esteem with which a small but intensely loy...

    by Brad Tyer on January 19, 1995
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    Pop Moment

    Okay, here's a joke: what does the Deadhead say when he runs out of weed? Wow... this band sucks.... Now that that's out of the way, there's serious business to attend to, like the mending of fences. A couple of weeks back, when I was compiling...

    by Brad Tyer on January 19, 1995
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    Rotation

    The Panic Choir Soul and Luna Bay Leaf Productions You might expect a band with "panic" in its name to have some sort of edgy quality, some end-of-the-millennium angst, some fear and loathing maybe -- some attitude of some stripe, at least ...

    by Brad Tyer on January 19, 1995
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    MegaStoopid

    Way back in the bad old days, when some of us inexplicably thought it might serve us well to gain a theoretical basis for the act of argument, we signed up for high school debate classes, where we learned instead to twirl Bic sticks around our thumbs...

    by Brad Tyer on January 19, 1995
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    Live Shots

    Banana Blender Surprise Wednesday, January 11 The Pig "Live" Send in the Crowns, Banana Blender Surprise's year-old debut CD, was riddled with a sort of goofball hi-jinx and food humor that struck me as indicative of a joke band that might ...

    by Peter Kelly on January 19, 1995
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    Ray Wylie Gets Intense - The self-improved "Redneck Mother" man refines his technique

    There's a lot of hooey these days about old outlaws and rowdy friends settling down, and Johnny Cash has become an elder statesman of MTV. Ray Wylie Hubbard, however, has taken a different tack. He's decided that middle age is the time to become more...

    by Edith Sorenson on January 12, 1995
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    Buddy Ace Moves On

    Buddy Ace's death of a massive heart attack while singing "Time To Move On" at a Waco nightclub early Christmas morning was an eerily coincidental demise for the veteran balladeer, whose career, stage name and image were patterned after another perfo...

    by Jim Sherman on January 12, 1995
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    Blowing His Own Horn

    On the phone from his Manhattan office, jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney sounds dubious about the interview from the start, as if he's been through this a few too many times already and knows well enough that there's no way that what he does for a living...

    by Brad Tyer on January 12, 1995
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    Rotation

    Scarface The Diary Rap-a-Lot Records/Noo Trybe Records You wouldn't know it from reading the local press, but Scarface and the rest of the Geto Boys are Houston's biggest musical export. With his numbers and chart success, you can be damn s...

    by Brad Tyer on January 12, 1995
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