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3 Texas Artists That Should Be On Your iPod

By Bob on June 28, 2012 4:08 AM | Read More

It's often said that Texas isn't a state...it's a state of mind. Yeah, it's a cliché, but it's also true. What other place has such diverse musical tastes that it celebrates blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughn and Broadway's Betty Lynn Buckley?

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Add These Three to Your Playlist

By Bob on February 9, 2012 4:17 AM | Read More

What do Goat Rodeo, Purple Melon and Sinatra-standard-bearer Michael Feinstein have in common? They're great. They're new. And they're on my playlist. Here's the 411.

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CTI Records Re-Releases

By Bob on February 21, 2011 4:07 AM | Read More

Sony Masterworks Jazz is celebrating the 40th anniversary of CTI Records, the beloved jazz label founded in 1970 by producer Creed Taylor by re-releasing six classic albums -- White Rabbit by George Benson, All Blues by Ron Carter (first time on CD in the U.S.), Prelude by Deodato, Pure Desmond by Paul Desmond, Concierto by Jim Hall, and Milt Jackson's Sunflower. The reissues are packaged in eco-friendly softpack sleeves that replicate the original gatefold LP design and their iconic covers most with photos by Pete Turner.

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"Sweet William EP" by Johnny Flynn

By Cole on December 1, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Last year on his debut album, Johnny Flynn's jaunty folk-ballads honored his countrymen in lyrical breaths of Yeats or Wordsworth, but on his new release, the Sweet William EP, the British songsmith embodies a different literary tradition: the unfinished novel. 

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"Don't Throw Me Away" by The Mumlers

By Cole on November 12, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Two weeks ago at Hailey's in Denton, Texas, it wasn't clear if the audience gathered for The Mumlers was curious about the San Jose band, or just politely waiting for the headliners. 

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Sunset / Sunrise by The Dutchess and the Duke

By Cole on October 21, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

"Literal" may not be the first adjective to spring up when listening to folk-rock duo The Dutchess and the Duke's new album Sunset / Sunrise.

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Diana Krall - Quiet Nights

By Bob on October 3, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Diana Krall has a voice that's the perfect pairing with a good glass of cabernet and a rainy night.  No, this isn't rock and roll, but you'll like it - assuming you like sophisticated ballads and bossa nova rhythms.

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The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies

By Bob on May 11, 2009 9:00 AM | Read More

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I don't know what I was listening to in 1971 but, Ray Davies and The Kink's "Muswell Hillbillies" blew right by me. 

 

Charlotte discovered it thanks to Cole, our vinyl-loving son (record vinyl, nothing KINKY) and it's become a permanent fixture in her car CD player. 

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Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers

By Bob on April 13, 2009 3:17 PM | Read More

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If you haven't discovered Kathleen Edwards by now, you're in for a treat.  This Canadian songstress is possibly the best singer-songwriter to come out of Canada since Leonard Cohen walked out of Quebec. 

 

 

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The Very Best of Dwight Yoakum

By Bob on March 25, 2009 11:02 AM | Read More

I've been a fan of the evil incarnation of Buck Owens for quite some time.  Why? 

Dwight Dwight Yoakum-Boom-Town.jpgYoakum channels Buck better than Buck ever channeled Buck.  He gets the twang just right and his crossover country licks never sounded better.  That's why, "The Very Best of Dwight Yoakum," is as the title promises, the very BEST.

 

Originally released in '04, this gem contains 20 tracks that cover everything from his breakout hit "Guitars, Cadillacs," to "Things Change" and the "Late Great Golden State".  Each one's an audio delight that should be required listening for any road trip of 100 miles or more. 

 

Buck invented the Bakersfield sound, "I've got a tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiger by the tail," but Dwight's been polishing that diamond to a sparkling brilliance for the past 25 years.  This isn't music you'll have to apologize for if you loan the Escalade to your kids and it comes BLASTING out of the speakers.  Dwight's all right and his Very Best is all good. 

 

The Very Best of Dwight Yoakum  ***** Highest rating

 

Road Readiness ***** 

A must have for any road trip

 

Got that Twang Thang ***** 

You've know Buck Owens, right?  Ditto, Dwight.

 

Embarrass the Kids? * 

No way.   If they balk, tell 'em Dwight was the "mean guy" in Sling Blade and then watch that movie with them.  If that doesn't convince them Dwight's a genuine badass, nothing will.

 

Wish List Worthy *****  

If it's not on your Amazon.com Wish List it should only be because you already have it in your collection.

 

Where Can I Get This Gem?

You can get the entire MP3 album for $10.99 at www.amazon.com.  If you like your music on CD it'll set you back $13.99 plus shipping. 

 

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.

Tips:

If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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