John Prine

*John Prine passed away on April 7, 2020 from complications related to the Covid19 virus at the age of 73. The first time I heard about John Prine was from a buddy of mine in college. We’d just arrived home from a raucous Todd Snider show, blasting Jerry Jeff Walker on the way home. As the key unlocked the navy blue door bellowing the four of us into a standard twenty-something after party, the first thing that caught my eye was a newly unboxed Jimmy Buffett box set. This was back when box sets were a big deal. My buddy

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Quarantine Comfort Courtesy of Diamonds, Gasoline and Rollercoasters

Social media is currently a small, wooden boat carelessly adrift in a sea of fear, anxiety, boredom and general listlessness. It has given rise to creeping paranoia, despair and a flood of mini-polling data that now informs you as to what 10 random things your friends don’t like, which Tiger King character you most identify with and how much certain friends resemble their firstborn child. In the spirit of the times and a disrupted sleep pattern that found me up way too early on a Sunday morning, we tossed out the query “If you could only listen to one album

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Supergroup Panhandling

Supergroups are a difficult task to undertake.  They’re equally challenging to evaluate. The exploit of participating in a supergroup has rarely been done well.  It falls flat more often than not. The exceptions being bands like The Highwaymen, The Highwomen, Traveling Wilburys, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. Often the individual parts are greater than the whole.  Flashes of brilliance streak across the vanity of the project and give glimpses of greatness while never quite ever achieving the overall brilliance that the solo artists had achieved themselves.  That brings us to the most recent supergroup and the first

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Mile 0 Remains Charming on the Third Try

Key West, Florida is the stuff of legend.  Pirates.  Rum.  Hemingway.  Jerry Jeff.  Buffett.  Duval. And for the past three winters it’s been the stuff of Texas/Red Dirt legends.  Jamie Lin Wilson’s transcendence.  Mike and the Moonpies emergence.  Wade Bowen’s genuineness.  Willy Braun’s presence. Cody Canada’s gratitude. And so on. It’s the tale of how two songs connected the entire week.  Willie T’s is one of the more famous local haunts on Duval Street.  For years, travelers and revelers have been hitting up this joint featuring approximately 16 hours of live music a day and the wall décor of George Washington greenbacks. People have been writing messages on the dollars and placing

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Mile 0 2020: What To Know

Mile 0 Fest strolls into its third year of existence and the heaven on earth that many of us discovered in year one has only gotten better.  That first year many of us stumbled into the Keys drunk on romantic notions of Buffett, Hemingway and with no internal compass of what to expect.  Our wildest dreams were surpassed. We were the Lewis and Clark of Canada and Boland. Each of us on that maiden voyage from the organizers to the bands to the attendees broke ground on what could be possible with a festival. Traditions were started. Relationships designed. Memories

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