Monthly Archives: December 2008

Tears In My Eyes, Dirt In My Face

You’ve already put big ol’ tears in my eyes, must you throw dirt in my face?” begins Ira and Charlie Louvin.  The record kicks off with a shimmering electric chord rather than Ira’s trademark mandolin tremolo. He had virtually given … Continue reading

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If We Make It Through December

Merle Haggard: Folk singer. Words change, and like it or not folk music has taken on a terribleness that’s impossible to deny. As a folk music dj I find myself over explaining what kind of music it is I play. … Continue reading

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After Hours

After hours. The words have a wonderful ring to my ears. Overstuffed red and black leather, drinks that go clink, blinking neon, the stuff closing times are made of. A good lounge is like a good song, neither bound by … Continue reading

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Traces of Blue Eyes

I was listening to a CD of Gram Parsons cover songs by a band out of California called Laughing Gravy and while they ain’t as pretty as Gram to look at, they sound mighty fine. Dave Zirbel is an absolute … Continue reading

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The Bottle Let Me Down

Most of us are content to simply remember the past. Some of us are trying to forget it entirely. Merle Haggard and his music, however, seem at times to still live in it. If Merle runs from anything , it … Continue reading

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The House Family Wassail Recipe

Piping hot wassail on the last Saturday before Christmas served to a motley crew commonly known as the House Clan. A treasured recipe passed on through the generations, more by doing than telling, but here at last it comes to … Continue reading

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There’s A Tear In My Beer

After I had been gone from Maryland for a number of years I was back visiting my family with my then girlfriend and now wife. My brother and sister-in-law had taken us to a bar in Shepardstown, West Virginia were … Continue reading

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