Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Best Albums of 2009

Herein is a narrow list of similarly sounding and themed Americana recordings released in 2009 which I’ve played often over the KBCS airwaves and the podcast. I like them. They are well written and well played albums worthy of … Continue reading

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One’s On The Way

“Her secret is her honesty. Her strength is in her womanhood. Her pride is in her working-class background.” -Mary A Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann, on Loretta Lynn, excerpted from “Finding Her Voice – Women In Country Music“ Country music … Continue reading

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Vic Chesnutt

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain As of this writing I don’t actually know if the rumors of Vic Chesnutt’s death are true or not. I suppose this will be a mystery soon solved. The holidays … Continue reading

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The Real Little Mr. Heartbreak

Born December 11th, 2009 at 9lbs, 12oz.

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Bakersfield and that Sound – Part 3: The Dustbowl

Leaving the Dust Bowl Our house poked between the sand dunes like a half-buried shrimp boat. Sand leaned against the tops of fences. We turned our plates on the dinner table upside down and covered the baby’s crib with a … Continue reading

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Kountry Kliches, Part Two

How many folk songs begin with some variation of the phrase “Here’s my story, I’ll tell it to you true?” It’s as old as a wandering bard and a set-up for every tall tale, fable, and mischievous yarn spun. There’s … Continue reading

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