Monthly Archives: December 2010

What I Learned in 2010: A Real Mr. Heartache Year End Review

As 2010 ends and 2011 begins The Real Mr. Heartache reflects back on the year. After a meeting with the board of directors ( what a bunch of a-holes) it has been determined that to grow readership of the blog … Continue reading

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The End of the World: Skeeter Davis

Mary Francis Penick, better known to the hillbillies amongst us as Skeeter Davis, was born in Kentucky today in 1931. It was early August, 1953, and an upstart country duo called the Davis Sisters, Skeeter and Betty Jack, had just … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tradition; Well, It Should Be

Frederick, Maryland’s first citizen, Joe Bussard, is back with his annual Christmas show, courtesy of Atlanta’s WREK, and Dust-to-Digital Records. If you don’t know who Joe is, and you’re not willing to find out, you’re kind of a wanker and … Continue reading

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When You’re Done Doing That There What You’re Doing

What are you doing? Eating and drinking? Winterizing your windows? Yelling at your spouse? Considering it? Complaining about the True Grit remake? Making love? Considering it? Boring. Seriously, all that stuff: boring. Stop all that. It’s not helping, you know? … Continue reading

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The Best Albums of 2010; or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned To Pick 10 Albums

Herein is a narrow list of similarly sounding and themed Americana recordings released in 2010, listed alphabetically, which I’ve played often over the KBCS airwaves. I like them. They are well written and well played albums worthy of hard earned … Continue reading

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Has Anybody Seen Me Lately? The True Story of What Happened to Outskirts’ Host Iaan Hughes

In the last couple of weeks all six of you, the faithful, have noticed my absence on the KBCS afternoon airwaves. It is true, my last live show of The Outskirts was broadcast on November 11th, 2010. So, here’s what … Continue reading

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A Blue Christmas, Part One: If Only In My Dreams

It’s been 17 years since I spent a Christmas at my Maryland childhood home. I still have the red-checked flannel shirt I received that year. It’s survived a brutal car wreck, high desert heat, and northwest rain, girlfriends who liked … Continue reading

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