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Douglas McDaniel
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Cody Jinks: master of country music doom
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decade ago Cody Jinx experienced trial by fire fronting a thrash metal
band called Unchecked Aggression. He has the tattoos and the Wild West
beard to prove it. But after the Dallas-Fort Worth area band broke up
during a tour to Los Angeles, he decide...

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Asleep at the Wheel keeps it rolling along Route 66 for Museum Club show
Talk about one of the great band names in music history, Asleep at the Wheel is a national institution. The country music group from Paw Paw, West Virginia has been in perpetual motion since 1970, right as country rock was taking off for the Eagles, the Fly...

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Asleep at the Wheel keeps it rolling along Route 66 for Museum Club show
Talk about one of the great band names in music history, Asleep at the Wheel is a national institution. The country music group from Paw Paw, West Virginia has been in perpetual motion since 1970, right as country rock was taking off for the Eagles, the Fly...

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Fight for the Future: Seun Kuti of Egypt finds the sweet spot for reinventing the liberal revolution during the Trump era
T alk about being at the wrong place at the right time. Just as the crumbling vibe of liberal democracy was revealing itself the week after the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, Seun Kuti, the youngest song of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti,...

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And now for a few notes from an eastbound train ...
K ansas City, the color of barbecue sauce, as the red lights of the tall buildings indicate at 7:30 a.m. as I step off the train after more than 24 hours after Flagstaff, Arizona, on the Southwest Chief. Why write this? All of the keeping track. Over the ye...

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James McMurtry casts a literary eye on life on the road
T o listen to a song by James McMurtry is to follow a miniature novel. It's the way he looks at people. They pass through his life and he constructs a narrative based on a bit of speech, a street-tough setting, and with an hornery, razor-sharp wit he brings...

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David Bromberg resurfaces after two decades to sound better than ever, now has new album
I f a star quarterback returns after retiring over twenty years ago, there aren't many who would bet on his success. If a world champion prize fighter took to the ring again after two decades, better have the ambulance ready. If Jesus came back from the dea...

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Tequila Sunrise, NAU homecoming morning, Flagstaff, Arizona: an anthropological study of youth
T oday is Tequila Sunrise in Flagstaff, Arizona, when the downtown bars open at 6 a.m. for homecoming. My first sight, when I walked out my door at 7:26 a.m., as I took in the bright yellow fall colors of the morning sunlight, was a kid at the frat house ac...
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