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Update: On September 21, 2006, I’ll be meeting listeners at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas (3699 McKinney Ave), beginning at 7pm. Join us and send an RSVP to tour@pandora.com with…
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Houston day 2

Continued a very enjoyable stay in Houston. Morning with John Lomax (great nephew of the music historian Alan Lomax), a long time Houston music journalist. His father managed Steve Earl and Townes van Zandt – John was Earl’s youngest roadie (12 yrs old). As with so many folks who’ve been around music, John was full of interesting anectodes and history. Explained how Zydeco was largely supported by the churches – clubs wouldn’t have it because people came to dance, not drink. Most Zydeco bands tour regional parishes, where their shows are actively promoted by the priests, and often include a potluck. Arhoolie, a label in Berkeley is the principal label for these acts.


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Houston Day 1

Began my tutorial in Chopped&Screwed today at the side of Eric ‘BigLove’ – long time Houston rapper, composer, producer and entrepreneur. Eric spent many years alongside DJScrew at the inception of what has become the next big evolution of rap/hiphop. It’s a totally infectious style of music, mashups of the latest rap & hiphop records, or classic R&B sounds, slowed to half speed and mixed with samples, grooves and original parts. It’s hypnotic. I was treated to a realtime screw session in his northside studio with Stink, BigLove’s up and coming protege); including a freestyle duet with Big Tee (the file will make it’s way to this post soon enough) thanks for the shout out you guys). I have to say, I’ve always been blown away by folks who could freestyle. I highly recommend that anyone who hasn’t done so, go check out a freestyle rap show, genius poets at work. Plain and simple.


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Progress

We’ve made a handful of changes tonight at Pandora. Among these are one you can just barely see, and one you can’t see at all. The first is a tiny…
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Denton, TX

For those who don’t know about Denton, its time to find out. It’s a small town about 30 minutes north of Dallas and is home to the nation’s largest, and most distinguished music program – the University of North Texas. Their ‘1-O’clock’ jazz band is world renowned, and truly the gold standard for undergraduate jazz performance.


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Dallas, Part 2

Dallas part 2
Started the afternoon hanging out with Chelsea and Tony – diehard music fans from Crystal Clear – a Dallas distributor. They focus on the local Texas sound – gave me a box full of stuff to check out. Interesting to know that virtually none of the musicians they gave me are making a living at it. Let’s hope we can start building the musician’s middle class.


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