Before I sat down to write about John Currence's new cookbook -- Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey -- I surveyed my brown liquor shelf and found just the right courage: a bottle of Willett Rye with one good pump left in it.
"I'm from Texas and will always be from Texas, and if I ever break even, I'm moving back. It's a wonderful place to be from. There's a lot of history there and a lot of stuff that you know about and nobody else knows about."
If you are scratching your head and asking 'Who the hell is Tim Blake Nelson?', the long answer is you already know his work and the short answer is: He's the guy in O Brother Where Art Thou? who isn't George Clooney or John Turturro.
If the twenty-something woman strumming an acoustic guitar on the corner of 4th and Congress was singing for her supper Thursday, she undoubtedly went home hungry that night. Folks, welcome to Austin, Texas, Live Music Capital of the World.
As a cub reporter for the trade magazine Record World, I got to cover one of the most thrilling music-related events of that spring -- Elvis's press conference at Madison Square Garden on June 9th, just before his first-ever New York performances.
Shannon McNally could be like one of those characters in Treme, the critically acclaimed HBO series about New Orleans musicians surviving in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She already knows the part by heart.
Chick Corea's new album, Forever, is a two-disc set, with the first disc being acoustic, and the second disc with a full band and guests. For the first disc, I asked him if it was a return to Return To Forever.