Memphis. I love it and I hate it,” said our driver as he took us into a part of town tourists never see. Three years ago at Folk Alliance we signed up for the outreach program to play a set at wherever they wanted us to – a school, old folks home, hospital, whatever. We played at a homeless veterans’ shelter. These guys weren’t sure what to think of us, two white cowboy looking dudes. But I guess attendance was mandatory to listen to us. Let’s say they did not appea
Esteban Jordan passed away last week from liver cancer. There was nobody like him. I first heard Steve Jordan on Horizontes on KUT back in the early 1980s. They played “El Kranke” – a long repetitious tune that likely had it’s own specific dance steps. It wasn’t like anything I’d heard so I started listening to more. I bought albums. Some stuff was a little out there, likely fueled by El Polvito. Here’s a nice NPR piece on Esteban, done abo
How do YOU like to be updated and contacted? They say to contact your fans and biz people in the same way you yourself like to be contacted, but everyone is different. Personally I don’t mind a semi-regular email in my inbox (which, like yours I’m sure, is overflowing with stuff you have to wade through to choose what you want to read and what to discard). It’s easy enough to hit delete on a band update email that I don’t want to read this time but maybe next time I w
Often start-up companies in the tech industry will roll out services labeled as “beta” for potential users (future customers) to try, give feedback, troubleshoot and generally refine prior to full deployment, whether that service in its non-beta form is still free, paid or ad-supported. There is nothing wrong with this of course but people need to be aware of the pitfalls that may loom on down the road: The service may disappear – possibly taking all your data with it The serv
t was one of those magical moments that leaves you awestruck over the magnitude and simplicity of life here on earth, in the wilds of West Texas. I was taking the dogs out for their nightly pee before turning in. It’s yet another one of those crystal clear, but a rare perfectly still, night here in the Davis Mountains. The sliver of moon has long passed below the horizon and the stars are so bright and close it’s like each one is shining directly down on you. Both dogs give a f
If you are a radio programmer, station manager, DJ, whatever, and would like the Border Blasters to do a radio promo spot for your station or show just drop us a line via email and let us know what you would like us to say. We (or I) will send you a spot right away, probably just voice but you can add a music back easy enough.
Cities are easy. Easy to get what you need – food, hardware, movies, whatever. Not so easy to get around in though. But it’s comfortable. We stay in a nice house in a nice quiet neighborhood. There are great people to meet and enjoy here. Places to play, things to see and do. But home on the ranch is just more interesting. The birds, the animals – good and bad, the plants, the “stuff” we have to do just to live there, like making sure we have water in
It’s one of those overly beautiful nights here in the Davis Mountains. Cool breezes blowing around, in the screen door on the bedroom balcony (why did I wait so many years before putting one on?!), ringing the big wind chimes in the garden. Puffy clouds floating low over the mountains illuminated by the full moon above. Earlier this evening I just sat on the front steps with an after dinner cup of coffee and watched it get dark. I heard an animal noise I’ve not heard before d
In Austin for SWRFA. At Threadgill’s this evening for the kick-off gathering. George Ensle told me that Keith Carper passed away last night. Multiple health problems I gathered. Man, another one gone. Keith was the bassist on our CD “Blast From The Past” and he played with many great musicians, notably Tish Hinojosa for years. His discography was extensive and prestigious. We were lucky he liked playing with us and to have him on the CD. Listen to his bass breaks
I put up a Facebook page this morning as a rallying place for people, such as myself, who are concerned with KUT cutting the schedules of Larry Monroe and Paul Ray back to almost nothing. As I was doing so I reflected on what KUT has meant to me, how important it has been to me throughout my life. KUT played a major role in my development as a human being, for better or worse (I’d like to think for the better). I’m not positive but I think KUT might have been the only FM station in
[I received this from Cleve and Mary Hattersley of Greezy Wheels, via Gary Oliver. Don’t let Austin erode any further!] ===== From: Cleve Hattersley Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 8:48:59 AM Subject: Urgent – Help Save Austin’s Community Public Radio! Urgent! Howdy Friends, Fans, Students, Teachers, Associates and Concerned Community Members, I’m blind copying everyone, so that privacy can be maintained (for the moment), but trust that this is going out to EVERYONE I kn
Alex and I are making good progress adding the various modules and components to the new Border Blasters World HQ. Please bear with us as some parts are not implemented or not completely functional. But please do explore the site and let us know what you think. Be sure to sign up at the FanZone for exclusive, unreleased MP3s.
I’m really excited about the new web site. Many thanks to Alex for all his good work on this. I’ve been wanting to write in my blog lately. Of course now that it’s online I don’t have anything to say. Looking forward to Kerrville Folk Festival next weekend!
Okay, I’m liking this Drupal thing so far as a content management system. Now I just need to learn the basics of the design part of it to make it look right. Any suggestions?
I first saw the inside of a real radio station when I was a teenager – I guess I was 13 or 14, late 60’s or early 70’s. A friend of my mom’s lived just outside of Austin near Buda (at that time it was outside of Austin) and R. Miller Hicks had just constructed the tower and studio next door for what might have been the first commercial FM station in Austin: KRMH-FM, (aka: “Karma-FM” – a lot of folks thought the call letters were for the hippy rock music being played but