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05 May 14 Ordinary Elephant: Dusty Words and Cardboard Boxes

CD Review
Ordinary Elephant: Dusty Words and Cardboard Boxes
Pete Damore and Crystal Hariu-Damore, released August 2013

Bill Aspinwall

Magic comes in all sizes. It’s not always obvious, but if you’re paying attention, like saints and poets and the IRS, one can learn to pick up on the traces of pleasure signals, the joy twitch of the limbic and the call of wild bliss that can round off… Continue reading

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10 Feb 12 Josh Grider – Live at Billy Bob’s

Checking out the website for Josh Grider, you find that he loves writing songs and he loves playing for people. This was evident as he was tapped the first winner of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Recording Contest. He beat out 41 other contestants. Given the quality of the talent participating in the event, one can appreciate that this… Continue reading


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13 Mar 11 Little Girl – Big Words

Early Morning Hours

When I opened the package from Emmeline’s team containing her debut EP, “Early Morning Hours”, out popped a neat little piece of marketing swag proclaiming, “Emmeline – little girl – big words”. Not to criticize the marketing, but it missed the mark. It should actually have read, “Little Girl – Big Talent”! As I cranked… Continue reading


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31 Oct 10 Guitarists Find Sanctuary in McKinney

Retail stores open every day; many never catch your eye. However, a store opened this past weekend in McKinney, Texas which sets a new bar for servicing guitarists and musicians. It’s called The Guitar Sanctuary, with Quinten Hope, Caron Hope, Maylee Thomas and George Fuller (Geo) as founders. What’s interesting about this store is that its name has multiple meanings that might not be caught by those who don’t know… Continue reading


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23 Oct 10 NSAI Houston Upcoming Events

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24TH NSAI SUNDAY SONGSWAP 4:00pm to 6:00pm, followed by Sunday Night Open Mic

Every 4th Sunday at JP Hops House

This is not a formal meeting, program, showcase or critique format- just writers hanging out with other writers, giving and getting some inspiration. We will do a “song circle” style of gathering, for writers to… Continue reading


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25 Jan 10 Earl Bailey – Guitarist and Innovative Educator

By John South

Evenings in Plano are generally fairly quiet, not that Plano is the small, sleepy bedroom community it used to be.  But on most evenings, outside one particular house, one can hear the distinctive low frequencies of guitars and the thumping of a drum machine that signal that you have reached the studio of a music teacher. 

This is not the studio of just any teacher… Continue reading


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18 Jan 10 The Truth Is

By John South

On the back porch of a house in a small Texas town, a little girl sat and dreamed of playing guitar and being a singer.   She made up songs – singing through the day.  She listened to the music of Joni Mitchell – she wanted to be just like her, to sing just like… Continue reading


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26 Nov 09 Will Polka for Beer

The one thing that is a constant in Texas is that if it is Friday night, there is music playing somewhere.  It’s not always the Stevie Ray Vaughan or ZZ Top wannabes that you find.  In fact, in many bars, grills and restaurants, you can hear some really talented people performing either their own songs, music written by others but with a personal interpretation, or even songs that are part of their national… Continue reading


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21 Nov 09 Welcome Home Shelley King

Shelley_KingShelley King, 2008 Official State Musician of Texas, presents us with a new offering, Welcome Home, that that not only highlights the flexibility of her vocal talent, but also underscores the craftsmanship that she and the Subdudes (John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Armedée) put into each and every song.  One factor of craft that really standouts out in this recording… Continue reading


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19 Nov 09 Houston Area Songwriter Meetings and Organizations

NSAI Houston Monthly Meeting and Open Mic

Next meeting is Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 4:00pm, at JP Hops House, 2317 Hwy 6 South. For more information on NSAI Houston’s meetings, contact Dave at dbannen@hotmail.com

Houston Songwriters Association

Next meeting Sunday, Dec. 13th, 2:00pm at JP Hops House, 2317 Hwy 6 South. For more information, visit http://www.houstonsongwriters.com

NSAI Houston North Metro Chapter

Next meeting is Tuesday, January 5th beginning at… Continue reading


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