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The Past

Despite what it looks like with these stories, I think very little about my past. What is done, I like to leave done. Maybe this is me keeping a few memories for later? For a day when I will want to look back. But, after I close this story, I won’t look back for a…

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Black Ribbons Part Three

There are distances we make for others. Spaces. Between looks. They are hard to cross. Hidden miles between drinks and conversations. I was lost out there as tea table lights faded into darker hours. My eyes – glassed. Not from exhaustion, or beer – this is still the first can half-drunk and warm from my…

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Black Ribbons Part 2

The next twenty minutes found me standing outside the motel. Making a few calls on the phone down my list: Dad, girlfriend, friends back home, and finally anything I was missing for work. I was in the middle of texting my girlfriend about what she did last night when the driver pulled up.  “Ruh-ne?” he yelled…

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Troubadour

Black Ribbons White: a single wooden side table held a heavily used coffee maker, and a few pamphlets. The only things on the wall to break up this ocean of white: a red plastic clock and a pastel work of wild flowers framed in a dull gold. At the front desk, unaware or uncaring about…

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Dogs, Pt. III

Montreal was quiet. Sunlight poured low and soft. Broken rays across the last few streets as I made my way back to the club. Two more lights, then a left, then over the hill… I think… Seemed like a lot of places were closed – bars shut over windows and plexi-doors with heavy pad locks. Some…

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Summer Concerts

JUNE 1ST: The Toman Brothers @ 7pm (11th Street Cowboy Bar – Bandera) 1st: The Georges @ 7pm (Gruene Hall – Gruene) 1st: Sol Patch Live @ 6-9pm (Silver Creek – Fredericksburg) 2nd: Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun @ 7pm (Gruene Hall – Gruene) 3rd: Fabulous Chevelles @ 7:30pm (Angel’s Ice House – Spicewood)…

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Montreal and Dogs

“You shouldn’t go,” she laughed, “what is there for you out there?” She had an accent, a deep French-Canadian seriousness, that made everything she said feel like I’m back in high school talking to a teacher. “I don’t know.” “No, stay for another,” she said already filling another tumbler with ice, “I wanna know about…

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My Touring Mantra

Over the next few shows I traveled with the band northeast. We headed up slowly towards New York, which would be our first real time off. Relax. Walk. Stretch. Eat.   The others had places to stay. Well almost all the others. I stayed on a bus, which is much creepier when no one else is on…

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Troubadour

OUR EYES…  ON OUR WAY TO ATLANTA     “Where were you?” Those words were in the room, but I don’t know who said them. Might have been me and I just don’t remember. But I knew as she turned to me. I knew her eyes ‘cause they were like mine.  Everyone always said I…

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The Troubadour

After New Orleans and the Stars   I was feeling buzzed after our set. Feeling good. Lost in the delicate web of New Orleans; that kind of floating, detaching me from everything. It was my first show in this new group, and I made it through the first performance sober, though I wasn’t completely loose…

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Troubadour

605 Miles From Home: Part 2 We’d made it into the diner only seconds before it really began to pour. In a few minutes, the rain filled the street, overwhelmed the gutter, and crept over the sidewalk.   Normally I love a flash flood…maybe because it’s a very South Texas thing, to suddenly go from a beautiful…

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Troubadour

I’m at the end of the tour. Hovering just under 4 weeks out, in Little Rock.  The other musicians are in and out of a hotel day room. Showering. Resting. Calling loved ones at home. Lounging on the bus. Getting ready for tomorrow’s flights. Everyone’s a little edgy, a little somber, and more than a little…

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Troubadour

Thoughts From 39,000   Last month I got emotionally heavy. Getting those feelings off my mind is good though. I need that every now and again. Like a sad song, these thoughts can build inside of me and need to be processed out even when I’m in a good mood. And life has been good for…

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The Sweetest Sound

Meet Emma Rudkin: musician, rising sophomore at UTSA, Young Life leader, Miss San Antonio, and, since age three, deaf. After 10 years of speech therapy, she speaks perfectly and sings beautifully. Rudkin has used her disability as a platform to share her faith and reach out to deaf children across the United States. When Emma…

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Troubadour

Brian I rolled over, checked my phone and found a text from Brian. I was lying on the bed in my jeans. Listening to the fan. The other guys were out at a movie, so I wasn’t expecting to hear from anyone.   After spending the evening in the hotel watching TV, ordering pizza, sleeping and…

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