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Putting Community Sings on the Map

This blog all about community singing is just getting started and already the response has been great. I have to admit, I'm not all that surprised. I have been sensing for years that there is this under-the-radar network of singing ...

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Gamble Rogers' Memorial

Losing a Big Gamble

If one did not look too closely at the text of the proceedings of The Flagler County Commission’s misguided attempt to discredit Florida’s renowned troubadour and storyteller, one might surmise we had found ourselves entangled in the narrative of one ...

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Welcome to Community Sings

If you love to sing, you’ve come to the right place. Now, notice I didn’t say, ‘if you are a good singer’ or if you want to sing professionally’ or if you want to join a choir. For me, what ...

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William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry)

The Old Texas Misstep

Introduction The folks at Frets magazine taught me a valuable lesson back in the 1980s; they taught me that writing can be a dangerous vocation. This is particularly the case in the Lone Star State where I learned that carrying a ...

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Rest in Peace Johnny Winter

Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed, according to a statement from his representative. The Grammy-winning guitarist was 70 years old. By the age of 15, Winter, a native of Texas, had begun his own band and was a fluent multi-instrumentalist ...

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Folk Music, Radio and Racism: A History of Lessons Learned

It seems that with every passing day, a new story dealing with racism emerges. We have all read about the words that came out of the mouth of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling as well as rancher Cliven Bundy, and ...

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (born May 6, 1937, died April 20th, 2014) was an American middleweight boxer. In 1966, police arrested Carter for a triple homicide in the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. Police stopped Carter's car and brought him and another occupant, John Artis, to the scene of the crime. There was little physical evidence. Police took no fingerprints at the crime scene and lacked the facilities to conduct a paraffin test for gunshot residue. None of the eyewitnesses identified Carter or Artis as the shooters. Carter and Artis were tried and convicted twice (1967 and 1976) for the murders, but after the second conviction was overturned in 1985, prosecutors chose not to try the case for a third time. Carter's story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song Hurricane. From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted.