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From the Tallahatchie Bridge to the company store

  Today is “the third of June,” and since I am not in the Delta, I can’t tell you if it is sleepy or dusty this year. Most likely, it is both. But I can tell you that each year … Continue reading

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Pickin’, shellin’ and tellin’

“Make sure they’re not too soft, boy. I don’t want tomato juice all over the backseat of my Buick.” My first lesson in choosing tomatoes, around 1972. I think about those words from my grandfather every summer as tomatoes, green … Continue reading

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Playing Guy Clark’s guitars

On a September morning in 2013, I found myself in the home of a hero. I had come to Guy Clark’s house to interview him for a column in 2nd & Church, a quarterly literary magazine published for several years … Continue reading

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Tracks

  The memorial service at a little West Tennessee country church was followed by fried chicken, green beans and potato salad. Mixed in between the homemade banana bread and sweet tea were, “It’s good to see you,” “How have you … Continue reading

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Southerners and Irishmen, revisited (song link included)

Songwriters are often asked where they get song ideas.  I hope you’ll enjoy this story behind my song, Southerners and Irishmen. When I lived in Mobile, Alabama in the 1980s, I developed a near-addiction fondness for coffee with chicory, readily available in … Continue reading

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Comfort Music

First course: comfort food Sometimes a good shrimp po’ boy does the trick. Shrimp Creole, the way my mama used to cook it, always made me feel better, even when I was feeling fine already. Boiled shrimp, Trout Amandine or … Continue reading

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Off Broadway

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” According to baseball great Yogi Berra in The Yogi Book (I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said), he made that comment in 1959 to Stan Musial and Joe Garagiola about a favorite restaurant … Continue reading

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