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There’s something good here . . .
Looks like I’m going to see Emmylou Harris at the Winspear Opera House on June 23. Harris is a contemporary of my songwriting hero, Townes Van Zandt. Her cover of “If I Needed You,” was a hit for her in the early 1980s. She was part of Austin City Limit’s tribute to Townes shortly after his death in 1997. Hearing her beautiful voice at the Winspear will be a double treat. (Tickets are $45-$75. Visit www.attpac.org for more information.)


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The week after Emmylou’s at the Winspear, Lyle Lovett is coming to the Meyerson. Cross your fingers that this time, I’ll get the long-promised interview. Lovett came up on my radar in the mid-1980s when we were living in Austin and Lovett was trying to make a name for himself in the music business. Appearing with Lovett will be John Hiatt. A little bit of trivia – John Hiatt was one of original members of the Coral Reefers, Jimmy Buffett’s back up band and has had a successful solo career. (Tickets are $200-$334. Visit www.boxofficedallas.com)

There’s something good here . . .
This ran last week but it’s worth repeating. If you love the music of the 1950s and 1960s, then mark your calendar for Friday, June 10. The great girl group, Shake, Rattle & Roll is coming to town. They’ll be at Sulphur Springs Auction House. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and will also feature Josh Davis, Sulphur Springs’ own Elvis tribute artist. I’ve had the opportunity to work with SR&R and found them to be first-class entertainers. Their cover of “Sincerely” alone is worth the $12 ticket price. See you there.

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One of the things I love most about my job is discovering new authors and artists. This week, I’ve had conversations with two up and coming stars. John David Kent, who became a professional musician when he was just 16, has released a new self-titled CD. The Greenville native now lives in Celeste with his family. In addition to have a unique sound and a great talent for songwriting, Kent took an old downtown building and transformed it into a state-of-the-art recording studio. Look in an upcoming edition of your News-Telegram for my interview with him.

There’s something good here . . .
Imagine being born into a cult, living from hand to mouth all over the word, being forced to beg in the streets and not having access to an education beyond the 6th grade. Then, imagine breaking free of the cult in your 20s and beginning to discover the world. This is the story of new author Taylor Stevens, whose dazzling debut, “The Informationist” has the reading world all abuzz. The Dallas author and I spent 40 glorious minutes on the phone yesterday and I can’t wait for ya’ll to hear her speak. She’s articulate, gracious and incredibly self-aware for someone who grew up with such limited exposure of the outside world.

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The next time you see Johanna Hicks, extension family & consumer  sciences agent for Hopkins County, give her a pat on the back and thank her for everything she does for us. Just think about the good things in Hopkins County and Johanna was probably involved. In addition to her day job, Johanna is committed to raising awareness of the impact of diabetes. She also was integral in getting at $10K grant for Travis Elementary, one of only eight in the state. Johanna does good things every day.


There’s something good here . . .
Check out the launch of the News-Telegram’s redesign this weekend. It’s cleaner (more white space) and looser (more stories). Check out the back page of the first section for the Neighbors feature story on Wilma Moss, a very talented quilter who has deep roots in Hopkins County.

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