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Hall of Fame songwriter JD Souther leaves Linden audience spellbound

When JD Souther took the stage with his trio at Music City Texas in Linden a few weeks back, the sold-out crowd probably expected to hear a set list that included “New Kid,” “Faithless Love,” “Sad Café” “Heartache Tonight,” and, of course, “Only Lonely.” Souther was in the middle those hits, writing – or co-writing –  them for The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. He also wrote “Her Town Too,” with James Taylor. No one who lived through the 1970s and 80s can deny his influence on the “Laurel Canyon Sound,” as they called it. That sound is what made him famous.


Margaritaville Bossier City: A peek behind the bamboo curtain

Forget Disneyland. For my money, Bossier City's Margaritaville is the happiest place on earth.

From the moment you pull up to free valet parking until the moment you drive off the property, the staff's sole purpose is to make sure you have everything you need. It's been a long time since I've experienced this level of customer service.

Check out Monday's edition for the first of three items on Bossier's sparkly new asset - and a look behind the scenes at staff, management and how they made it all come together for a spectacular grand opening. 



Buffett in Bossier City: One more item to cross off the bucket list

Stayed home today - feeling a couple bubbles off plumb since doctor changed meds Thursday. The Tiki Gods took pity on me.


Jimmy Buffett never forgets - The Big Kahuna helps out reggae artist who once brought him coffee and croissants

Jimmy Buffett must have the memory of an elephant - to go along with his huge philanthropic heart.


Guy Clark: MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU to drop this summer

One of the perks of this job is getting advance copies of upcoming books and records.



This waltz was written in 1968 and released in 1969 on the self-titled record, "Townes Van Zandt."


An inspiring moment at the 2006 Grammys

Andrew Solomon's book, "Far From the Tree," examines the lives of children and families affected by disability. He breaks each disability – deafness, dwarfism, autism, etc. –  into chapters, including a section on child prodigies, focusing on musical geniuses.


All Roads Lead to Townes - FRATERNITY BLUES

According to the late Townes Van Zandt, there are only two kinds of music – the blues and zippidy doo dah. While most of his songs centered around pain and struggles, every now and then, he let loose with something incredibly corny. FRATERNITY BLUES is one of those silly, stupid ditties. It was released on the 1973 record LIVE AT THE OLD QUARTER.


N-T readers choose A DECEIT TO DIE FOR and SEVEN DAYS for review

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A few weeks ago, I published the first lines from the books in my "to be read" stack and asked readers for their input on which two books should be reviewed.


All Roads Lead to Townes - KATHLEEN

Townes said he wrote this one the same night he wrote "Our Mother the Mountain" in 1969. He said he was in an Austin hotel room. He must have been wicked lonesome.

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