To Be a Rock and Not To Roll

We’ve been in Mobile, home of the original Mardi Gras, for the past several days soaking up the revelry. I have learned some of the local terminology over the past few years, throwing around phrases such as “when does the parade roll”…”the parade rolls at six”…”is it still going to roll in this weather?” Well [...]

A Matter of Public Record

Yesterday we spent spent a beautiful spring day in Mobile Alabama trying to acquire/install a turntable so we could listen to our growing vintage vinyl collection. I will spare you the laborious details but we went to a local record store, no luck. Tried the flea market, no luck. Went to my sister-in-law’s to commandeer [...]

Johnny Fisher Got Me Hooked On Crackle

When the Professor and I got married two+ years ago I had the redhot idea of redecorating the guest room in Alabama by framing vintage record covers and hanging them on the wall. (Admittedly inspired by the bar area of Threadgill’s in Austin.) My new husband with his intuitive and creative eye green lighted the [...]

Honky Tonk High Tea

The first time I heard old school, classic honky tonk music here in Alabama was in a most unlikely spot: The Country Club of Mobile. It was February 2009 and some gracious friends threw an over-the-top fantastic party there for the Professor and me to celebrate our recent wedding. Knowing us (and me in particular?) [...]

High Praise

The Professor and I celebrated our second anniversary yesterday in Alabama with a Sunday drive down to the beach. I always love the beach during winter, but since it was about 70K degrees, it really just felt like a spring day without any crowds or traffic (i.e. heaven.) Speaking of heaven, we kicked off our [...]

Hank Williams Pilgrimage

The more I learn about Hank Williams the more fascinated I become. This Alabama music legend with a tragically short career captured the hearts of millions with his magnetic onstage performances, wrote one poetic hit after the next, and lives on in honky tonk lore as an icon and near cult-like figure. As I was [...]

I Heart Alabama Music. (State, not Band.)

The Southern Coterie website recently posted about a new-to-me music duo called The Secret Sisters, a lovely harmonizing pair that hail from Alabama. Which made me think about all the good music that comes from the yellowhammer state. Hello Muscle Shoooaals? (I don’t have time to hold your hand on this, if you don’t know [...]

Engulfed

Sorry for the crickets chirping in here lately, I have been hard at work playing camp counselor during Little Chick’s grand hurrah summer fandango. We spent the last week of summer vacation wearing out I-10 along the Gulf Coast. I decided she is way too accustom to airplane bathrooms and largely unfamiliar with roadside gas [...]

When The Evening Sun Goes Down…

The last time I saw Willie was at the Cattle Baron’s Ball in Dallas Texas about eight years ago. Needless to say I was long overdue to see the Texas outlaw live and last Saturday night did not disappoint. We saw him at the Windcreek Casino in Attmore AL. After much deliberation on which boots [...]

Rising Stars Fell on Alabama Last Night

I wasn’t the only Austin belle ringing and rocking in Alabama last night. The red-hot Austin band, The Trishas, stopped in Mobile on their southeast tour and I couldn’t believe my luck to actually be in my Hometown#2 at the right time. This young group of four uber-talented chicks is all the talk of the [...]