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Winning the Waiting Game

Mary Janes Record No. 1 (Delmore) By Linda Ray Record No. 1, the long-delayed debut album by the Mary Janes, begins with an ending: “Shooting Star,” the seven-minute opening opus, is a love song to main Mary Jane Janas Hoyt’s former band, the Vulgar Boatmen. Hoyt starts slowly, delicately, with her own tentative guitar and […]

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In the Spirit

Bad Livers Dust on the Bible (Quarterstick) By Linda Ray This summer the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association revamped its standards for the Dove Awards, the Christian recording industry’s equivalent of the Grammys. Previously the only prerequisite for nomination was that one’s record be sold in Christian music stores, but apparently the GMA was disturbed that […]

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The Pioneer’s Spirit

Pine Valley Cosmonauts Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills (Bloodshot) By Linda Ray When a Tulsa Tribune reporter asked him what he thought of rock and roll in 1958, country legend Bob Wills said, “Why, man, that’s the same music we’ve been playin’ since 1928!…We didn’t call it ‘rock and roll’ back when we introduced […]