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brilliant business idea 2006

brilliant business ideaOriginally published 7/17/2006 actual ad in Tacoma Weekly classifieds:“Boogie Chillin” a George Thorogood tribute band needs a guitarist to play the part of George. Must sing lead and play slide guitar. 360-877-9464.

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Big poker tourney – Part 1 2006

Big poker tourney – Part 1 Originally published 6/5/2006 Big tourn I went to play in the US Tournament Poker quarterly tournament. USTP is a league where you play free poker in bars all over the Portland area. If you win one of these nightly tournaments, or do well in it, you get little prizes […]

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Big poker tourney – Part 2 2006

Big poker tourney – Part 2Originally published 6/5/2006 I start to pull back my 3 chips so I can think this over, but that same commenter says no, you made a move at the pot, you can’t take it back. I wasn’t sure I wanted to take it back anyway, but now I want a […]

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playing for Do and Bo 2006

playing for Do and BoOriginally published 6/1/2006 I was on the schedule at the Northwest Folklife Festival this past weekend in Seattle, but decided to try a little busking besides. I was singing and playing my friend Thomas Corlett’s metal guitar, with Thomas playing clarinet and my sweetie Taizz Medalia on spoons. We were doing […]

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Bluesman comic book 2006

Bluesman comic bookOriginally published 5/19/2006 I guess they call them “graphic novels” now when they’re for grownups. I found this at my local library the other day: Bluesman : a twelve bar graphic narrative in the key of life and death. by Rob Vollmar & Pablo C. Callejo. The story includes a lot of stereotypes […]

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new bourbon and make that rye 2005

new bourbonOriginally published 10/15/2005Bulleit bourbon —Taizz wanted another bottle of Knob Creek but Bulleit was on sale ($21 compared with $34 for Knob Creek, fifth) so we tried it. Comes in old-West-style bottle. But it sure ain’t just hype! Very nice drink. Has a little corn bite too it, but also got that smooth wood-aged […]

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The Festival Formerly Known as King Biscuit 2005

The Festival Formerly Known as King BiscuitOriginally published 10/13/2005 It’s absurd, but the King Biscuit Blues Festival had to change its name this year – on its 20th anniversary, no less. A dispute among the owners of the 1970s-era King Biscuit Flour Hour rock radio show; KFFA, the Helena radio sthat owns the 1940s-era (and […]

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Where’s the Delta? 2005

Where’s the Delta?Originally published 9/30/2005 Many people have asked me if my old stomping grounds in the Mississippi Delta were destroyed by Katrina, if I feel lucky to have moved out of that area before this disaster, whether they can still visit the Delta, etc. To clarify, a little geography: the famed Mississippi Delta, where […]

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Something about the Delta 2004

Something about the DeltaOriginally published 6/6/2004 I’m back from a week in Charleston (South Carolina, not Mississippi) and I had a wonderful time. It’s a very historic and cultural city. Small but growing quickly, rather cosmopolitan compared with any town in Mississippi (even Jackson). Yet it’s still Southern, in the nice sense. People are friendly […]

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Blues for kids? 2004

Blues for kids?Originally published 5/26/2004 I have tended to shy away from doing “blues in the schools” programs. Well, I did once do a weeklong residency with inner-city middle-school kids in Charleston. And I did a weekly harmonica class with adolescent offenders in Greenwood for awhile. And I taught a four-hour (!) – or was […]

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