Sunday, February 24, 2013
Magic Slim (Morris Holt)a very fine Chicago bluesman, who had relocated to Omaha, died on Thursday February 21 at the age of 75. (Here is his wikipedia entry.) /He started his career playing bass for his friend Magic Sam, who bestowed his nickname. Slim won the W. C. Handy Blues Band of the Year six times. Having seen Slim perform live many times in Chicago in the 1980s, I can attest that the awards were well deserved.
Bill Dahl, writing on allmusic.com says "Magic Slim & the Teardrops proudly uphold the tradition of what a Chicago blues band should sound like...His guitar work dripped vibrato-enriched nastiness and his roaring vocals were as gruff and uncompromising as anyone's on the scene."
Friday, February 22, 2013
Topeka, KS—Nurses, teachers, clergy, elected leaders and others will rally at the State Capitol this Saturday February 23 at 2:00 p.m. to push back against an increasingly extreme legislative agenda. Kansans from a variety of backgrounds, political parties and professional backgrounds will be in attendance and among the featured speakers.
- State Sen. Anthony Hensley
- State Rep. Paul Davis
- Former State Sen. Jean Schodorf
- Vanessa Boyler, KU Medical Center Nurse
- Lisa Ochs, AFT Kansas President
- Rev. Joshua Longbottom, Plymouth Congregational Church Pastor
- Dave Reber, Free State High School Biology Teacher
- Resa Boydston, Kansas Neurological Institute Technician
- Randy Mousley, United Teachers of Wichita President
- Sulma Arias, Sunflower Community Action Executive Director
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Saturday, February 09, 2013
I only have two smallish criticisms. There is a small section of Austin's conclusion("psychological effects") in my Kindle for PC download which is garbled. And, Austin's rhetoric of showing his moderation by positing, even if in passing, an liberal viewpoint on guns just as extreme and absolute as that of today's conservatives seems a little contrived to me.
The debate over gun violence is going to heated in coming months. If you want to be an informed citizen there is no better book to read.
This generation's blues savior Gary Clark Jr. performed "Catfish Blues" at In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues. Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama on February 21, 2012 and aired on PBS on Feb 27, 2012. There are shots of the Obamas grooving and, more interestingly to me, of Booker T. on the organ. You can see the entire show at http://video.pbs.org/video/2202801749.