Revisiting North Texas Comp Sunny Teriyaki Hamburger Breakfast and Its Ties to Today

Categories: Texas History

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James Bland Photogrpahy
The Sparrows, with Carter Albrecht (middle) and Danny Balis (second from right).

Music compilations are something of a dying breed these days. Sure, there are some great choices to be had in the Best Music Compilation category in this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards, but the essence of the compilation has been greatly diminished in the years since CDs were superseded by the advent of mp3s and streaming services. That wasn't always the case, though. Once upon a time, North Texas had a rich tradition of such releases, the killer Tales from the Edge series and the many offerings from One Tone Record's Buzz-Oven.

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What It's Like To Attend an ACL Live Taping

Categories: Texas History

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Gavin Cleaver
No photos from inside. Cameras were banned. These TVs are just outside the door.

If you are ever fortunate enough to win tickets allowing you to attend a taping of this venerable televisual institution, then you will have a Good Time. That is not in doubt. You probably won't ever win tickets, though, unless you're super awesome like me. You being this super awesome is strongly doubtful. Here then, is what being this super awesome is like.

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The 5 Most Enlightening Facts from the Texxas Jam 78 Documentary

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For any music fan who has lived in or around Dallas for at least a few years, stories (and probably grand exaggerations) of times had at one of the Texxas Jam Music Festivals in the late 1970s or early 1980s are commonplace at this point. The Texxas World Music Festival, which was held annually in the Cotton Bowl from 1978 until 1987, showcased the best in hard rock at that time. The inaugural event featured names that remain large (Aerosmith, Ted Nugent), are now small (Head East), and were only promising youngsters at the time (Van Halen). After years of waiting, Texxas Jam 78, a documentary highlighting the event, is now available.

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Willie Nelson's Old Tour Bus Is for Sale on Craigslist

Categories: Texas History

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The beaut above is a 1983 Eagle that gets an eco-friendly seven miles per gallon when the generator is running. It's got crushed velvet curtains, and -- just a guess here -- a few dozen places to hide your weed. Because, oh yeah, it's Willie Nelson's old tour bus, and it's hard to look at without daydreaming about living a life on the open road in all the glorious comfort she no-doubt offers. If you want it, you should act now, because the guy who listed it says his phone hasn't stopped ringing since he listed it on easttexas.craigslist.com Sunday night. "It's been non-stop," he says. "I've gotten calls from as far as Washington state and New York," he told us when we called him ourselves. His name is Alan. He was very polite (naturally -- Texas). Here's the story he gave us about this treasure.

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The Greatest Musician of All Time Came to Dallas, And I Missed It

Categories: Texas History

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Photo by Martin Pulaski, via Flickr
Ever miss an un-missable concert? It's one of those pangs that lingers, fixed like a stamp on the back of your skull. It's a bad taste in your mouth that never leaves, a constant reminder of how your life could have been better had you seen (insert band name here) play live.

Many Dallasites never got over missing Nirvana's set at Trees. More recently, countless hearts were broken when a fear of icy streets prevented them from seeing Kanye's date at the AAC. For me, I missed what I consider to be the greatest musician of all time (well, at least in rock 'n' roll); It was 1974, almost exactly 40 years ago, when Don Van Vliet -- better known as Captain Beefheart -- first played Dallas. It was at the Electric Ballroom and I was 11 years shy of existence. Still, It's something I dream of often: seeing the Captain and his Magic Band of misfits live. Soft, half-asleep scenes of a live Beefheart sculpting his Frankenstein shape of rock out free jazz, blues and red-hot emotional overflow taunt me like stubborn bouts of deja vu.

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The Seven Biggest One-Hit Wonders from North Texas

Categories: Texas History

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Ed Steele
Still goin' strong(ish).

Today is One Hit Wonder day, allegedly marked by music journalist Steven R Rosen to honor the bands whose moment passed too soon. He was serious about this topic, even briefly publishing One Shot: The Magazine of One-Hit Wonders.

DFW has had its share of flash-in-the-pan chart success, and we've compiled the seven best examples. Some of these artists had their careers cut tragically short, and some were probably taken aback to be in the chart spotlight to begin with.


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Honoring Dimebag Darrell with Motorcycles, Metal and Charity: The Ninth Ride for Dime

Categories: Texas History

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Ride for Dime

What do Harley Davidson motorcycles, Dean guitars and southern metal have in common? It's all part of Ride For Dime, a two-day bike rally in honor of the fallen guitarslinger Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, a Texas legend whose band Pantera helped to establish southern metal as the brutal force that it is.

Starting at the Rail Club in Fort Worth on Friday, August 16, and ending at Trees in Dallas on Saturday, August 17, the event offers a slew of pulse-pounding bands, including Hellbound, a Pantera tribute band; Texas Hippie Coalition, a red dirt metal band; and Dixie Witch, a Texas-based hard rock trio. Two other bands will also be making their first appearance: Generator and Bang Leaf. Drowning Pool headlines at the Rail Club, and Shadows Fall headlines at Trees.

"Just found out by the grace of God or Dimebag or whomever it is keeping an eye on this Ride for Dime thing, it's only going to be 94 degrees on Saturday and partly sunny," says Rob Eichelberger, one of the key orchestrators behind the event.


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Willie Nelson Turns 80: A Tribute and Playlist for a Texas Treasure

Categories: Texas History

Willie Nelson was born 80 years ago today in the small town of Abbott, Texas. This really should be a holiday.

Nelson has been a Texas institution for over 50 years now. He's closely tied to our state's image -- his long career saw him start as a DJ in Houston, move to Nashville as a song writer, end up on the Grand Ole Opry and eventually move back to Texas to take part in the Cosmic Cowboy movement and help launch the world of Outlaw Country. His annual Fourth of July Picnic, started in 1973 after Willie's legendary performance at the '72 Dripping Springs Reunion, is widely known as the best damn time in the state.

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