no-angel’s favorite videos include Baby Shark, The Wheels on the Bus, Farmer in the Dell,…and All Your’n by Tyler Childers. A music video about a man suffering drug-induced hallucinations probably isn’t the best influence on a toddler, but a little good music won’t hurt her and I can use the break.
My music bucket list isn’t that long. I’ve done pretty well at seeing the musicians I really want to see. But musicians die. I remain immensely gratified I saw Chris LeDoux before he died. And bands break up. I missed out on both The Gougers and The Trishas.
You may have noticed references to “no-angel” here on the blog or on social media. no-angel is our daughter’s internet nom de gerber. A lot of people ask why. Mostly it’s a response to all those people who point to your baby and say, “that’s an angel,” partly it’s because she is frequently very much not an angel, partly it’s because she isn’t a multi-eyed, spinning wheel of flame, and partly it is inspired by Gregg Allman’s I’m No Angel.
This is a blog about, among other things, storytelling. Obviously the fiction I cover tells stories. But one reason why I love Texas country is that the songs so often tell stories in one tight little economical package. The Quaker City Night Hawks aren’t a country band, but they are from Texas, and it shows.
Tanya Tucker is one of the all-time greats in country music and has one of country music’s all-time great voices. She’s been around a damn long time but she’s still kicking. In fact, her career is close to hitting the half century mark. She was just 13 when she recorded Delta Dawn in 1972).
Billy Joe Shaver turned 80 on Friday. He’s had some health problems, and he doesn’t have any shows scheduled at the moment, but I just saw him in 2016 at Floore’s Country Store and he was still alive and kicking. Like Rodney Crowell, Shaver was one of those young Nashville songwriters from Texas who were so integral to the outlaw country movement. He wrote almost all of Waylon Jennings’ landmark outlaw country album Honky Tonk Heroes, and his album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is a landmark outlaw country album in its own right.