Album Review: Cold Beer Conversation

February 11, 2016

George Strait MCA/Universal 2015 There’s a message in George Strait’s new album Cold Beer Conversation, and you don’t have to be Aretha Franklin to spell ‘respect.’ Strait’s album seems in some ways to be a response to the overheated political climate in this country as we head full-speed into another brutal primary season with politicians and the American public split into a record number of camps. Strait seems to be saying we’re…


Concussion Review (1/16/2016)

January 17, 2016

Concussion? Well, by Hollywood’s typical “based on a true story” standards, the movie presents an interesting tale, but you’d be well-advised to remember that many of the details have little, in fact, to do with reality. Which is a shame really, because the real-life story of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s efforts to shine a light on the connection between concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the face of a hostile NFL deserved a better…


Album Review: Trace

September 25, 2015

Son Volt Warner Bros. 1995 I don’t know if there’s an album that’s taken me more miles down the highway than Son Volt’s 1995 magnum opus Trace, an Americana classic that still sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did more than 20 years ago upon its initial release. Son Volt is the group that Jay Farrar formed after his previous band Uncle Tupelo imploded, and there have been several different…