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Lawmakers Leap Into Action

I sat down to consume my Booche Burger when a friend asked me a question. I'd heard the question before. “When you were driving all those back roads, did you ever hear banjo music?” Cute. But my response startled him. “All the…

The Chicago Way

Chicago has long been the American big city with a heart of soul. It boasts a legendary gospel scene that spawned Curtis Mayfield and the Staple Singers. It’s also the home of Chess Records, a still-active free jazz scene that stretches…

Booning Up On History

I shook my head. How can this happen? Our crew had spent a delightful morning at Powder Valley Nature Conservation Area, filming displays of fauna and flora, all tucked into steep hills and valleys within a chip shot of the crossroads of…

Rockin’ With Rodriguez

Not long ago, I was backstage at a show discussing strategies for a successful music career with the stage crew and opening band. The crucial approach, we agreed, is: always have your bag packed, always be ready. Other observations and…

Dancing With The Devils

In the 1930s, the country music industry in Springfield, Mo., was amorphous, yet very broadcast-centric. The area was home to powerful 50,000-watt radio stations that broadcast nationally to avid — and often metropolitan — audiences.…