music

Watermelon Slim’s on-the-road ‘Escape From the Chicken Coop’

Clarksdale, Miss., resident, longtime Oklahoman and North Carolina-reared blues musicmaker Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans plays a mean slide guitar. And "I was an above-average harp player," he says of his early years making music, his first record of work-song blues coming out in 1972. But when he hears what young blues players like Craig Lawler and Jason Ricci can do with the harmonica today, he knows from his 61 years ever more clearly why he spent so many of them working ...

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Owner-operator’s record hits Roots Music charts

I'll bet Overdrive October 2009 Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, an independent you may likewise remember from a couple posts (here and here) late last year about his part in the Convoy for a Cure festivities in Texas, is having a good old time watching news of all the snow folks all over the country are suffering through. He is, after all, out in Hawaii with his wife where he lives before coming back to the continental U.S. to ...

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More local fame for driver/songwriter Larry Morris

The Missouri-based Daily Dunklin Democrat newspaper once again featured a driver I had the pleasure of meeting in Nashville late last year. Campbell, Mo.-based Double G Trucking hauler Larry Morris's "Cotton Fields to Nashville" song was selected as the title track for a Johnny Cash tribute record, a coproduction of TRS Music Group and Plush Records. The companies' heads, A.J. Siegler and Charlie Ray, respectively, showed up unexpectedly at Morris's Campbell home to present him ...

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25-year-old trucker makes it past ‘American Idol’ judges

At American Idol auditions in Orlando, Fla., 25-year-old Matt Lawrence breezed past the judges with a soulful rendition of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble." What most viewers might not have noticed was Lawrence's occupation -- he's a manager with his father's trucking company in Starke, Fla. Less sanguine, perhaps, is the fact that he's also done time for bank robbery (at age 15). In any case, below is the interview Idol interview conducted with him after judges ...

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