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Amanda Shires video "Detroit or Buffalo"
Lubbock's own Amanda Shires is breaking out this year as one of Americana's best young songwriters and performers. American Songwriter Magazine has announced Amanda in the Top 5 songwriters of 2011 (topping such heavyweights as Tom Waits and Paul Simon). Amanda's 2011 CD release "Carrying Lightning"
has been earning major kudos. This summer Lubbock native Tim Harman directed the video for Amanda's recording of "Detroit or Buffalo" (written by Barbara Keith of Stone Coyotes, the only cover song Amanda performs on Carrying Lightning). This video was shot entirely in Lubbock and features Amanda's friends Lubbock musicians Daniel Fluitt and Kris Killingsworth (Thrift Store Cowboys), Brandon Adams (The Sad Bastards), and Amanda's frequent songwriting and touring partner Rod Picott. Many other Lubbockians* stepped up to contribute space and props for this colorful video.We know how to make music and fun in Lubbock!
Lubbock folk who worked on the video:
The virtualubbock General Store now has a page featuring MP3s available for purchasing from Amazon, entire albums and individual tracks, by legendary Lubbock artists such as Joe Ely, The Flatlanders, Cary Swinney, Andy Eppler, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Amanda Shires, and more!!!
Joe Ely is on the cover. Editor Richard Skanse gives kudos to author Chris Oglesby in his "Notes from the Editor" column on page 2, and yours truly contributes FOUR (4) articles, including: a profile of Amanda Shires; profile of Cary Swinney, a true hidden gem; an introduction of three "New Faces" : William Clark Green, Brandon Adams, & Charlie Shafter; and a venue spotlight on The Blue Light Live.
Pick up a copy at one of these locations!
Love Is Never Wrong, by Christopher J. Oglesby, 2010.
"Yes, Mike, you are correct: Love is never wrong. Except that makes no sense whatsoever. Jesus loves me, this I know. "
Author Chris Oglesby has been writing a series of short fiction stories set in Lubbock, dealing with the topics of music, sports, politics, and religion; these are all ripe subjects for discussion in West Texas.
Please read Oglesby's most recent story.
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