I would imagine most people know Compton as the epicenter of late ‘80s hip-hop and a city dominated by crime and gang violence. Smack in the middle between Long Beach and Los Angeles, just south of Watts, back in the […]
Welcome to the front porch of The Real Easy Ed, where each week I aggregate and update news, events, images, ideas, sound, fury, odds and ends. Just a little place to pause for a few minutes, get out of the sun […]
Tom Russell is nothing if not a dedicated advocate for creative Americana. Just two years ago he released “Aztec Jazz” , a compendium of his songs preformed live with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. He has now created a massive opus […]
Tex Ritter joined Capitol Records in 1942, the year the label opened for business. A Western film star only slightly less successful than Gene Autry, he helped stake territory for Capitol in the country field with hits such as “I’m […]
Country Music Hall of Famer he might be, but Tex Ritter (1905-1974; inducted into the Hall in 1964) was a showman first, and Bear Family’s second Ritter boxed set makes the point abundantly, if not painfully clear. Every kind of […]
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