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Follow the Crowd

RECEIVED Thu., April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    I met the author of "Euphoria’s Urban Upsurge" [Daily Music, April 10] in the VIP section on Friday of Euphoria Fest and enjoyed the conversation very much. We talked about what I thought the festival had to offer in the way of talent, and how Euphoria has managed to bring in some very high-quality headliners in EDM and the fest-related hip-hop, trip-hop, reggae, and rap mix. It's gotten a bit bigger and better every year, but it's far from blown out.
    So why would Kevin only write about what he didn't like? Dude, if you went to Euphoria to see hip-hop and rap, you wasted your time. Hip-hop and rap have their place at Euphoria, and if you understood what Euphoria is about you would have had a much better time. Alesso? Zeds Dead? Oliver Heldens? Frikin Pretty Lights Live?! No …? Disco Biscuits, Dumpstafunk, Papadosio? You obviously didn't know what you were doing. Next time, follow the people.
Brian Cox

On Life & Death

RECEIVED Thu., April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    When I first heard Jimmy LaFave 32 years ago, I knew immediately he and his music would have a profound and positive influence on my life. And I was right.
    When I first heard about Jimmy's cancer a few weeks ago, I knew immediately my life would never be the same. From the minstrel boy howling at the moon to the lies on her lips to the shakin' in her hips to the cafe in the rain, he taught me that life is one big amazing smorgasbord and it's important not to miss a single thing.
    Reading this article ["Playback – Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave," Music, April 21], I realize he's now moved on to teaching me how to die. With honesty and unselfishness he's telling me to love even when it hurts, and to appreciate whatever time I have.
    God be with Jimmy, God be with his family, God be with us all.
    And thank you for so much, Jimmy.
Beth Krugler

Quite Insensitive

RECEIVED Thu., April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    I've been a fan of the Chronicle for as long as I can remember. The stories I've read in its pages influenced my decision to move to Austin. The Austin Chronicle has been like a road map to songwriters and venues I cherish. But right now, at this late hour, I am struggling to find the words to accurately express my disappointment in The Austin Chronicle.
    As you know, a thoughtful, respectful piece about my friend Jimmy LaFave has been in the works. It is also my understanding that Jimmy specifically requested delaying the public announcement of this tragic news until after April 21. The early release of this information paired with a sensationalistic title seems quite insensitive to me ["Playback – Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave," Music, April 21].
    Jimmy has offered his time, talents, and resources to help up-and-coming songwriters all over the nation. For decades, he has been faithful to his loyal following and the Austin community. We are lucky to have such an enormous talent and generous heart here in our city. For a man who gives so much and asks for close to nothing, I was hoping his request would be honored.
    So, I'm disappointed. I hope in the future you will consider the intricacies of a delicate time such as this.
Jaimee Harris
   Music Editor Raoul Hernandez responds: The Chronicle spoke to exactly three people in reporting “Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave” – Jimmy LaFave, his ex-wife and partner in parenthood Barbara Fox, and Dave Marsh. The latter two contacted the paper. No other party reached out to us. All three sources mentioned the tribute concert, none used the word “embargo,” and both LaFave and Fox left the timing of the paper’s reporting expressly to our discretion.

Deeply Disappointed

RECEIVED Thu., April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    I am going to put aside the fact that I know that you were asked to hold the information about Jimmy LaFave and his grave diagnosis for just a few more days ["Playback – Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave," Music, April 21].
    But if you felt like your journalistic responsibility was to get the scoop and break the story, couldn't you have been more thoughtful and respectful in choosing the title? I don't care if it was a quote from Jimmy. He, his son, his family, his friends, and his fans that love him and have been moved by his music for 30 years deserved better in the release of this heartbreaking and devastating news.
    I am deeply disappointed in a publication that I have always felt was a vital part of the Austin music ecosystem.
Christine Albert
   Music Editor Raoul Hernandez responds: The Chronicle spoke to exactly three people in reporting “Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave” – Jimmy LaFave, his ex-wife and partner in parenthood Barbara Fox, and Dave Marsh. The latter two contacted the paper. No other party reached out to us. All three sources mentioned the tribute concert, none used the word “embargo,” and both LaFave and Fox left the timing of the paper’s reporting expressly to our discretion.
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