"...Starring: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Richard Jenkins, Sissy Spacek and Michelle Monaghan. Cut from much the same cloth as Norma Rae and Silkwood, North Country is a story about the rough knocks women have endured in the workplace and the conversion the protagonist undergoes while learning to fight for her rights..."
"...Who knew that Lions had a softer side? The local metallurgists recently recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” for the new FX series Sons of Anarchy, and it sounds more like Band of Horses than the familiar Red River raunch Lions are known for. The band has retreated to its den for pre-production for the follow-up to No Generation and hit Emo's on June 12..."
"...Questions of morality are ever-present in this lyrical Australian Western in which racism, colonialism, and the merits of Western civilization’s influence on indigenous cultures are embedded as fixedly as the dust in the horses’ hooves and loosely sprinkled with every step. The ethical canvas, however, doesn’t get in the way of Sweet Country’s central engaging chase story..."
"...What Leach doesn't say is that these institutions, as nonprofits, hold incredible amounts of untaxed property, which very often, in cities such as Syracuse, New York and New Haven, Connecticut, lead to the odd circumstance that a surrounding cast of visibly poor people, often renters, usually blue collar workers, are called upon to bear the entire burden of city services which have to detour around the visibly wealthy institute. Meanwhile, the visibly wealthy young students, throwing in an average of $20,000-plus per annum in tuition costs, are coddled for four years and then shuffled out to high-paying jobs where they pay taxes in some other part of the country..."
"...Is it a revival yet? The Hill Country Revue continues the Southern rock onslaught Thursday and Friday at the Continental Club. Despite the name, they are not local – this hill country refers to an area in northern Mississippi...."
"...Justin Trevino may be nearing his 28th birthday, but the music he makes carries the weight of a man twice his age. Travelin' Singin' Man, Trevino's third album, is filled with what he likes to call "The Country Shuffle," a category that genre forebears like Johnny Bush and Ray Price perfected: easygoing tunes perfect for the honky-tonk and a night of Texas two-steppin'..."
"...Residencies built Austin country music. The W’s alone stagger, from late legends Don Walser at Jovita’s and Rusty Wier at the Saxon Pub, to Dale Watson’s continuing stand on Mondays at the Continental Club..."
"...The question that kept recurring throughout the iHeartRadio Country Festival Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center was “Why Austin?” The show served as the inaugural event for what might be presumed an annual series easily replicated anywhere. Yet why did the organizers, with obvious means to pull off whatever they wanted, choose Austin to launch?..."
"...Danielewski. Like a post-modern slab of art, someone needs to explain this team to me. Occasionally appearing to be a post-season favorite, only to break the aortas of Viking fans across the country, this is the most inconsistent squad in the NFL..."
"...David Dewhurst has asked the ag affairs committee chaired by Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, to review state laws related to the closure of horse slaughter facilities across the country and the impact that has had on the equine industry and agricultural sector of the state's economy...."
"...This Saturday the Outlaws have a bye. In lieu of a game, they’re hosting a benefit golf tournament at Hidden Falls Country Club on Medowlakes Drive..."
"..."Our crew in Austin is famous throughout the world," he adds. "They're as good as it gets, and although every place else I'm aware of in the country is suffering from runaway production, we're getting off fairly easy in Austin."..."
"...And for this snow-loving, ice-skating, English/French-speaking Canuck, the transition toward living in the Lone Star state has been a Six-Flags-Over-Texas experience -- excitement, thrills, curves, tumbles -- and yes, nausea, headaches, and feelings of disorientation. Adjusting to life not only in another country, but in a country within a country, took time..."
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"...In the Hill Country, just as you're never too far from a roadside stand hawking fresh-from-the-orchard peaches or a Wurstfest celebration or a river to tube down, you're never too far from a theatre. True, stages aren't nearly as numerous or as celebrated as other staples of the region; nevertheless, they dot the territory in such a way that no matter where in the Hill Country one is, it's just a stone's throw from some community chorus of "76 Trombones" or an Odd Couple with a Lone Star twang..."
"...The mood has swept up teams of frustrated ranchers and farmers, town leaders, conservation-minded nonprofits, and a sprinkling of key political allies. The mobilization of what might best be called the "Hill Country Militia" is an event with water at its heart – the protection of local creeks, streams, and wells, to be sure, but also the extremely vulnerable Edwards Aquifer..."
"...Though the weather this year was somewhat less than congenial for growing grapes, all the Hill Country vintners we contacted were very optimistic about their respective harvests. Becker Vineyards general manager Jim Brown reported a "better-than-expected" quantity of the temperamental viogner grapes, which is great news to those of us who enjoy that varietal..."
"...A growing number of Hill Country subdivisions, which disperse hundreds of thousands of gallons of treated effluent through a surface spray system, threaten to destroy the region's environment, critics say, because the landscape can only take so much poop...."
"...Eck Lane, off RR 620, 1.1 miles south of Mansfield Dam, 512/266-3331C. Hill Country Cellars..."
"...Through online research, Elmore discovered a monthlong pizza-making course at Pizzeria la Notizia in Naples, Italy, taught by pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia. Clint took the course and then he and Schenkel spent some time traveling around Italy immersing themselves in the country's rich culinary culture..."
"...The next few weeks will be busy ones in Central Texas, with the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival taking place this weekend (April 6-9) and the Wine & Wildflower Trail coming up next weekend (April 14-16). Wine, food, and flower lovers will be hitting the highways in droves..."
"...There's no doubt about it, the Hill Country as we've known it is changing. Not as rapidly as Austin, perhaps, but fast enough so that changes are clearly visible every six months or so..."
"...At the front of the stage stood a single microphone. When headliner and outlaw-country-rocker Steve Earle came out in a relatively neat and pressed suit flanked by four other young men similarly attired, all of them toting acoustic stringed instruments, and broke into a medium tempo bluegrass tune, the response was unsure..."
"...James Benning is one of our country's top avant-garde filmmakers of the last 20 years. Working outside traditional narrative modes, his films draw us into new forms of storytelling via his unique cinematic language of sound, image, and printed information..."
"...The sun is shining on Crawford, Texas. Business isn't exactly booming, but it's enjoying more than a lazy country weekday..."
"...This vintage limestone edifice overlooking Boerne's main plaza and Cibolo Creek is listed in both the state and national registry of historic landmarks. It originated as a stagecoach stop in 1859 and has opened it's 17 guest rooms to weary Hill Country travelers in one incarnation or another ever since..."
"...Kasey ChambersWed. 15, Cooper's BBQ, 9:20pm On her 2000 debut The Captain, Kasey Chambers became Australia's leading export to the country charts, furthered by sophomore LP hit "Not Pretty Enough." This year's double LP Dragonfly, her 11th release, marks her most ambitious, including more rocking cuts that balance her hallmark personal grit and emotional strength...."
"...The wide-ranging acts that the Lonesome Heroes have drawn under their new alt.country banner hold little more in common than the Wednesday night Hole in the Wall slot and a touch of twang. Here's a representative culture sample. The Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang..."
"...Savor the Hill Country Luncheons..."
"...Move over bluebonnets, peaches, and Enchanted Rock: The Texas Hill Country has a bona fide new tourist attraction! What began as a lavender homage to Provence by a globe-trotting Blanco-area couple about 10 years ago has literally blossomed into a thriving agri-tourism industry for the Hill Country. While fragrant lavender is now being planted from the shores of Lake Travis all the way to Fredericksburg, it started near Blanco and has earned them the designation as the lavender capital of Texas..."
"...I'm staggered by how many tour dates you have. And all over the country..."
"...Sandwiches are made with fresh bread, and the bountiful loaves sell out every day. Hayward's cooking is light, flavorful, and healthy, making this place a favorite among cyclists who train on Hill Country back roads...."
"...Over a fine lunch, in a dining room overlooking the hyper-green golf courses of Barton Creek Country Club, Anderson was asked what can be done to protect Barton Creek, Barton Springs, and the Barton Springs Salamander. Are there market incentives to save those resources from damage caused by development in the Barton Springs watershed? Once again, the short answer was: No...."
"...This is a chef's recipe if ever there was one. Considering that truffles are so rare and expensive in this country ($90 per pound domestic, $400 per pound imported), I feel sure only a tiny fraction of readers would ever use it..."
"...I kept hoping one of the monsters would turn out to be Sean Connery and wing 'round for a spot of tea and a interspecies chat, but no such luck. (For that matter even a lone Highlander would have come as a welcome surprise, but no, we get Texan McConaughey, devouring far more scenery than any of the ravenous, airborne Geckos From Hell.) A brilliant idea that somehow misses the mark by a North country mile, Reign of Fire will make monster fans ache for what might have been..."
"...Rather than a focused recording session, this was more in the vein of sitting around, playing together, and enjoying each other while producer Bob Johnston ran tape. Although they recorded more than 30 cuts, only "Girl From the North Country" has ever escaped from the vaults (and I'm not even sure if the released version is from this session)..."
"...The place is the southwestern edge of the Hill Country, consisting of three large river valleys, the Sabinal, Frio, and Nueces, and the hills that separate them. No one name sums up this three-canyon region; the inhabitants identify themselves with whichever canyon they live in and with the Hill Country in general..."
"...That's hardly a novel notion, which is why A Perfect Candidate doesn't wear too well -- it just doesn't reveal much of anything new. That's not to say that the film isn't often perversely entertaining, particularly as a historical document that captures the punch-and-shuffle campaign strategies of North and Robb in an election that held the entire country's attention..."
"...Puttering about the lush hills of his Broken Arrow Ranch in northern California while drinking Michelob and maneuvering his Willys Jeep, Young, with deteriorating disks in his back gluing cans of beer to his palms, addresses the camera in a videotape log for "Heart of Gold" on Disc 8 – North Country (1971-1972), the last platter before Archives' final act, 1973 theatrical release Journey Through the Past, around which much 16mm documentation was gathered...."
"...The great Richie Unterberger, in the All Music Guide, observes that, “The pair run through easygoing, rockabilly-tinged versions of Dylan songs, Cash songs, old Sun rockabilly chestnuts (‘That’s All Right Mama’ and ‘Matchbox’), and a bit of country gospel. Cash, in fact, dominates the proceedings: He sings lead more often, and the mere two Dylan tunes (‘Girl from the North Country’ and ‘One Too Many Mornings’) are outweighed by a larger heaping of Cash classics (‘Big River,’ ‘I Walk the Line,’ ‘I Still Miss Someone,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ ‘Guess Things Happen That Way’)..."
"...A man like this, a real country star, knows no boundaries in life or in music. Dale Watson is proud without being cocky..."
"...Before he took the stage of Central Missouri State University's Hendricks Hall on November 15, 1997, Ray Price had proved he could still sell out the house. The old building was packed to the last row of the highest balcony, mainly with the forty-, fifty-, and sixtysomething fans forgotten by contemporary country radio...."
"...The JayhawksMusic From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (American) Drive-By TruckersThe Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities): 2003-2008 (New West) Drive-By TruckersLive From Austin TX (New West)..."
"...Tear Time, Ted Roddy's first recording since 1995's Full Circle and the first under his velveteen-country Tearjoint Troubador guise, is perhaps best appreciated by toting up the numbers. Nine of its 15 songs are set in a bar, honky-tonk, tavern, dive, or establishment where one is likely to hear music with steel guitars and sad stories..."
"...Armed only with his ever-present shades, a few tiny cameras to capture the action (or lack thereof), and his paperwork (or lack thereof, again), Brügger untangles a ghastly daisy chain of sleaze that extends all the way from the Republic's highest political offices all the way back to a seemingly complicit E.U. Along the way, he meets with the country's associate minister of defense (a huge, French-speaking blob of a man who is later assassinated), travels into the bush to dance with drunken pygmies, and consorts with scum and villainy of the most wretched kind..."
"...• From whom are they taking this country back? I have a feeling that no matter how that "whom" is described, it will include me – not for any illicit connections or corrupt actions but because I don't talk about taking the government back and believe the whole concept is based on an ahistorical fantasy that at its core ignores the United States Constitution...."
"...Each will have a brochure with maps to the various locations. All will be offering tastes of their wines, and in most cases the winemaker will be there to autograph bottles or copies of the Hill Country Wine poster..."