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Quote of the Week: "If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell!" declared Billy Joe Shaver upon induction into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame. He's now an instant candidate for U.S. attorney general.

Sonny Throckmorton ("The Cowboy Rides Away") and Darrell Staedtler ("Blame It on Mexico"), who appear on Compadre Records' new A Songwriter's Tribute to George Strait, headline Friday at Strait's original stomping grounds, San Marcos' Cheatham Street Warehouse. Tickets are $10.

Care for some rockabilly with your porn? "The Devil's Birthday" is one of three songs off locals Dave Biller and Bobby Horton's Texotica CD to be featured in HBO's six-part Pornucopia series. "Bobby's Nightmare," from 1999's Bobby Horton vs. Derek Peterson: 14 Jawbreakin' Hits!, also appears.

Austin Celtic Festival pariahs the Jolly Garogers will make up their abruptly shortened festival set 4pm Sunday at Mother Egan's. Free admission, but the hat will be passed for the Austin Children's Shelter. Cough up or walk the plank.

Because it's never too soon to strike while the iron is hot, Sony has reissued Los Lonely Boys' platinum 2003 debut with a bonus DVD and extra tracks, including Spanish versions of "Heaven" and "More Than Love" and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Usher's Confessions, one of the few discs to outsell the Boys in 2004, received similar treatment.

Baylor University is seeking submissions for its Diadeloso Music Festival April 14 in Waco. Ten bands will be selected to perform for a $10,000 grand prize. Applications and a $50 entry fee are due by Dec. 31; see or call 254/710-3322 for details.

"TCB" and Houstonians everywhere lost a significant part of our heritage last Friday when Clear Channel flipped longtime Bayou City album-rock heavyweight KLOL-FM to a Latin pop format. Good night, Outlaw Dave, wherever you are.

More Bad News: Wu-Tang Clan cornerstone Ol' Dirty Bastard, 35, collapsed and died Friday at a Manhattan recording studio. The voice that uttered the immortal "I don't have no problem with you fucking me, but I have a little problem with you not fucking me" will rhyme no more.

On-and-off Austinite Luke Wilson, recently glimpsed enjoying Velvet Revolver at the Austin Music Hall, hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend with musical guests U2. Much, much more on the Best Band Ever next week.

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