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The Whiskey Sisters

Posted by Deborah Orazi on January 14, 2013 at 1:35 AM

It's Thursday Happy Hour at the Continental Club and the place is packed.

I quickly notice, however, that this isn't your usual mixed crowd of music lovers. Sure, there are plenty of women scattered about, but surrounding the stage are a sea of males clutching beer bottles, rapt faces turned upward toward the source of the music.

Seemingly bewitched.

This may have something to do with the two women singing like a couple of sirens on stage.

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C. Hunt's Ice House

Posted by Deborah Orazi on July 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It's 7 p.m. and the temperature is still hovering near the century mark when I pull into the

 parking lot at C. Hunt's Ice House in North Austin.

Lured by the prospect of hearing some honky-tonk tunes from Roy Heinrich and the Pick-Ups, I willingly risked heat stroke driving in my un-air-conditioned Miata while the sun was still out.

 Heinrich and Co. don't disappoint and I survived, cooled by a $2 can of Diet Coke - the same price as the beer, but a bargain when y...

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My Name is Jimmy Lloyd

Posted by Deborah Orazi on April 14, 2011 at 7:34 AM


It was three days into SXSW Music 2011 and I was on my way to the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin on an unseasonably hot day to pick-up singer/songwriter/TV host Jimmy Lloyd for an interview.

His is a remarkable success story and I’m curious to hear the details of it from the man himself while he’s in town checking out artists, possibly for the NBC-TV show in New York that bears his name, ‘The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase’.

“I came t...

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Remembering Pinetop

Posted by Deborah Orazi on March 23, 2011 at 7:58 AM

When I moved to Austin seven years ago, one of the things I couldn’t get over was seeing Pinetop Perkins around town.

 Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’ Perkins, one of the original Delta bluesmen. Muddy Waters’ piano player. A guy who had recorded for Sam Phillips in Memphis.  Grammy winner.   

There he was sitting alone at a table at the Broken Spoke,an assortment of his CDs spread out in front of him for sale. I was surprised to see ...

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