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Song Of The Day: June 23, 2018

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From a Gram Parsons tribute album. Whiskeytown was a great roots group that featured Ryan Adams before he was Ryan Adams:

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Song Of The Day: June 22, 2018

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From Gram Parsons’ first album, GP, from 1973.  Nobody had really heard of Emmylou Harris before this.  Together, they performed some of the greatest duets in the history of ‘cosmic American music’.

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Delaware Political Weekly: June 15-21, 2018

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1. Will Wilmington House Delegation Suck Even More Next Year? All signs point to yes. Rep. J. J. Johnson, who doesn’t live in Wilmington, but represents a small portion of the city, is retiring. Regardless of who succeeds him, they will inevitably have huge shoes to fill. Johnson is among the best legislators to serve […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: June 21, 2018

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A mixed bag yesterday. The good? State employees will now be entitled to 12 weeks of family leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The neutral? The Budget Bill passed the Senate.  Yes, Colin Bonini was the only no. The bad: A constitutional amendment designed to put an end to onerous bail and […]

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Song Of The Day: June 21, 2018

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You might have thought that this was a power ballad.  Not in the hands of Gram and Emmylou. Written by Boudleaux Bryant:

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 20, 2018

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Some days suck more than others. Yesterday, the Senate voted down an assault weapons ban, with the Senate’s answer to the ‘Get Off My Lawn’ guy, Brian Bushweller, dealing the death blow to the bill, thus enabling weapons wielders to deal literal death to victims in volleys of ammo.  Whatever was Bushweller’s legacy has shrunk […]

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Song Of The Day: June 20, 2018

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When Gram Parsons was fired from the Byrds, he, along with Chris Hillman, who had had a hand in his firing (Parsons said he wouldn’t tour in South Africa b/c of apartheid, but he was also terrified of flying and had a serious drug problem), formed the Flying Burrito Brothers.  In many ways, The Gilded […]

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‘Tender Age’ Shelters: Warehouses For Babies And Toddlers

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Rachel Maddow just broke down on the air as this story broke: http://time.com/5316764/toddler-immigrants-tender-age-shelters/ ‘Tender Age Shelters”. What a fucking euphemism. The Trump Administration has been hiding this from the all of us. Three shelters open, with a 4th needed. Hundreds and hundreds of babies. Forcibly detained. In America. Oh, and then there’s the tent city […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: June 19, 2018

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It all comes down to Cathy Cloutier.  Today, the Senate will vote on a motion to (pardon the expression) discharge the assault weapons bill to the Senate floor for a vote. In other words, there could be two votes on this bill in the Senate today–one on the discharge motion, the other on the bill […]

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Song Of The Day: June 19, 2018

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Gram Parsons’ time in the Byrds spanned only the creation of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. In fact, by the time the highly-influential album was released, Parsons had already left the group. But the album is at least every but as much a Parsons album as it is a Byrds album, even though Roger McGuinn replaced […]

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Song Of The Day: June 18, 2018

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Gram Parsons was integral in incorporating the best elements of roots and country into rock music. Or, perhaps a better way of putting it, he turned rock fans on to the best elements of roots and country.  It didn’t hurt that, on his great album “Grievous Angel”, he had Emmylou Harris singing with him. He […]

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Song Of The Day: June 17, 2018

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Richie Furay’s tribute to Gram Parsons.  Poco as you may never have heard them before:

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Song Of The Day: June 16, 2018

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Well, this midnight thing only worked while I had the presence of mind to post something in the right time-frame. Hope you enjoyed it, maybe we’ll revisit later. Hadn’t heard this song in a long time, but XPN played it yesterday while I was on the way to work. This is for all you Johnny/Rosanne […]

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