Hustle and Bustle of the Metroplex Shuffle 9-1-09
Esteemed writer Norman Maclean once said: “Eventually, all things
merge into one, and a river runs through it.” That’s an interesting
theory and is exactly what seems to be happening with all the many
cities that have sprung up here. And yes, a river, the Trinity,
does run through it...
Hath Charms 8-30-08
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks,
or bend a knotted oak, so said William Congreve several centuries
Axton: Artist Unclassified 12-9-06
Hoyt Axton was an endlessly talented entertainer with a unique singing
voice and a larger-than-life exuberance for living. And he was as
unusual as his name...
Most Interesting Shoe 11-2-06
... Then I remembered, the most interesting shoe I ever owned was
a gauze and plaster cast with a walking heel. This was not just
any cast. It was a cast that would be ogled by a pop superstar and
autographed by an Oscar winning actor and it would afford me a good
laugh and an ego boost in a troubled time...
Caribbean Escape 9-13-06
There are many wonderful places to escape to in our great state
of Texas, but today I would like to invite you to escape with me
to the Caribbean.
of the Best Interviews I Never Did 8-5-06
"...I only had a half dozen interviews to my credit when the
editor called and gave me an assignment to interview a famous country/rockabilly
artist who was performing at a dinner theater in Dallas..."
Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury: A Texas Connection
"...We knew nothing about Kristofferson then. We would come
to learn that his life was far more interesting than any song he
could ever write. Perhaps that's why he had to write them..."
Williams and Patsy Cline Still Mean A Lot 5-6-06
Although tragedies ten years apart ended the young lives
of Hank Williams in 1953 at age 29 and Patsy Cline in 1963 at age
30, they continue today as two of country music's best loved and
most enduring stars...
Springing Forward Falling Back 4-5-06
McEuen, Acoustically Speaking 2-3-06
"Few people who have seen John in concert, playing banjo,
fiddle, guitar, mandolin, etc., need an explanation as to why he
is called a string wizard."
Cat Named Lazarus 12-15-05
of Whine, Bear Grass, Nettles and Burrs 11-8-05
pastures of coastal Bermuda with horses or cows and even an occasional
emu, are common sights now in the rural areas around Athens, Texas.
...This area was a bit less tranquil in the late 1940s..."
Times and Fried Chicken 10-13-05
"... Were simpler times all that simple? ... When I was young
girl, if we wanted fried chicken at our house, we first had to grow
Told Him It Would Not Work
Johnnie High and his Country Music Revue
"...Lecil Travis Martin, who would someday be known around
the world as Boxcar Willie, was born in 1931 in Sterrett, Texas,
a wide place in the railroad tracks between Dallas and Waxahachie...."
© Dorothy Hamm
Column begins August, 2005
Dorothy Hamm grew
up in rural areas of southern Missouri and east Athens, Texas. She
now lives in Euless, traffic epicenter of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
A freelance writer for 25 years, she has written for more than 20
publications. She has also worked as a publicist, representing artists
from Texas, New Zealand, Congo and Nigeria. She has worked for Congolese
sculptor Augie N'Kele since 1992. Her hobbies include playing guitar,
traveling and making jewelry.