Archive for December, 2011

Bill Moyers Speaks the Truth

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Bill Moyers’ back on TV Every Friday  — 8pm — KLRU-tv — Austin, Texas

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“The rich have the right to buy more gizmos but they don’t have the right to buy democracy.”

I sure have missed Bill Moyers’ thoughtful insights into our nation’s culture, politics and common life since he retired from PBS television broadcast journalism last year.

He returned to the campus of the University of Texas in mid-November to present the first Tom Johnson Lecture in the LBJ Library. Moyers, who graduated from UT in 1956 and went on to work with President Lyndon B Johnson in the 1960s, was ordained a Baptist minister in the progressive denomination at First Baptist Church just south of the university when he was a college student.

As our country reels deeper into the Land of Division, I often ask – “Sure would like to hear what Bill thinks about this.”

Enjoy Bill Moyers Speaking the Truth at

The promise of a new Bill Moyers television show next year also brings a big smile.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix & Alan Haynes

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Alan Haynes brings the Blues to Ginny's Little Longhorn honky tonk in Austin

A member of the Antone’s blues club house band for six years in the 1990s, Alan Haynes has played with blues greats ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker and John Mayall to Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Johnny Winter (who he cites as a major inspiration).

with John McAfee bass and drummer Nico Leophonte

Haynes plays a regular Sunday evening weekly gig at Maggie Mae’s Club in downtown Austin and – recently – every first and third  Wednesdays at Ginny’s Little Longhorn, the funky country honky tonk in central Austin.

Haynes has fun playing right up to appreciative folks in the audience who can watch his fingers glide close up.

Alan bought this guitar from Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1985 -- Alan honors it with his deft picking. Haynes' shows include right on covers of Jimi Hendrix songs like "Voodoo Child."

His website is being bolstered and looks promising. Haynes is also on Facebook and myspace.

Smile On as Jimi & Stevie Ray listen

Having Fun playing the Blues in Ginny's -- Austin's best country honky tonk

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