This marks my first post on the ATB website. I am happy to be a part of something that deals with my biggest passion in life--music.

The latest CD that has my head spinning is Thad Cockrell and Caitlin Cary's (formerly of Whiskeytown) effort called Begonias. It is as soulful and deep as their roots in the genre of alternative country. Don't know if they are touring or just recording together but this is a must listen.

Before that but still getting lots of play is Mile Markers by the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. Another 2005 release, this Texas style country music CD is as good as any put out by the man in black himself, let alone their contemporaries that pale in comparison. Surprisingly enough, BSOJC will be in Manhattan this Tuesday at PJ's. Jarred Pete Gile and The Pembertons are joining them for what promises to be a rockin night of country influenced music. You will find me there.

Speaking of Pete, I got to see him finally. I have been hearing about him quite a bit and his show at Bobby T's was well attended. He played two new songs in a row--one about a drunk neighbor--that were kick ass. I bought the CD and like it too. Hope he gets a new CD out soon.

I am looking forward to a helluva week of music in these parts. The aforementioned show on Tuesday is followed by the Randy Rogers Band on Wednesday at Longhorns. Of course the ATB will be heading down to the Harbour on Sunday in Lawrence. Hope to see you all around somewhere. CG

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