Triple Played: We’re not outside Kansas anymore, Toto, and we like it

Here are a few odds and ends for a Friday.

I just returned from a long road trip/disc golf vacation to Emporia, Kansas, with five of my best friends in the world.

It was my first trip to Kansas and I was impressed by the stark beauty of the plains, and the Flint Hills. But most impressive was the incredible hospitality of the good folks in Kansas. Everybody seemed to be infected with it.

It also was nice to have an iPod full of great music to get us down the road. ZZ Top would get the favorite nod from the group followed by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Music is a critical item to have on a road trip, and all of those bands are great to listen to when you are on the road.

Of course, there was a dose of classic rock ‘n’ roll thrown in for good measure. All in all, it was a great time.

Lately, I have been listening to the new Rodney Crowell CD “Tarpaper Sky,” and I really like what I hear. It is more like the Crowell from the early 1980s than his efforts from the new millennium.

“Most Messed Up,” the new release from the Old 97’s, is full of that band’s classic honky-tonk meets the Clash sound. Rhett Miller and the band have been at this for 20 years now and they are as tight as ever.

The 12 songs on this recording are as good as anything the Old 97’s have ever released.

I also like Natalie Merchant’s self-titled newest release. I always have been a fan of her song-writing and most of all her singing ever since I first heard her in 10,000 Maniacs. She has a sultry, mesmerizing voice that at times is haunting and almost always irresistible.

This weekend, May 9–11, is the Art and Music Festival on Main Street in Grand Junction. This is the first year it is not a jazz music-only event with headliners Firefall and Carrie Rodriguez as well as local favorite Bobby Walker Blues Band featuring Paul Schneider. They will be joined by Alycia Vince Jazz Quartet, Ethyl and The Regulars, Josefina Mendez, Shea Bramer and Jordan Soul.

One of the festival’s four stages will be in the breezeway right across the street from Triple Play Records, and I am excited about the music for the first time in a few years.

I think it was a wise move for the powers that be to enlist the help of Ron Wilson and Sandstone Concerts for this event.

This weekend also marks Triple Play Records’ 26th anniversary, and we will be offering quality vinyl records for $2 each during a three-day sidewalk sale as a thank you to our customers for their support since 1988. There also will be tapes and CDs available.

This is only our second year for this sale, but we plan on doing this every year as long as our inventory holds out. It is a chance for you to get a big bang for your buck on some great vinyl for your listening pleasure.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on the Vault 100.7 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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