Hearsay: Wednesday, November 5, 2003
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Locke, Stock, and Three Smokin’ Barrels

Boy, that Tim Locke must be going through one helluva personality crisis — not only is the gifted singer-songwriter (and the guy all the other singer-songwriters look up to, like a big brother) still putting the finishing touches on his straightforward Americana LP, he’s pulling forces together to help him put on a) a country act and b) a rock outfit. Well, you say, most of Locke’s singer-songwriter stuff is rockish, so what’s so different about this new rock band? Man, if you’ve only seen him sitting in his chair at “Acoustic Mafia” and haven’t seen him rock out like he does with Zac Maloy, then you really can’t smell what HearSay’s cookin’. A double plus: Locke’s been working with Sugarbomb’s Daniel Harville, a monster of rock if ever there was one. Not one to give secrets away, but the as-of-yet unnamed band will be making an appearance this Friday at one of the Big Three venues in town. You’ll just have to get on your smart horse and figure out where. (Hint: If you’re looking in the phone book, you’ll see the name at the top of the directory.)

Let’s Get Something Straight

HearSay faces this question all the time: Why are you always so “nice” in your columns. Well, here’s the deal: Life — and space in this paper — are too short for your columnist to be writing about shitty local bands. That, and no one really benefits from HearSay taking a verbal dump on some crappy outfit: the band gains nothing, ‘cause, more than likely, the musicians will take offense to HearSay’s acerbic wit and profound insight and merely retrench deeper in their shite; and the reader really gains nothing, ‘cause not only are perennially independent-minded Weekly readers inclined to listen to what they want to — no matter what anyone says — these smart, attractive, extremely successful rich folks would really be able to see right through superficial HearSay. This HearSay wouldn’t be writing about shitty bands to make a point; but just to show off — a la The Observer’s Zac Crain — its mean and traditionally critic-like stripes. This HearSay would be one of those career ladder-climbers. This HearSay would not be the writer you know and loathe.

ROK N TX

That fancy Texas Music Office is up to its old revenue-generating tricks again. Now they’re offering “Enjoy Texas Music” license plates ... for the tiny fee of $30 per year (or $70, if you get your plate personalized). The money does go toward a good cause: helping Texas youngsters, uh, enjoy music. Seriously, money from the plates will either go to a program that will finance the purchase of instruments or sheet music for poor students or to lessons. Good folks, those Texas Music Office people. They’d probably be glad to talk to you about your potential purchase. Just call 512-463-6666 or e-mail music@governor.state.tx.us to hear their shiny, happy voices. Enjoy.

Contact HearSay at hearsay@fwweekly.com.

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