Our Shaggy Dog Story

April 10, 2019

This is a long, anticlimatic story. Some people call those kinds of stories “shaggy dog stories.” I don’t know why but in this case it fits, though I would describe Audi as more woolly than shaggy. If I were writing …

Guy Clark

April 1, 2019

There is nothing romantic about Highway 79  on which Johnny Horton died  and they keep a shrine for Jim Reeves.  I rode that road in the wayback, my fingers pressed to safety glass that was keeping out the Texas. Jack …

The Aaron Sarlo Tapes: “My Jim Dickinson Story”

March 27, 2019

By AARON SARLO This is from one of the times I was at Ardent Studios tracking demos with Techno Squid Eats Parliament. We tracked a ton of demos, spent a lot of time hanging out up there.  At Ardent, they …

The Aaron Sarlo Tapes: “My Musical Beginnings”

March 27, 2019

By AARON SARLO I told you a lot about my beginnings as a musician, but I think I should fill in a missing gap. This is the story of Aaron Sarlo and Clay Bell before Techno Squid Eats Parliament.  I …

The Gibson Brothers, “Everybody Hurts”

March 27, 2019

Spotify figured out I’m not that Philip Martin (yay!)

March 27, 2019

Joni Mitchell in London, 1970

March 27, 2019

The Aaron Sarlo Tapes: The Story of the Dulcimer

March 24, 2019

By AARON SARLO For my 17th birthday, my uncle gave me a McSpadden dulcimer. He had asked me, “What do you want for your birthday, Aaron?” I specifically remember over-reaching, and asked for a [very expensive – $60] chorus pedal …

The Aaron Sarlo Tapes: “The Billy Gibbons Story”

March 24, 2019

By AARON SARLO This story takes place during yet another demo session at Ardent Studios. As part of our contract, we were able to record demos at Ardent whenever we wanted, which, in hindsight, was an awesome privilege. For this …

The Aaron Sarlo Tapes:“My Hero, My Gay Parents, and Vanilla Ice”

March 24, 2019

By AARON SARLO When I was 11 years old, I lived in Gilman, Illinois, population 1300. It was a one stoplight town, one movie theatre, with a cobblestone Main Street about two blocks long, surrounded by a sea of corn. …