Beached Struggles Hang On to Good Vibes (Patch)—Thousands journey to the Alabama shoreline for three days of music in a mind-bending paradise, where the emotions and conflicts that come with rock ‘n’ roll and simply being human emerge fully from their shell to dance, sing and reconcile.
Blessings and Luck Pave Path to Live Music Headquarters (Patch)—The Thursday night streets of Austin, Texas are lifting the bar high for the three-day musical jubilee that’s to follow. Floods of locals and temporaries are roaming on foot or by pedicab to the next thing that smells yummy, looks pretty or sounds enticing. In one particular joint, on the city’s renowned, nightlife-driven Sixth Street, local favorite Swamp Sauce is grooving behind a freewheeling, harmonica-playing frontman. Despite being together for a few years and playing countless dozens of gigs, all four members exude sweat, precision and passion for their blues originals and covers for the entirety of a three-hour set. Freewheeler shouts to the congregation, “How many of y’all are here for Austin City Limits?” The question is worth the majority raising their glasses.
Cracker Queen’s New Book Set for 2014 (Patch)—The chapter Lauretta Hannon is working on now for her upcoming book is about scars. Hannon—a 43-year-old resident of Powder Springs who has enjoyed literary success following the 2009 release of The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life—had a form of skin cancer years ago, causing a scar on her forearm.
Fan Talks with Pattinson About Chattanooga (Chattanooga Times Free Press)—When Greg Mason, a cigar salesman for the Chattanooga Billiards Club, walked into work at 7 p.m. Saturday, he was told there would be a “special party” happening on the building’s second floor.
One of Gainesville’s Made-It Rockers Chronicles the Petty Days (Our Town magazine)—Anyone who has called Gainesville home for even the briefest glimpse has likely heard the scattered icons that the city contributed to rock ‘n’ roll.
The Jam’s Grand Finale Set for Dec. 5 (Gainesville Sun)—The Jam music venue and bar, the host of hundreds of bands and other acts from across the country in its two-plus years, is set to have its sunset show on Dec. 5. “That will be a big blowout,” co-owner Eduardo Arenas said of the grand finale that will feature performances by Gainesville groups Savants of Soul, the Duppies, Flat Land and Morning Fatty. “At that point, we will be closing doors at The Jam for the rest of the year.”