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Amazing Grace: The Willie Nelson Story

KUT in Austin did a great job with a new radio documentary, Amazing Grace: The Willie Nelson Story with the full audio available from their website. Most surprising: Nelson’s virtuosity as a songwriter and influence of jazz phrasing even in the early stages of his career. An interesting anecdote, the version of events that lead to Patsy Cline recording Willie Nelson’s Crazy differs from that of Cline’s biographers; Cline reportedly refused to sing the song until she heard Nelson’s original demo; in Cline’s bio, her arranged slowed it down and arranged it into a ballad.

Amazing Grace: The Willie Nelson Story – has already won two National Headliners Awards including this year’s Grand Prize for Radio. Now, the New York Festivals have recognized the show with a Gold World Medal for best U.S. Radio Documentary.

Nearly a year in the making, the program features rare music plus interviews with, among others, Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp, Ray Price, biographer Joe Nick Patoski, Willie’s best friend and closest confidante (his sister, Bobbie), and the man himself.

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Hunting Alligator Gar in the Trinity River

Photo: Bass Pro Shops

… in recent times, alligator gar have experienced a kind of trash-to-trophy renaissance as sportsmen discovered the thrill of hunting the beasts, which can weigh up to 300 pounds and reach 8 feet in length. Gar hunting, with rod-and-reel as well as crossbow, has spawned a booming market for guides who charge as much as $750 a day to lead their clients deep into the muddy backwaters of Texas where the monster fish thrive.

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