Some more pics of Jack


I grew up playing honky tonks. 

-Jack Ingram


It’s not about rock music, country music- it’s about good live music. 

-Jack on honky tonk bars


I was workin’ under the radar for a while…


Love You: A fast-paced song where “love” humorously replaces another four letter word.


Maybe She’ll Get Lonely: A recently-dumped guy displays his false bravado


Jack talks to reporters at Country Thunder (a music festival in Southern Arizona- where I grew up) and at ACM Awards:

Gorgeous voices… and faces

Jack Ingram


He’s SO cool, and I (seriously) think I might be in LOVE with Jack Ingram!  I’ve been listening to several of his songs these past 3 weeks, and I’m NOT getting tired of them.  Jack’s sound is country-rock, as in raspy and rebellious, but it’s NOT over-the-top.  This experienced singer/guitarist has many devoted fans in Texas, where he began his career in 1992.  Jack (now 39) finally reached Top 40 country charts in 2005.

Some music videos:   

Barefoot and Crazy

Lips of an Angel

Maybe She’ll Get Lonely

Measure of a Man

Wherever You Are


Jack toured w/ one of my faves, Mark Chesnutt, a Texan with a very unique/pure voice.  Sometimes GOOD things come to those who don’t only rely on flash!


David Nail


This Missouri-born/raised country singer’s songs are deeply personal.  David Nail, who writes about his own particular failures and hopes, is an outside-the-box singer who will appeal to those who don’t usually listen to country.  His sound is somewhat melancholy and introspective; one of David’s influences is Vince Gill.       

I know what you think, here we go again
The same waste of potential that I’ve always been
I’ve been given chances and I’ve burned some bridges up
Had a million excuses why I’d self-destruct

But this time around
I’m a little more ready now
I’m a little bit older, a little more figured out
This time around
This Time Around 



This is David’s second chance in Nashville; in 2002, his debut album was NOT released by Mecury.  He took a break to coach baseball, but kept on writing songs, waiting for another try.   

In every frame
Upon our wall
Lies a face
That’ts seen it all
Through ups and downs
And then more downs
We helped each other
Off of the ground
No one knows
What we’ve
Been through
Making it
Ain’t making it
Without you
Lyrics from I’m About To Come Alive

Music Video: I’m About To Come Alive


Danielle Peck


I just heard about this NC-born singer recently.  Danielle (31) was raised in Ohio by a Marine family w/ musical talents.  She formed her own band after high school, worked as a waitress in Nashville, and wrote songs for fellow country singers before making it big herself.  Danielle’s voice is big and brassy, a bit like that of Terri Clark.   



Mica Roberts


I’ve only heard a few of her songs, BUT Mica Roberts’ voice is quite impressive and unique among the big sea of country women you hear these days.  You MUST check out her song w/ Toby!   

Things a Mama Don’t Know (duet w/ Toby Keith)


Josh Turner


This voice will melt butter, no doubt about it!  Josh Turner’s gorgeous baritone, not to mention his unassuming smile, will remind you of Randy Travis (with whom he’s performed before).  Randy has said that he’s “a big fan” of Josh.  Wow, now that’s an honor!

“The Visitor” (2007)


This is a must-see indie film about NYC, immigrants, and (above all) the importance of connection.  It’s a small budget film that packs a big emotional punch!  His role as Walter Vale, a lonely/ widowed academic, earned veteran character actor Richard Jenkins a Best Actor Oscar nomination at age 62. 


The Visitor was written/directed by another character actor, Tom McCarthy. 


Walter (Richard Jenkins) travels from his suburban home in Connecticut to his NYC apartment to attend a seminar (about global development issues) at NYU.  The mild-mannered professor is shocked to discover that his apartment is already occupied by a young couple in their 20s- a Syrian drummer, Tarek Khalil (Haaz Sleiman), and his Senegalese girlfriend, Zainab (Danai Gurira), who makes/sells jewelry.  These young people(both Muslim, BTW) are very embarrassed by the situation, but they have nowhere else to go.  Walter gives them permission to stay for as long as they need.  He is intrigued by Tarek and Zainab, two people a guy like him doesn’t meet every day.


Walter is also intrigued by the drum that Tarek, a joyous/big-hearted guy, plays in Central Park and little clubs around the city.  Tarek encourages the hesitant Walter (a classical music fan) to try the drum as well.  Soon, they are good friends, much to the chagrin of Zainab.  She often has a serious expression on her face, and we sense that she is nervous about something.  On the street, Zainab is wary of police.  One night, she admits to Walter that she and Tarek overstayed their visas (so are now of illegal status). 


One day, while getting on the subway, Tarek is stopped by two plainclothes NYPD officers.  “He did nothing wrong!” Walter exclaims with bewilderment.  Walter can’t believe his eyes when his new friend is quickly taken into police custody, and then to a detention center in Long Island City, Queens.  (Well, he is a Muslim man living in the U.S. post-9/11.)  Even more shocking is the fact that over 300 people are in that center, including children! 


Walter consoles Zainab by explaining that he’s arranged for an immigration attorney to handle Tarek’s case.  “He can’t stay in that place!” Zainab exclaims, feeling that being in such an environment will crush Tarek’s spirit.  Zainab can’t bring herself to visit the detention center, but Walter goes each day to check on Tarek.  Zainab is grateful for Walter’s help, yet deeply saddened by the turn of events.  Zainab leaves Walter’s apartment to stay with a cousin.


Tarek’s mother, Mouna (Hiam Abbas), arrives from Michigan when she doesn’t hear news from her son.  She’s surprised to learn that Tarek shared a place with Walter.  Sensing Mouna’s sadness and worry, he  insists that she stay in the apartment, too.  “You can use Tarek’s room,” Walter says.  He tries to make her feel comfortable during a very difficult time.  They share a strong connection as well, though it doesn’t turn romantic.    

Will Walter’s kindly efforts help Tarek stay in the US?  How will Zainab, Mouna, and Walter come to terms with the final decision?  Watch the film to find out! 

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