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Jim Dees

Lies and Other Truths: Jim Dees remembers Levon

OXFORD TOWN – Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees pays a moving tribute to the late Levon Helm – from his days with the Hawks to his migration to The Band to his casual solo career in a live setting in his “studio/barn” to his untimely death (losing a battle to cancer last month). Mavis Staples honored him at Oxford’s Double Decker Festival two weekends ago, and Dees takes the reins this week, remembering the great musician. Turn to Page 6 in Oxford Town No. 978 and check out Dees’ thoughts on a rock ‘n’ roll legend who left us much too quickly. (May 10, 2012, Page 6)

Jimmy Phillips releases classic songs on new CD

OXFORD TOWN – Proud Larry’s will host a CD release party tonight (Thursday, April 12) for Jimmy Phillips and the Ruminators with special guests, Rocket 88. Page 9 in Oxford Town No. 974 has details. (April 13, 2012, Page 9)

Kinky Friedman set for TMR and Proud Larry’s tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23)

OXFORD TOWN – In the 2006 race for Texas governor, Kinky Friedman, best-selling mystery novelist and musician, came in a close fourth on the ticket. Luckily for us (these days), Kinky is free. Free to tour and sip tequila and write books (a new mystery with Billy Bob Thornton) and record songs, including an upcoming album with Willie Nelson. Friedman is in town today (Thursday, Feb. 23) and is scheduled to appear on Thacker Mountain Radio at 6 p.m. at Off Square Books and later tonight at Proud Larry’s. Turn to Page 6 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town (No. 967) to read Jim Dees’ breakdown of Friedman and what to expect from the “gonzo troubadour” tonight on the Square. (February 23, 2012, Page 6)

Billy Joe Shaver plays Proud Larry’s next Wednesday

OXFORD TOWN – Country music legend Billy Joe Shaver lost parts of three fingers, broke his back, suffered a heart attack and had a quadruple bypass, had a steel plate put in his neck and 136 stitches in his head, fought drugs and booze and spent all the money he had and married two women a total of five times. Who is this guy? Find out on Page 6 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town as Shaver prepares for a show at Proud Larry’s on Wednesday, Dec. 7, AND a cameo appearance in Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees’ weekly feature “Lies and Other Truths.” (December 1, 2011, Page 6)

The Sixth Annual Hill Country Picnic cranks up this weekend at Foxfire Ranch

OXFORD TOWN –  The wildly popular Hill Country Picnic returns, featuring a venue change and tons of great local and regional talent set to rock the weekend away. It took pages 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in this issue of Oxford Town to jam in a veritable truckload of photos, schedules and other festival information — so, dig in, get comfortable and start reading. Also, you may want to start packing your gear now so you’ll have the best seat at the hottest Hill Country Blues Festival in the country. Kicking off the festival on Friday at 5 will be one of Oxford’s favorite singer/songwriters, Shannon McNally (pictured). (June 23, 2011, Page 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Lohan is an island: Sound and fury in L.A.

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – This week, Dees gets thrown in the drunk tank in L.A. How he got there and what led to his arrest aren’t important. What’s important is the fact that he’s sharing a cell with Lindsay Lohan (a huge William Faulkner fan) and the embattled CEO of British Petroleum, Tony Hayward. Read about this unlikely trio and what may be the strangest and funniest conversation ever in this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (July 8, 2010, Page 6)

Oil Sick: A sheen worse than Charlie

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – This week, Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees delves into the current oil spill disaster on the Gulf Coast and what appears to be a perpetual recovery effort in the region. Who’s responsible and who should get stuck with the cleanup tab? Check out this week’s Oxford Town for Dees’  thorough, witty and wise coverage of the tragic situation. (May 6, 2010, Page 5)

Wind Chime Wars: From tranquility to hostility

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees recalls a literal chime war in Paradise. It seems wind chimes are interfering with nature’s voice as it whips through the trees around his home. Check out Dees’ column in Oxford Town this week to find out how he, Trees and Wheels deal with an unruly chime neighbor who also owns dogs on steroids. (April 29, 2010, Page 5)

Spring Fed; Groundskeeper of Dreams

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – As we gather this weekend for baseball and boogie, a brief reflection on north Mississippi, this area, our dirt, this grass, our small postage stamp of native soul, is in order. In time-honored fashion, Dees’ neighbor, Smoke, went to Wal-Mart this week and bought a $150 mower and he’ll push it within an inch of its 3rd World/child labor/sweat shop/life. Check out Oxford Town this week for Jim Dees’ usual shenanigans as spring rolls in. (April 22, 2010, Page 9)

Why Texas still matters

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – Two news stories out of Texas this week demonstrate why that state can still hold a warm spot in your heart despite its many excesses. One story was actually an obituary for Coots Matthews, who passed away last week at age 86 and was known for his ability to fight oil well fires with dynamite. The other was series of stories out of Waco describing the aggravated assault trial of singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. Dees hilarity is on Page 6 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (April 16, 2010, Page 7)

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