Hello and welcome to my linkin' blog. My name is Andrew (a.k.a. Sauce) and I am a 34-year-old Southern guy with a love of film, music, art, theater, technology and The Muppets. Since I was already in the habit of emailing a lot of my friends and family with nuggets of the web, this format allows me to do just that. Read it or not, there's always gonna be something here that piques my interest that I felt was worth sharing with y'all.
If you enjoy classic, psychedelic folk rock, you NEED to give Jonathan Wilson’s music a listen. He’s is credited with updating the “Laurel Canyon” sound, which initially helped define musical acts in the 60’s and 70’s such as The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash, among many others. Wilson has collaborated with a who’s who of artists over the 5-6 years and has gone onto produce the first two albums by Dawes and the debut album of Father John Misty last year. I first learned of Wilson’s solo work by happy accident after hearing an interview with him on NPR's “All Things Considered” about 2 years ago when his album “Gentle Spirit" was released via Bella Union and which turned out to be one of my favorite albums of 2011. Anyway, here’s a teaser for his upcoming album “Fanfare”, which will be released on October 15th. You can also hear a full track from the album here.
On Monday, August 26th, 2013, Spartanburg, South Carolina lost a local legend. John Cecil “J.C.” Stroble, a man that worked for 57 years at The Beacon, a famous local restaurant known for its plates piled high with greasy food and probably the most cloyingly sweet tea on the planet. In my 7.5 years of living in this city and hearing stories about this community’s history and the laundry list of people who achieved fame in the music business or as celebrities in Hollywood, no one was more talked about that this man. Mainly because he stayed here and managed to meet presidents and other visiting dignitaries as they stopped by The Beacon for a meal and host a rally. He worked hard, lived a happy life with his wife, raised 4 children who all graduated from college and despite being color blind and later being diagnosed with glaucoma, he remained a presence at the counter, eager to holler out your order to the busy kitchen staff when you stepped up beside him. He was humble and saw the good in all people, regardless of their differences. Even though I haven’t eaten at The Beacon in just over 4 years, this man will continue to hold a special place in the hearts & minds of many Spartanburg citizens. My condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers during this time of loss. We’ll miss you, J.C.! Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal It!