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1999 Stories by Marty Jones

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  • Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    published December 23, 1999

    Beer Wolf (not his real name) steps from his bedroom into his basement studio, a large glass jar in his hand. As he unscrews the lid and presents... More >>

  • Phantom of the Supper

    published December 9, 1999

    A front-row seat for the touring version of Phantom of the Opera may be the hottest ticket in Denver this holiday season. But if you can't... More >>

  • Jingle Beers

    published December 2, 1999

    Giving and receiving are the most important concepts this time of year. Unfortunately, for too many of us. those ideas translate into "buying" -- ... More >>

  • Wake-up Call

    published December 2, 1999

    When you consider his career and accomplishments, it makes no sense that Sleepy LaBeef is tilling the back forty of America's musical... More >>

  • Hooked on Phonics

    published November 25, 1999

    There's a reason the black leather jacket and the pompadour continue to stand as calling cards among lovers of Fifties rock and roll. After all,... More >>

  • Remembrance of Scorns Past

    published November 11, 1999

    The back pages of Colorado history are filled with hardy souls who conquered the rugged territory, who defied the odds with gusto. One of... More >>

  • It's a Family Tradition

    published October 28, 1999

    As a fledgling country musician, Shelton Hank Williams, aka Hank Williams III, is in an unenviable crossfire of high expectations that make... More >>

  • Never Mind the Bullets

    published October 21, 1999

    Bruce Hartnell, formerly of Los Angeles punkers the Detonators, has executed a drastic change in style. Instead of the three-chord crunch of his... More >>

  • Judge Not, Lest Ye Drink

    published October 7, 1999

    The Great American Beer Festival is the ultimate test of mettle. The three-day event presents about 1,700 different beers, making it the drinking... More >>

  • Ghoulish Pleasures

    published September 23, 1999

    Like many who have endured sexual abuse as a child, Jasmine Sailing grew up to become a troubled adult with low self-esteem. Like her abused... More >>

  • He's the Piano Man

    published September 23, 1999

    Pinetop Perkins is a man of priorities. Sure, there's a writer on the phone waiting to talk music, but the 86-year-old piano legend has important... More >>

  • Band on the Run

    published September 16, 1999

    Figuratively speaking, traveling musicians are used to taking the occasional shot from locals. But when Custom Made Scare toured Colorado last... More >>

  • Strung Along

    published September 9, 1999

    For the impoverished, ramen-noodle-eating guitarist dreaming of a better instrument, there's a no-money-down way to improve the arsenal: trading... More >>

  • Natural Light

    published September 9, 1999

    To the millions who adore her, Jewel Kilcher is America's songwriting sweetheart, a musical soulmate with an angelic face and karma to match. A... More >>

  • Born to Lactate

    published September 2, 1999

    When your professional title is "lactation consultant," things are tough enough. But for Laraine Lockhart Borman, director of the Mother's Milk... More >>

  • A Pint-Sized Problem

    published August 12, 1999

    For the consumer, it's a given--a pound equals sixteen ounces in weight, a gallon equals 64 liquid ounces, and a pint is sixteen of the same. ... More >>

  • The Information Flyway

    published August 12, 1999

    If you believe that "the truth is out there" but that it's being smothered by diabolical forces, Dean Stonier can help you. Since 1980, Stonier, a... More >>

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    published August 12, 1999

    To white-bread America in 1970, the blues was an alien form of music. Ignored by the folks on Main Street, the genre was embraced mainly by... More >>

  • Just the Good Old Boys

    published August 5, 1999

    In their heyday in the Seventies, Southern rock giants Lynyrd Skynyrd were the baddest of the bad, a devout hell-raising outfit that helped put... More >>

  • Dry and Mighty

    published July 29, 1999

    Earl Dodge could use a drink. That is, if he believed reports that a daily alcoholic beverage or two drastically reduces the risks of coronary... More >>

  • End Transmission

    published July 29, 1999

    Denver resident Dave Granger is a radio junkie who's not afraid to make waves in order to satisfy his addiction. So when the former disk jockey,... More >>

  • The Horror! The Horror!

    published June 10, 1999

    Back in the early Seventies, Ed Neal was a professional actor and part-time drama student at the University of Texas when a shoestring film crew... More >>

  • Hand Jobs

    published June 3, 1999

    For most of us, twirling a yo-yo for eight hours would be the ultimate display of slacker behavior. Not so for Denver resident Jon Gates, a... More >>

  • Flak Jackets

    published May 20, 1999

    Outside the St. Francis Center, a day shelter a few blocks from Coors Field, it seems as if the Colorado Rockies are drafting employees from the... More >>

  • What's Ike Got to Do With It?

    published May 13, 1999

    If Ike Turner's life were evaluated strictly on his musical contributions, he might be considered a pop-cultural saint. As an A&R man for a number... More >>

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