To the Editor:
When my band, the Brooklyn Cowboys, played Memphis last weekend, Chris Davis was kind enough to mention us (Sound Advice, June 6th issue). While Davis had mostly good things to say, your readers would've been better served if he had done his homework more thoroughly.
Davis questioned whether we were too citified to play real country music. He wrote that, on our last release, our singer "sounds like a parody of a spoof of a send-up of Hee Haw, with singers employing the kind of Southern accents you only find on reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard."
Had Davis read our press kit, he would've known that the band is now based in Nashville, and said singer, Brian Waldschlager, is from Knoxville (voted best male singer in Knoxville, 1997), and Brian does indeed speak, and sing, like a parody of a spoof of a send-up of Hee Haw, with an accent you might find on The Dukes of Hazzard -- and that's why we love him!
We thank Davis for his positive words about us, and I hope now that he knows the facts, he will allow himself to enjoy our last CD, The Other Man in Black/(The Ballad of Dale Earnhardt), and forthcoming full-length studio CD, Dodging Bullets.
The Brooklyn Cowboys
To the Editor:
I thank you for George Shadroui's article "A Son's Lament" (Viewpoint, June 13th issue). My father passed last November and my uncle last December. These were the only two men who knew me well since birth. They were my supporters, my cheerleaders. They taught me so much. They were good men, not perfect, but I knew they loved me, and I miss them both very much. It was my intention to go to the cemetery when I read the article. It's been hard as we approach Father's Day, but I am grateful for Shadroui's honesty. The article put into words much of what I am feeling. For that, again I say thank you.
To the Editor:
I picked up your paper the other day and came across a picture of Corey Feldman (Music Feature, June 6th issue). I immediately smiled, knowing that I was about to read something really funny about Feldman and his music. But my joy slowly turned to confusion as I read on and came to the conclusion: "This isn't funny." I mean, the quotes from Feldman about Corey Haim were enough to get a good laugh from me, but I was extremely disappointed in the writing style.
I was expecting better things from the Flyer. Maybe a call to arms for everyone to attend the concert and yell, "Sing another one, Mouth" or "Corey Haim rules." Instead, I read an insightful piece about Feldman and his desire to be taken seriously -- and the Flyer fell for it. The article took Corey Feldman seriously! Is there no satire left in these pages? Do you realize the rock musician who sounds like a "cross between the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, and Eminem but with a heavy, straightforward rock-and-roll edge" is Corey Feldman?
Unfortunately, I was out of town and unable to attend the concert, but I truly hope he was severely mocked. If not, then I am blaming this paper for not inciting something that needed to happen.
To the Editor:
I was a bit offended recently when I read the condescending remarks some journalists made about Memphians' desire to be recognized as "big-time." We have suffered these "backwater" references going back at least to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I visited Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville in the past two weeks and noticed the absence of people carrying and talking on cell phones. In Memphis, store check-out lines are cell-phone talk centers. I am not sure why there is such pervasive use of cell phones in every forum here, from schools and businesses to social gatherings, including church.
I believe this cell-phone prevalence deserves to be noted while we are patting ourselves on the back as equal to the rest of the big-timers. Is it also time to become equal with government-imposed restrictions? Is there not someplace we can voluntarily turn them off?
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