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Blues News ..........................................................................6 Tall City Blues Fest 2014 Sealy Flats Concerts ........................................................... 7 Wagner Noël Calendar..........................................................12 Miss Behavin’s Haven .........................................................13 Community Showcase.........................................................20 Events, Wine and Retreat


Health & Fitness ..................................................................14 What is Bowenwork? Salty Dog ............................................................................15 The Paragon Trail: Becoming a Soldier Blues Notes ........................................................................16 Remembering Freddie King Good Eats ...........................................................................18 Sam’s Bar-B-Que • Midland, Texas


Where Do All the Guitars Go?...............................................8


Energy Landscapes.............................................................10

SPRING 2014 West Texas Blues is a quarterly lifestyle and leisure magazine that explores West Texas communities and creates connections by reaching beyond the music into other areas of adventure such as art, leisure, nightlife, travel, entertainment, food and health. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Ronn Reeger EDITOR Lisa J. Grissom CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tim Kreitz COPY EDITOR Amanda Hart CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amanda Hart, Chris Robin, Mark Pollock & JP Schwartz, Sam Daulong, Beverly Wise, Marcel ‘Mac’ Broussard PUBLISHER Promising Projects, Inc. Cover Photo: Two Booms Back © Robert Flaherty ADVERTISING OFFICE 432-618-0705 West Texas Blues specifically seeks advertisers that are offering thoughtful products and services to West Texans. Find us on Facebook at /WestTexasBluesMag Follow us on Twitter @WestTexasBlues. To get West Texas Blues directly in your mailbox, go to Copyright 2014 by Promising Projects, Inc. and its affiliates. All content contained herein is copyrighted by its original creator and sources have been sighted where appropriate. All rights reserved.


this issue’s contributors Mark Thomas Pollock, Blue Notes

Mark Thomas Pollock is the proprietor of TransPecos Guitars in Alpine and lives there with his wife Mary. Previously, he owned Charley’s Guitar Shop and co-produced the Dallas Guitar Show, which he eventually sold to his partner. In the ‘70s, he played guitar for James Cotton, and also Freddie King while on tour with Clapton. He continues today to jam with friends like Jimmy Ray Harrell as part of the Border Blues Band.

J.P. Schwartz, Blue Notes

John Paul Schwartz is a full time osteopathic family physician. He is also a musician and singer/songwriter; his instrument of choice being the Hammond B3. In his spare time, J.P. hosts the Far Out West Texas Blues Monday show on Marfa Public Radio. Currently, he lives in Fort Davis and Marfa and can be heard every Monday night from 7:15-9 PM streaming live at

Marcel ‘Mac’ Broussard, Salty Dog

Marcel ‘Mac’ Broussard is a Louisiana native where he met his wife of 20-plus years. He has traveled the world, served in the Armed Forces and done everything from roofing houses to producing television commercials. His first love though is traveling the continent of his imagination to share adventurous tales inspired by his own experiences. His connection with the blues is a constant in his life whether it be while he is strumming a guitar or closing a business deal.

Sam Daulong, Good Eats

Sam Daulong is a connoisseur and creator of great food. He is a private pilot who has traveled the world over and can often be found indulging his creativity by crafting a new recipe, enjoying an eclectic cocktail, relishing in a good cigar or blowing a few notes on his harmonica. Sam lives in Midland with his wife, Sara, and their two boys.

Beverly Wise, Health & Fitness

Beverly Wise has been practicing energy therapy for more than 15 years. She currently runs a private practice in both Midland and Big Spring where she practices energy healing, including the Bowenwork Technique. Beverly lives in Big Spring with her husband, their three dogs and four cats. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren and traveling to the coasts with her family.

Chris Robin, Feature Writer

Chris Robin is President of Mazda of Midland and Sky Mazda of Odessa. He has worked in the car business for 21 years, mined underground and served in the U.S. Army. Chris has lived in three different countries, is an active community volunteer and occasionally plucks a guitar in his spare time. He and his wife Amy live in Midland and have two grown daughters.

Amanda Hart, Feature Writer

Amanda Hart is an All-State vocalist, a published writer, and champion drag racer who enjoys family, genealogy, reading and singing in her praise band at church. Serving in education for 14 years, she has a Masters in Educational Leadership and currently serves as a Campus Curriculum Facilitator for Ector County ISD. Amanda is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She lives in Odessa with her husband and their two young children. 5

Blues News Tall City Blues Fest 2014

This year marks the fourth year for Tall City Blues Fest and according to Fest Producer, Lisa Grissom, they have much to celebrate. “We’ve secured the future of the Fest,” said Grissom enthusiastically. “The first couple of years were rocky, but we’re on stable ground now and that’s very exciting. It’s also really exhilarating that the Fest is growing up during such a remarkably expansive time in the history of West Texas. Everything from diversification of our economy to downtown revitalization is changing the energy of our community and we’re really thrilled to be a part of that. “This year our headliner is Ana Popovic, who is a world-known guitar slinger. Then we have both Mr. Sipp, Mississippi Blues Child and Ghost Town Blues Band, the first and second place winners of this year’s International Blues Challenge who will play the Fest alongside more than a dozen other performers,” Grissom added. In addition to the 17 performances that will take place on Friday and Saturday at this year’s Fest, Fest organizers will also be hosting a Gospel Brunch on Sunday, July 27.

Ana Popović

Giulia Ciappa

Mr. Sipp, who performs at this year’s Fest immediately prior to headliner, Ana Popovic, will lead this year’s Gospel Brunch on Sunday morning. According to sources, Mr. Sipp, who’s given name is Castro Coleman, has been a performing Gospel musician all of his life before he started playing the Blues just a mere 14 months ago. “It’s been a real thrill to become part of the world of Blues and invited to perform our award-winning set at Tall City Blues Fest, and at the same time also be asked to honor my roots by hosting their Gospel Brunch,” said Coleman. For more information, times or to get tickets for this year’s Gospel Brunch, go to ABOUT TALL CITY BLUES FEST Tall City Blues Fest 2014, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, is a multi-stage blues music festival hosting award-winning performers across multiple stages. The Fest also hosts educational workshops, a silent art auction, a midnight spectator jam, and an autographed memorabilia raffle. It is the mission of the Fest to create irresistible fun in a familyfriendly environment.

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Friday, July 25 - A Night of Memphis Rock Island Rollers (Des Moines, IA) Annika Chambers (Houston, TX) Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen (Nashville, TN) Ghost Town Blues Band (Memphis, TN) Memphis Jam led by Ghost Town Blues Band

Saturday, July 26 Doubletree Indoor Jam Stage Johnny Long (Springfield, MO) The Blues Doctors, featuring Adam Gussow (Oxford, MS) Tas Cru (Chaumont, NY) Ruben V (San Antonio, TX) West Texas Regional Solo/Duo Invitation (TBD)

Outdoor Main Stage Performances West Texas Regional Band Invitation (TBD) Gregg Wright (Los Angeles, CA) Jim Suhler (Dallas, TX) Mississippi Blues Child, Mr. Sipp (McComb, MS)


Ana Popovic (Memphis, TN)


Too Slim & the Taildraggers (Nashville, TN)

Sealy Flats, located in San Angelo, is the only blues joint in all of West Texas. A single visit will only make you want to go back. We’re just sayin’!

May May 10

Simply Texas Blues Festival headlined by Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and featuring the 2013 International Blues Challenge Winner, Selwyn Birchwood 16 - Monty Guitar Tyler (San Marcos, TX) 17 - Mike Milligan & the Altar Boyz (Austin, TX) 23 - The Jeska Bailey Band (San Angelo, TX) 24 - JT Coldfire (Austin, TX) 29 - Guy Forsyth (Austin, TX) 30 - Section 8 (San Angelo, TX) 31 - Erin Jaimes (Austin, TX)


5 - Jonathon Mathews Band (San Angelo, TX) 6 - Dan Carroll & The Tone Pirates (San Angelo, TX) 13 - Andy Macintyre (Austin, TX) 19 & 20 - Erin Jaimes (Austin, TX) 27 - Jimmy Butler (Austin, TX) 28 - Ulrich Ellison + Tribe (Austin, TX)


2 thru 5 - Grady Champion (Canton, MS) 11 - Andy Macintyre (Austin, TX) 18 - Mike Milligan & the Altar Boyz (Austin, TX) 19 - JT Coldfire (Austin, TX) 24 - Ghost Town Blues Band (Memphis, TN) 25 - Mississippi Blues Child Mr. Sipp (McComb, MS) 26 - Annika Chambers (Houston, TX) 29 & 30 - Chris Duarte (Atlanta, GA)



Where Do All the Guitars Go? by Chris Robin, President Mazda Midland/Odessa Presenting Sponsor, Tall City Blues Fest 2014 It’s always struck me how guitar sales never seem to slow down. I mean, really, it’s quite extraordinary how many manufacturers of guitars there are, each with a vast selection of models. It’s like the ‘business math’ just doesn’t add up for me. I know many artists amass quite a collection of guitars, but still, haven’t you ever wondered where do all the guitars go? As my years of interest in guitars and Blues music have strummed along, I’ve been lucky enough to be on the ground floor of Tall City Blues Fest. My involvement with the Fest began the first year as a minor sponsor and, over the last three years has morphed into something much bigger. This year, I now have the good fortune of being the presenting sponsor for this 4th annual Fest. In one of my countless conversations with Lisa and Ronn(1) about the Fest, the question inevitably came up about how they acquire the incredible talent they put on at the Fest each year. I learned that one of their secrets of talent acquisition, not surprisingly, is in Memphis, Tennessee, on none other than Beale Street. Annually, there is a ‘not so secret’ International Blues Challenge (IBC), which is essentially a Blues mecca beckoning talent from around the world to come to Memphis and compete for the coveted title of IBC 2014 Winner. As I listened to Lisa and Ronn talk about this annual pilgrimage being a scouting source for the Fest, the root system of my interest in this spectacle began to take form. Before I knew it, our flights were booked and we were heading out. On January 22, the wheels of our plane hit the ground, our bags hit our rooms and we hit Beale. For the next three days, we roamed in and out of clubs listening to the intoxicating elixir of the over 230 bands that had descended on the legendary Beale. The cast of characters in attendance not only included the performers and thousands of Blues enthusiasts, but also Blues purveyors like Don Wilcock, the Don Quixote of roots music and biographer of Buddy Guys’ ‘Damn Right I Got the Blues’; Vinny ‘Bond’ Marini, host of Music on the Couch and with whom Lisa and I got to sit in as ‘couch kids’ and talk about the Fest; and Chef Jimi, Founder of the blog who incidentally drives a Mazda CX-5! 8

Festival Founder, D. Craig Smith(2) joined our ‘line-up’ on this trip, and for Craig and me, this was our maiden voyage. As we embarked on what would turn out to be a 100-hour passage, I later figured out why Lisa and Ronn have become so passionate about the Fest. Being on Beale Street during the IBC is like being at a revival where you get satiated with all the dialects of this musical religion and are still hungry for more. The first thing that struck me about Beale Street is the intimacy of this name that looms so large, yet is so small in stature… just a mere three blocks. We roamed from one end to the other countless times visiting venues with names like the New Daisy, Rum Boogie Cafe, Blues City Cafe, and Silky O’Sullivan’s nestled among classic staples like Hard Rock Cafe and B.B. King’s. The energy of it all made these clubs seem like cathedrals that had been erected like a pulpit for the powerful preaching of the Blues. The set-up for the event is simple. Every club, on this three block stretch of legends, hosts eight acts each night and performers have 25 minutes to wale, bend, face meld and be judged with the hope of moving on to the next round. From the perspective of a Blues lover, IBC is like the promised land. Imagine a wine connoisseur being able to stand in one spot and only feet away, in every direction, there are 20 wineries each serving their best eight wines every night and you have a ticket to them all. And then, incredibly, just as the evenings unlimited tastings are concluding, the best of the best assemble and make a blend that will only ever be poured that night only and never again. This is what it’s like and the best way I know how to describe the after-hours jam sessions. They usually really get cranking around midnight or so, but no one is really keeping time. Both players from the competing bands and the ‘heavy-hitters’ unite, and by ‘heavy-hitters’, I mean the players that are long past competing in their careers and are well on their way. Sometimes there might be a dozen or more of them on stage at one time all playing together, taking cues from one another and taking leads. Watching it all unfold feels like bathing in the foundation of youth. It seems impossible to not get lost in the alchemy of the music and the savory of the moment is made even sweeter by knowing that what you’re witnessing will soon only be a figment of your memory that can never again be re-manufactured. With more than 230 acts competing, it is impossible to see everybody, but there were a few acts that were a ‘must see’ because they were on Ronn and Lisa’s radar screen for the Fest. One such act was Castro Coleman, who performs as Mr. Sipp, because he is a MissisSIPPi native. Sipp was scheduled to perform at Rum Boogie and when we walked in for the show, the crowd was chestto-back. Rum Boogie is bequeathed with a spiral staircase, so we promptly made our way up thinking we might get more breathing room upstairs. We’d been up there earlier when we were interviewed by Music on the Couch host Vinny Marini, who had ‘set up couch’ in Rum Boogie, but now no such luck; it was just as crowded as downstairs. With the emcee already on the microphone, we knew the countdown had begun forcing our anxiety

up a notch because we still didn’t have a vantage point. An act of pure desperation, we headed back down the spiral staircase. Lisa was in front of me leading the charge and the next thing I know she just plops down right on one of the steps of the staircase. Brilliant, I thought! With me now perched just two steps behind her still leaving rooms for others to pass, we had a bird’s-eye view and arguably the best ‘seats’ in the house just in time for downbeat. I asked her about it later when we were back out on the street if that is what she’d intended when she headed downstairs and she said “No, I just didn’t know what else to do.” Necessity really is the mother of invention. Well, our efforts paid dividends because Mr. Sipp tore it up! He had the room rapturous! And the best part of the story that I got to witness was after his performance, Ronn went and made him an offer to play Tall City Blues Fest. Little did we know at that point that Mr. Sipp was headed toward winning the whole damn thing… that’s right he took home the 1st place winner of this year’s International Blues Challenge! And as if that’s not enough, one of our other ‘must-see’ acts was Ghost Town Blues Band because Lisa had struck up a relationship with the band’s founder, Matt Isbell, at the previous year’s Blues Music Awards. At her urging, we all went down to the New Daisy to catch their show and wow! Whoa! This six-piece band complete with a horn section practically blew the roof off the New Daisy. Their show was so high-energy that we were on the edge of our seats waiting to see what they we’re going to do next. These guys were not only talented musicians but also really great performers…it’s not a wonder they took home 2nd place at the Challenge. And you know what? After we saw their show, Ronn made them an offer too! If I learned one thing, which I did…I learned many, but among them is the realization that Ronn is a fantastic talent buyer. I totally get it now how hard it is to answer the question “How do you find talent for the Fest?” Somehow, just saying “Memphis” doesn’t really seem to satisfy the question. And while they don’t get ALL of their talent from the IBC, it is equally true that the IBC experience significantly shapes how the line-up for the Fest comes together. It’s about the whole experience: the competitors, the clubs, the jams, the showcases, impromptu connections made on the street and even the food.

over a Dyer’s burger. Well, let me amend that…ahem…Ronn and Lisa made a lot of decisions; I just provided input when asked. And even if they’d never asked me a thing, I was still as happy as a kid in a candy store just watching them and enjoying the indulgence of the moment.

So about those guitars, where do they all go? Well, I found out. On Friday morning, we attended the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) luncheon. While were waiting for the ceremony to begin, I pulled out my phone to scroll through the pictures I’d taken from the night before. That was when we’d seen Mr. Sipp at Rum Boogie. As I’m scrolling through, I get to that group of pics and there I see it! Guitars galore….guitar after guitar after guitar hanging from the ceiling all around the Rum Boogie. Then it all made sense. All dogs go to heaven and all guitars go to the Rum Boogie, jokingly, of course. Author Notes: (1) Lisa Grissom is the Producer and Founder of Tall City Blues Fest; Ronn Reeger is the talent buyer for the Fest. (2) D. Craig Smith is an independent geologist that accompanied us on the trip to Memphis. He is also a really fantastic guitar player…that’s why we call him ‘Slide’. To see a video of this year’s line-up, including Mr. Sipp and Ghost Town Blues Band, go to The Fest will be held in Downtown Midland-Centennial Plaza July 25-27, 2014. See Page 7 for the complete lineup. For more info on being one of 100 Festival Founders, of which both Craig Smith and I are, go to

Speaking of food, let me tell you about Dyer’s Burgers. Their burgers are world-famous and they don’t disappoint. Really, to tell you the truth, I was kind of sick of hearing about Dyer’s leading up to the trip. Secretly, I was thinking in my mind that Ronn and Lisa were embellishing these burgers a bit much, practically elevating them to gospel. I mean really, it’s a hamburger…how great could it really be? Well, I’ll tell ya’…they really are that good and deserve every bit of the acclaim they get. It’s funny how food can become such a significant part of a trip. We spent as much time in Dyer’s as we did anywhere, sometimes eating there multiple times in a day. It sort of became our “go-to-discuss-things” place and we actually made a lot of decisions about the line-up breaking bread 9


Energy Landscapes by Amanda Hart

Oilfied photographer Robert Flaherty in his home studio. Photo by Amanda Hart.

I was first introduced to Robert D. Flaherty’s landscape photography at First United Methodist Church in Odessa, Texas, where many of his best landscape photographs of waterfalls, mountains, rivers, and desert areas are on display. While I had known the rather quiet Flaherty for several years, I simply didn’t know just how truly talented of a photographer he was until I was invited to his home. Just inside the front door, I was met with some of his amazing projects that literally took my breath away. I was fascinated and wanted to know more. Flaherty grew up in Texas and Arizona, but has spent most of his life in the Permian Basin. His parents were educators; his father taught Accounting at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and his mother taught Political Science at Midland College. During his junior year of high school, his family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, located southeast of the Grand Canyon. “The Grand Canyon was a crazy, neat place,” Flaherty remarked. “Exposure to that area was a life changing thing. You go from here [Odessa] to a place in northern Arizona that averages more than 100 inches of snowfall per year. One year I was there, we had about 300 inches of snow. It was a crazy, different lifestyle, a life changing event, but I didn’t shoot photography at that time.” He completed high school in Arizona and then attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff before his family finally moved back to Odessa. Flaherty transferred to Odessa College and after moving to Lubbock, earned his degree in Marketing and Business from Texas Tech even though he had considered becoming a meteorologist. As a child, Flaherty had been obsessed with weather and began seriously studying meteorology, which he said was a “strange thing to do”. Flaherty always wanted to be a meteorologist, but according to him, “being a meteorologist is generally about sitting under fluorescent lights waiting to measure the temperature, humidity, and such every hour. It’s a governmental type job; quite a boring job unless you’re on the research end of it. The reality is, you’re just pushing paperwork.” While studying for his degree at Texas Tech, he learned that the meteorology department was located on the top floor of the business building. He admitted that he spent more time up there studying weather than he did studying marketing and business, but understanding weather patterns would eventually pay off for him. After graduating from Texas Tech, he and a business partner started a business in Lubbock recycling and rebuilding copier cartridges and performing maintenance on laser printers. Within two years, the company had sixty employees. “The business grew fast but never made any money,” Flaherty said. “It was a big lesson in what NOT to do in business.” 10

In 1994, he sold his interest in the business and made his way back to the Permian Basin where his entrepreneurial spirit and skills led him to set up the exact same business he had started in Lubbock, except this time, he marketed his skills solely to banks in the Texas and New Mexico area. The business thrived for more than twenty years and always turned a profit. He never hired a single employee even though he could have; he had learned that lesson in Lubbock. During this time, Flaherty began using his Southwest Airlines credit card to purchase the toner, parts, etc. each month for his business and that started him earning free airline miles. He could use these miles to get free trips outright, sometimes a couple of trips per month. “At the time, you could use those miles anytime you wanted,” Flaherty reminisced. “The airlines didn’t distinguish between two weeks’ notice, two months’ notice, or even two hours’ notice.” With so many travel miles available to him, it was then that he began applying his knowledge of meteorology and weather to his passion for photography. “Almost everything I do has something to do with weather,” he said. By keeping track of the weather patterns across the country, he could leave “just in time” to get the perfect shot. He literally had his bag packed and sitting 24 inches from front door so that he could leave at a moments notice. “My theory in photography is to leave at the very last moment,” Flaherty shared. “All I needed was a clear spot in my schedule and knowledge of what the weather was doing across the country. I could literally purchase tickets on the phone while driving to the airport to travel about anywhere I wanted to go. One morning, I had breakfast with my wife, and by lunch I was on my way to Portland, Oregon, to shoot photography.” These free trips helped Flaherty master the craft of landscape photography, but this freedom to travel changed when Southwest modified the way they awarded trips. Flaherty had wanted to be a full-time fine art landscape photographer for years, but there were 1,200 other people in country that wanted to be that, too. According to him, “There weren’t many people who were buying fine art photography, and it wasn’t a good time to be in that business.” However, he quickly learned he could combine his love for landscape photography and experience with the weather in the oil and gas industry to fill a niche. As it turns out, filling this niche is quite the understatement.

Because of a lack of interest in photographing the oil and gas industry, the market was left wide open for him. Flaherty claims most fine art photographers are environmentalists and they do not see eye to eye with the oil and gas industry and therefore won’t even touch it. However, Flaherty has lived in the Permian Basin most of his life and doesn’t see it quite that way. He is a conservationist in his own manner; he drives a 52 mile-per-gallon Toyota Prius, and he says “I take a lot of flack for that.” He also heats his home with pellet fuel, which are small pellets made from compacted sawdust and other waste produced from saw milling. This doesn’t mean he’s diametrically opposed to the oil industry, though. In 2010, Flaherty finally put down servicing laser printers for good and picked up his camera at a very strategic moment in camera advancements...a time when full frame cameras became available. Along with this new technology, he began using a tilt-shift lens. Famous photographer, Ansel Adams also used a tilt-shift lens to create his signature work. “The tilt-shift lens changes the way the focus is arranged,” Flaherty stated. “It’s like working with a Rubik’s cube. You’re able to change the angle of light for high resolution. It’s generally used in architecture photography, and while it’s been around for a long time, most photographers don’t use it because it’s hard to work with.” According to Flaherty, there are not many photographers still shooting on film because photographers can now shoot digitally at a much higher resolution than film allows. A photograph that was once taken at 20 megapixels can now be taken at 160 megapixels, which allows photographers to include incredible detail in their photographs. Flaherty proved this with a detail test out in the field. He took a blue marble with a stripe, sat it on a pipe rack and then photographed it from a quarter mile away. He was able to distinguish the blue and the stripe on the marble because of this use of super high resolution. Flaherty was then able to practice composite resolution, which is the process of taking individual photographs at high resolution, then overlapping the photos and “stitching” them together to create a panoramic image. His pieces are not simply a single snapshot; rather, they are a composition of eight or more photographs blended to emulate what the eye would see.

“The art in what I do is in deciding what to capture, how to photograph it, and when to do it. What I’m trying to do now is to take photographs that are technically perfect with regard to resolution and sharpness, combined with the art of being there. It’s really not a piece of art unless it’s set up perfectly. Severe storms move relatively fast and it’s hard to keep up. I’m having to make split second decisions about where I’m going to go to take these photographs, and I’m only taking photographs at extraordinary times. Part of the art is time.” Now, instead of using his airline miles, he travels by vehicle, going to scout oil and gas locations in advance. Once he finds something out in the field that he considers worthy of photographing, he simply uses his iPhone to take a picture of the object (pump jack, windmill, etc.) noting how the object is oriented in relation to where the sun will set. Then he makes note of the coordinates using a global positioning system and logs the object into a database where he keeps track of more than 75 objects he is considering for a photograph, if and when the weather provides an opportunity. Flaherty’s talent is matching a great landscape with extraordinary light. “Light in its simplest form is purely a function of weather,” he stated matter-of-factly. Most of the objects in his database are located in an area of the southwest that receives very little annual rain, and he will only photograph these objects during extreme or dramatic weather. He does not simply go out every evening to photograph, he goes out intentionally according to the weather forecast. “Every photograph has a weather forecast. Practically since I began doing this, though, we’ve been in a drought,” Flaherty remarked. One of the first things I noticed about Flaherty’s photography is the actual perspective, or point of view, of the composition. Flaherty has added a rack to the roof of his vehicle along with electric leveling jacks to the bottom. This allows him to take photographs from about fourteen feet above ground level. The jacks come down with the press of a button and level the vehicle to take the weight off the suspension in order to provide a stable platform from which to photograph. He also has a tall remote controlled tripod, where the center column extends up to 70 feet. In order to make it more stable he attaches six steel guy-wires. Today, Flaherty is producing images so large and high-resolution that each individual mesquite tree, cactus, and rock can be clearly seen in his prints. “People in the oil and gas industry love these pictures because there’s so much detail”, Flaherty said. “They could stand there for hours looking at everything in the picture, because everything in the picture means something to them.”

“You can get almost 50 times the resolution doing it that way, and photography becomes a work of engineering at that point,” said Flaherty.

He joked that after one particular installation, someone commented to him that given enough time to look they could probably find a rattlesnake in the picture because of the high resolution and clarity of detail.

Red Dawn © Robert Flaherty

According to Flaherty, “The thing about the art of painting is that a painter can lock himself away for two weeks in a room and create a masterpiece. The painter takes photographs to remember things, and then uses those photographs to recreate an event. Everything comes from

These days, ninety percent of Flaherty’s work sells outside of the Permian Basin. Most patrons find his work by simply googling ‘Texas oil and gas photography’. Flaherty recently sold some pieces to companies in Moscow, Siberia, and Canada. British Petroleum, in London, has a permanent collection of oil and gas industry art. One of their employees working in the Permian Basin saw Flaherty’s work, and recently several of his pieces made their way overseas to become part of this collection. Many people purchasing art from his website are people from the area who left generations ago, but the art reminds them of home. Several of his patrons are from New York and Michigan. One family in particular,

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When people see his work for the first time they think they’re looking at a painting rather than at a photograph.

his mind, while everything in my photos actually happened. I have to know when and where to go, what I want to capture, and then I actually have to be there.


to whom Flaherty sells art, owns mineral rights outside of Pecos. The family no longer lives in the area; now they live on a thoroughbred horse farm east of Austin. What makes the farm work, though, is the money coming from that little piece of land in Reeves County. Flaherty also earns money from his photography by licensing his images for internet or marketing use and he provides photographs for editorial and cover content to the American Oil and Gas Reporter, the largest high-end oil and gas magazine in the country. As for a finished piece of his art, though, Flaherty’s photographs are printed on canvas that is then wrapped and mounted on a Brazilian hardwood frame, making it ready to hang on the wall without the need for a traditional frame. Mounting the canvas is physically laborious, which is, in and of itself, very much an art and one that longtime friend Casey Orsak does for him. Orsak cuts the hardwood to size; miters each piece, and then puts them together with an underpinner that shoots ‘L’ shaped nails in the wood. Then everything is glued in a vice. The frame is three times as thick as what is normally used on a canvas providing improved stability and preventing the art from warping. Flaherty confesses that the prints are getting larger than he ever thought would be possible, and sometimes it’s hard to economically transport his pieces. While he has a trailer with forty-five individually upholstered slots, some pieces have to be transported by flatbed truck.

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is located between Midland and Odessa at 1310 N. FM 1788 and hosts a variety of talent, including Broadway shows, the Symphony, ballet, country, classic rock and comedy.

One of the best places to see a Flaherty installation is in the Cudd Energy Services field office, just south of Odessa.

Friday, May 16 - Mark Chesnutt, Collin Raye & Billy Dean

“Many businesses order my photographs in black and white with a touch of sepia as it brings out the contrast in the clouds and makes the sky darker, similar to Ansel Adams’ work. By ordering and installing black and white photographs, it brings a continuity between all the pictures, and it makes the job of the designers and art consultants easier,” Flaherty shared.

Wednesday, May 21 - Brit Floyd, The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show

Three amazing country artists on the Wagner Noël stage for one unforgettable night. Between the three of them, there are 35 #1 hits and 60 Top Ten.

Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it’s first show in Liverpool, England, Brit Floyd returns to North America in 2014 to perform DISCOVERY, a stunning new three hour, chronological musical journey spanning the entire recording career of Pink Floyd. Featuring the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, Brit Floyd’s musical performance will also be accompanied by original video and brand new animation, inspired by the timelessly brilliant work of longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson.

Thursday, June 26 - Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour Lightstream © Robert Flaherty

His work can also be found on display at Proteus in downtown Odessa (112 W. 5th Street) through the end of the year. Additionally, Flaherty is proud to have been invited to exhibit 50 large format pieces of his work in the McCormick Gallery at Midland College beginning May 15, which will be the largest ever oil and gas photography exhibit in the Permian Basin. The exhibit will run through late summer. Suffice it to say that doing something that’s never been done before means there isn’t anybody to emulate. Flaherty is making his own path and that’s just the way he likes it. One of his favorite quotes by Christopher Morley states, “There is only one success—to be able to spend your life your own way.” To view an online gallery of Flaherty’s photography or to purchase prints, go to 12

Starring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee, the pair are on tour to reminiscently resurrect hits from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. In 1980, Lee wrote the #1 hit song, ‘Lookin for Love’ for the Cowboy soundtrack landing him his first Gold record. Gilley has charted 17 #1 hits on the Country Music Charts and is a six-time recipient of the Country Music Awards.

Wednesday, July 30 - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell with the The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steve Martin of comedic fame and fellow native Texan, Edie Brickell, front woman for the New Bohemians, have teamed up to create a new album ‘Love Has Come for You’ for which they are now touring to promote. With Martin’s boundary-pushing bluegrass banjo playing and Brickell’s irconoclastic songwriting, this album is unconventional, yet inspiring. For more info or to purchase tickets for these shows, go to

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Blood Orange Mesquite Garlic Vinaigrette Sam’s Sin Dressing Sour Dough Croutons Sam’s Sexy Spring Salad


New Mexico Sweet Chili Mixed Squash Grill Pasillo Chili Prawns with Coffee Smoked Andouille Langoustine Macaroni y Quattro Formaggio Veal Chops Bayou Sam’s Bourbon Chicken


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Health & Fitness What is Bowenwork? By Beverly Wise

Bowenwork renews the body’s capacity for self-healing through a gentle and effective manual therapy that balances tension patterns in the body, resulting in a state of deep relaxation. Bowenwork was developed in the 1950’s by the late Thomas Bowen of Geelong, Australia. Bowen’s approach was to reset the tension in certain muscles and muscle groups by using a unique type of stretch-and-roll-through move, and then pausing between sets of moves to give the body time to begin its response. Bowenwork addresses the body as a whole because it helps repair not only the musculoskeletal framework, but also the fascia, nerves, and internal organs by restoring balance through the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. In today’s fast paced lifestyle most people live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode). Healing can only begin once the ANS shifts from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic response (rest, relax and repair mode), which the Bowen technique helps facilitate. The body’s integrated response to Bowenwork also improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, as well as enhances the assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of toxins from the body. Because of the gentleness of the moves it is appropriate for anyone from infants to the elderly. Are there specific ailments with which the Bowen technique can assist? Bowen sessions can assist recovery from many conditions including traumatic injuries from overuse or repetitive stress, arthritic pain, fatigue, ear and throat problems, TMJ, insomnia, depression, stroke recovery, ADD/ADHD, hammer toes, ankle problems, knee pain, a frozen shoulder, neck pain, headaches including migraines, allergies, hormonal irregularities, RSI, tennis elbow, digestive and bowel problems, and back pain.       What should I expect from a Bowenwork session? First, wear or bring light-weight, loose-fitting clothing through which the practitioner can work. Your health history will be taken including the reason that led you to visit, so that the practitioner can select the best Bowenwork moves to apply for that day. The practitioner places fingers or thumbs on the skin over precise points on muscles, tendons and other soft structures. A gentle rolling pressure is used to affect a change in the underlying tissue, which stimulates the body’s autonomic nervous system to rebalance. Once this occurs, the body can initiate a healing response on structural as well as energetic levels. The actual hands-on work may take as little as 20 minutes of the entire 60-minute session. After each series of moves, your practitioner will make sure you are comfortable and will walk away from the table to allow your body time to begin responding. During sessions, clients often quickly drop into a deep state of relaxation or sometimes even fall asleep. Are there a certain number of sessions required? Three to five sessions one week apart are usually all that are required for most sports injuries, work-related injuries, and problems brought about by long-term overuse. Clients with more complex conditions usually improve with additional sessions. Neurological and some other chronic conditions may require ongoing sessions for maintenance. What can I expect afterward or in between sessions? Some changes may be noticeable right away such as reduced pain, greater range of motion and an overall sense of relaxation or wellbeing. You will most likely notice changes in the following days as your body continues to process what began during your session. Sounder sleep and increased energy are commonly reported. Editor’s Note: To inquire further or schedule a Bowenwork session, please contact Beverly directly at 432-889-0262. 14

The Salty Dog The Paragon Trail: Becoming a Soldier by Marcel ‘Mac’ Broussard

It was pitch black out, despite the impending sunrise. We had been at it all night and lay flat on the ground awaiting our last challenge…the final 100 yards of the Paragon Trail. We were cold, wet and tired but there was no time to consider stopping. Tracer rounds shot across the smoke filled sky like a myriad of shooting stars. The berm in front of us was at least 30 feet high and the constant explosions happening beyond it made this invitation daunting. It was time to move. A deep breath wrung with sulfer, a quick glance later and we had begun our ascent. On the other side of this hill we were met by a field of sand, barbed wire, grenades and live machine gun fire. We were trusting that we were in no real danger, but the elements of danger still permeated our psyche. This was the final leg of the Paragon Trail and completing it meant graduation from basic training so we could become soldiers in the United States Army. As I lay there on the other side of that berm, a montage of thoughts from the previous ten weeks flashed through my mind. I remembered when we had arrived with full heads of hair and out of shape. Our accents and personalities were as varied as the American panorama, and unbeknownst to us at the time, we would leave less recognizable to ourselves than when we had arrived. We would be forever changed. I recall my first morning’s memory was waking up to the unified chants of soldiers exercising outside our barracks window. Those first two days were fairly uneventful as we were escorted to each point, signing for gear, learning basic marching skills and how to stand at attention. Niceties began to conclude as my newfound friends and I were brought into the barbershop where our heads were shaved and we got charged for the service. This final cut meant that preparations to begin basic training were now in place. Hospitality would depart in the morning, as would we, but in completely opposite directions. The next morning, ‘cattle trucks’, as they were affectionately called, pulled up to where we were standing in formation. Each recruit wore a full duffel bag on the front and a full duffel bag on the back (approximately 80 pounds of gear). Other than food and water, the bags bore the contents of everything we would need for the next 10 weeks. We, the ‘cattle’, were packed into the trucks. The door slammed shut, the handle on the outside hammered into clasp, the truck jolted and we were off. For 45 minutes the truck bounced forward, backward, left, right, like a bucking bronc. Then suddenly, the air brake spewed and there was dead silence. Moments later the truck doors burst open and 200 yards down the road was an assembly of screaming drill sergeants. Despite the distance, they were audible and we knew it was us at whom they were screaming. We quickly deciphered their message to run toward them as fast as we could with all 80 pounds of our gear in tow. When we arrived, we were winded like a scene straight out of a movie; the torment of basic training had begun. Directives promptly ensued. “Drop to the ground and get in a front leaning rest position”, known to the rest of the world as the push-up position. “Are you eyeball

f#%king me, boy?” was spouted like lava from a volcano. “Yes sir” was met with a berating response inches from our face tagged with “I’m no sir boy. I work for a living…I’m a Sergeant, you will address me as such! Do you understand me?” Despite the chaos, those drill instructors managed to coordinate our herd into three different platoons. Each platoon consisted of four rows of recruits with eight recruits in each row. After they verbally assaulted us to attention in our newly formed platoons, instructions were given. We were told we had walked alone outside for the last time and anytime we were alone outdoors we would be running…running to formation…running from formation. It didn’t matter as long as we were running. The only the time walking was allowed was marching as a unit in formation. We were instructed to make a right face, then file out of formation into the barracks with the first eight recruits filling each room completely without talking, the next eight recruits filling the next room completely and so on. In the presence of drill sergeants, the only talking allowed was in response to their direct command which in turn demanded that the response ended with “...Drill Sergeant.” If we talked, walked, looked left, right or failed to execute in any way, we had to start completely over. The right face command was given and the outcome was predictable. 100 men running single file carrying 80 pounds of gear and lacking the authority to talk, look left or right and you can imagine the chaos that ensued. By the third room an error was made leaving a ninth recruit in an eight man room. The drill sergeants pounced. Commands to “get out of the building” were barked and the initial attempt to reverse the flow resulted in gridlock. We finally got the back half of the group turned around and all headed toward the exit, being ever mindful to run and not walk. We fell back into the starting formation and actually felt pride in how well we had reformed. But, we all know pride heads the procession and is short lived. The next sequence of punishments revealed what type of understanding we were going to need over the next 10 weeks. The sergeants started to scream “Are you kidding me?” “Are you f#%king kidding me?” “Are you really this stupid?” “This isn’t where you started, you started down there”. They pointed down the road where we had first unloaded from the cattle trucks some 200 yards away. Since we were not in formation, it meant we had to run and run we did. There was no rest at the correct starting point where more drill sergeants ambushed us and yelled for us to go back in front of the barracks and fall into formation again. 200 yards again and we were back given the same instructions to run single file into the barracks for our second attempt. Exhausted and painful to inhale, it only took us five attempts that evening to each earn the top or bottom half of a 50-year old steel bunk as our reward. A bottom bunk would be my home for the next 10 weeks.   So here I am back at Paragon Trail…this racetrack of memories reminding me that everyone that arrived at boot camp would be departing changed, both emotionally and physically. The vast majority of us had changed for the better but not all. I remember one young man that “broke” in the third week. None of us ever had a chance to speak to him after he broke because, for him, there was no after. He broke, they took him away and we never saw him again. Actors may have credibly portrayed this phenomenon, but it is a gut-wrenching thing to actually witness in person. Now here I am laying belly down on the ground within the final 100 yards of finishing my basic training, and I realize that remembering this young man breaking is a way for my mind to reconcile why he— that broken soldier—could not be here with us on this hill. With live machine gun fire over our heads and grenades exploding all around us, this requires a mental toughness and resilience that only the proven can endure. Now, nothing could stop those of us who had made it all night on the Paragon Trail, and nothing could deter us from conquering the final 100 yards of our mission and officially becoming soldiers of the United States Army. 15

Blue Notes

Remembering Freddie King By Mark Pollock and J.P. Schwartz

Freddie King was hardly a mysterious character. A quick Internet search will yield the basic facts: born to Ella May King and J.T. Christian, September 3, 1934 in Gilmer, Texas…his mother and uncle started teaching him to play the guitar at age six…he was influenced by the music of Lightnin’ Hopkins…moved to Chicago in 1950 with his family... snuck out to Chicago blues clubs to hear all the blues greats including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Boy Williamson…and then moved back to Texas in 1963 to rejoin his wife and six children. But that’s not the story we want to tell you. We want to tell you ‘our’ story. Freddie had hits from almost the get-go. In 1953, he recorded ‘Country Boy’ which was his first song to chart, and then in 1960 he recorded the 45 hit single ‘You’ve Got to Love Her With a Feeling’ with King/Federal records. Writing with Sonny Thompson, a pianist, producer and A&R man, he proceeded to record 30 more instrumentals within a five year span, but when his contract with Federal Records expired in 1966, he found himself at the front and center of an American musical upheaval. In the late 1960s, rock music had suddenly ‘discovered’ the blues. The British Invasion had cut its teeth doing adaptations of Robert Johnson, Huddie Ledbetter (better known as Leadbelly), Elmore and Skip James, and even Texas Henry Thomas essentially modernizing their songs to appeal to teenage ears. According to Mark Pollock: In my mid teens, I made countless trips from my house in Irving to King’s record shop (no relation to Freddie) located on the edge of Dallas in Deep Ellum. Joe Lebow was the owner, and I would buy ‘cut-out’ blues LPs, most that never played on the radio. At first, I bought whatever caught my eye, mostly because of an artist’s name or the cool artwork. The cover of ‘Freddie King is a Blues Master’ is still one of my favorites. That shop owner began to notice my interest and he started steering me toward the best blues guitar players. Although B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Wynonie Harris were cool, their arrangements were all complicated and had orchestral backups so I kept coming back to Freddie King. For a budding guitarist, his music was digestable. 16

I devoured every song, lick by lick and ate up his timing and tone like a ‘Hall Street rib bone’. Fast forward two short years. My friend Jimmy Vaughan had moved to Irving to live with Donna, one of my friends from high school. One day, Jimmy told me Freddie was going to be playing in Dallas at this funky hippy hangout called ‘The End of Cole Avenue’. We got there early as Freddie pulled up in his Cadillac and boy was it was a spectacle! We watched while his skinny black bass player/valet/roadie unloaded all the gear and noticed that his other two band members were white guys like us. To top that, years later when I was in Lowell Fulsom’s band, I found out Lowell himself had been asleep out in that car in the parking lot. We went inside and when the music started, my jaw dropped. Freddie was playing song after song with unbelievable intensity. It was all the old stuff we knew, but we were awestruck because it had grit and an earthy power that you couldn’t get in his studio recordings. We knew those songs by heart, but not like this. Here was a giant of a man, sweat flying, wringing the life out every note. His sound shot out from under that cheap lighting and cut right through the smells of that club turning that place into a frenzy. Finally, we were witnessing the power of this thing they called ‘the blues’. Later that year, Freddie played the Texas Pop Festival, which was staged two weeks after Woodstock where he shared the stage with Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, Sly and Family Stone, Janis Joplin,

Chicago, The Nazz, B.B. King and other great idols. In only a few short months, he had breached that wall separating the worlds of gritty black blues from pop and it was a totally new sound to most of these kids. According to J.P. ‘Jalapeño’ Schwartz: The Pop Festival was not the first time I had experienced Freddie’s music. Before, I had only been able to hear Freddie through an open window standing outside a black club in East Texas. Back then everything was still segregated, so black owners couldn’t let any white kids in or they’d get shut down. But in ‘69, I finally got to see this guy on stage at the Texas Pop Festival. My friends and I had our own soul band with horns and everything, but we only played white clubs in East Texas and black blues music was never on the venue. We were good at playing the Muscle Shoals hits, but Freddie played them with even more fury. He had the licks and the voice at the same time. He couldn’t be topped. A couple of years later I found myself hitchhiking from my dorm in Georgetown to Austin to see Freddie again, and of course, he was smokin’ up all the great venues there as well. And now back to Mark: So now fast forward to 1973. By then, Doyle Bramhall, Terry Hall, Lou Bovis and I had formed The Nightcrawlers (the later Dallas version) where we played Mother Blues in Dallas constantly. Mother Blues was ‘THE hang’ for all the big visiting rock and blues stars. Freddie came in a lot. He would sit in and play with us, because we knew all his songs and then he’d go upstairs and play poker with the owners. These were some really great times! Then, two years later I get this call from Freddie and he said, ‘I just had to let my guitar player go, and I need you to take over. We’re gonna be starting this Clapton tour.’ Oh man, talk about the dream call! And I rose to the occasion! We were scheduled to be the opener for the southwestern leg of Clapton’s 1975 Summer Tour. I went down and rehearsed with Freddie and the band for a couple of days at the Empire Room on Hall Street in Dallas, then we took off on tour. The tour was totally wild and would’ve made a great motion picture, but sadly, no one had any idea that Freddie would be gone by the next year. A year later on December 25th, Freddie played the same room we once rehearsed in. It had now been renamed ‘The New York Ballroom’. Smokin’ Joe Kubek, who was now in the band was playing his very first gig with Freddie. Things went well that night, but after the show, Freddie said he was feeling terrible and had to leave. He died three days later; he was only 42. We were all stunned at the news and it was hard to get over because we’d all known Freddie so well. But look! I still have my crew shirt from that tour, and it still fits. Tightly. 17

Good Eats Sam’s Bar-B-Que Midland, TX

by Sam Daulong

We also ordered a Combination Plate, which comes with a smaller portion of ribs, a piece of smoked chicken and a couple of slices of brisket topped with pickles and a basket of fresh toast for sopping. When you order, I recommend you do what the regulars do and save them girls some steps. After you order your meal, just add to the end of it, “and some onions and peppers.” That will get you some fresh sweet onion slices and pickled jalapeño peppers. Only after ordering did I notice another man had a plate of real fried chicken. Dang! If I’d seen that, I would’ve ordered that, so I did the next best thing instead; I asked him for his opinion. “Sir, I was just curious, how’s their fried chicken here?” “This is what I get every time I’m here,” he replied without even looking up. So there you go…need I say more? I, for one, see a fried chicken trip in my future. Now, let me tell you this last thing. You may be tempted to devour your entire plate, but I have one word that will stop you in your tracks…COBBLER. This ain’t no instant biscuit canned-up stuff. It’s about four bites of bliss on a spoon, and if you get a small scoop of vanilla with it, you’ll make it five.

In Midland, the ‘pride of the east side’ resides on Scharbauer Road just past Lamesa. On the north side of the street you’ll find Sam’s Bar-B-Que. Entering Sam’s, you can’t help but feel a sense of familiarity like the kind of feeling you get when you walk into your grandmother’s house. The unmistakable green walls are a surefire clue you’ve just hit BBQ pay dirt. As a matter of fact, you can show just about any local a picture of the inside of Sam’s and they all say the same thing: “Yep, that’s Sam’s. I’d recognize those green walls anywhere.” A quiet distinguished gentleman by the name of Leroy Hammond (like the organ…the musical kind) has a small crew of men in the back setting the orders for Miss Tonya and her flock of young ladies that serve up the eats. In speaking with Mr. Hammond you really feel a presence of kindness. He seems a gentle man and having been at his ‘new location’ for only 30 years now hasn’t really changed him much. Miss Tonya, who owns her job like a pro, can practically order for her customers, which brings me to the reason I’m here…the food, of course. The special for the day is the Rib Plate: three nice sized, meaty smoked pork ribs with some potato salad and beans. Apparently, they give the ribs a small douse of their slightly spiced, sweet Memphis-style sauce at the last minute so there’s actually two completely different flavors. 18

Thank you Mr. Hammond and Miss Tonya. Lunch was better than I imagined! And to you readers, I’d suggest you fold this review up, put it someplace where you can find it and make Sam’s Bar-BQue a stop on your route when you come to Midland this summer for the Tall City Blues Fest. The dates are July 25-27. Blues and BBQ, baby! How does it get any better than that? Sam’s Bar-B-Que is located at 1113 E. Scharbauer Drive in Midland. Their phone number is 432-570-1082 if you need to call them for something.


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Aphasia Lawn Concert (May 30) A free concert at Grande Stadium Pavilion featuring a 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Rolling Stones performed by the the international Rolling Stones show, Satisfaction. These annual concerts promote awareness about aphasia, which is a devastating loss of language following a brain injury such as stroke.

Tall Townes Backyard BBQ (July 12) A second annual event hosted by KD’s Bar-BQ, featuring the Grammy nominated Americana group the Greencards, plus five other acts.

Christoval Vineyards & Winery Exploring the manicured grounds of this winery is stunningly beautiful with its French inspired Western Swing Festival (June 10-14) architecture. This eight-acre vineyard focuses A burger and beans meal kicks off this festival at on growing warm temperate varietals producing the Scurry County Coliseum chock-full of music wines such as the tempranillo, vermentino and and dancing from 12 different entertainers. mourvedre, a perfect outdoor escape for relaxing a glass of wine accompanied by occasional festival live music.

Marfa Film Festival (July 2-6) A five-day film festival in a remote corner of far West Texas. Enjoy drive-in style screenings of documentaries, animated films, music videos, experimental works and even long forgotten classics.

Terlingua Ranch Retreat A spectacular 360-degree view from two porches. Experience stunning solitude in an off-grid custom-built vacation home for $129-$149 nightly.


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