Fans of John Prine will appreciate the sharp storytelling of Abe Partridge—an emerging Alabama folk singer with a knack for spinning gritty gothic tales and a rich gravelly voice akin to Tom Waits.Background: At 37, Partridge has already lived quite an interesting life. He moved to Kentucky in his 20s and studied to be an evangelical minister. When the calling faded he joined the Air Force and served in Qatar. After returning home to Alabama, he started indulging the urge to share some of his experiences in song, blending a mix of influences that range from grunge to blues masters like Son House. A performance at the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout led to Nashville connections and the recording of his first record, White Trash Lipstick, which came out in 2016. Partridge’s second record, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days, was released in January.Key Tracks: “Ride Willie Ride” is a mellow twangy rumination about past mistakes that pays tribute to another one of Partridge’s influences, Willie Nelson. The distorted “I Wish I was a Punk Rocker” comes more from the Jack White side of the roots spectrum, as Partridge delivers a hillbilly-garage stomper about feeling like a misfit.See Him: Partridge mainly plays around home in Mobile, Ala., but he’s starting to venture out to folk-friendly rooms around the South. He’ll play Tybee City Limits in Tybee Island, Ga. (June 9) and Barley’s Taproom in Knoxville, Tenn. (July 3).
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWealthy celebrities should put U.S. firstCan anyone tell me why the celebrities in this country all donate their money and time to other countries when there is so much need in the United States?I was reading in the Parade section of our paper how Matt Damon is the co-founder of Water.org.There are so many Native Americans without water and they have to have it trucked to them and they have to make do with a few gallons a day if that much. They cannot afford to dig wells, as it is cost-prohibitive for people who have basically nothing. Why do none of these individuals help the people whose land we stole from them?Just once I would like to read where someone is trying to help the Native Americans and the poor people of this country. We have a lot of children going to bed hungry and thirsty, and I am tired of reading about how these millionaires and even billionaires are helping people in other countries.How about it folks, anyone think like I do that they should use that old adage “Charity begins at home?”Wanda HunterSchenectadyDems should get heads out of sandIn her Dec. 24 letter (“Republicans: Stop defending Trump”), Mary Baker accuses Republicans of hiding their heads in the sand. It makes me wonder if she watched the Democratic debates.I can’t believe anyone would want any of those bumbling idiots running our country.President Trump has exposed the Washington swamp for what is. And yes, some people refuse to recognize that. Our state government is as corrupt as Washington and still Cuomo gets voted back into office. Why, it escapes me.Why the Trump critics overlook the Biden scandal, I don’t understand. Pot-smoking boneheads like Hunter Biden don’t get appointed to a million-dollar-a-year job they know nothing about.If these Trump critics have such expertise on corruption, how have the Clinton’s gone unnoticed?James RennerStillwaterMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Laurel, In. —A two-car crash in the Laurel area Sunday injured one person.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says Charles Rose, 55, had pulled in his driveway on U.S. 52 near Roberts Road around 2 p.m. when an eastbound car driven by Sandra Reese, 67, of Laurel, crossed the roadway, went through the ditch and struck his vehicle.Reese was transported to Margaret Mary Health for treatment. Rose was uninjured.
The best thing Bauer can do now is contribute to a franchise that’s trending upward. He will be part of a rotation that features All-Star Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray, and the fact that Cincinnati moved Puig, who also was viewed as a risk when he signed but eliminated those concerns with 22 home runs this season, shows confidence within the organization. Bauer could be a piece that helps the Reds make a last-ditch run at a wild card spot this season or a one-and-a-half-year-rental that simply waits for the next payday. He needs to make the best of it either way. There’s room for Bauer’s personality in Cincinnati. After all, former Reds reliever, fan favorite and World Series champion Rob Dibble once threw a baseball into the stands in frustration and hit a school teacher in 1991. Dibble remains a “Nasty Boys” cult hero with Reds fans today, even though his time ended in Cincinnati after 1993. Can Bauer become that kind of fan favorite? Maybe, but it will start — and should stay — on the mound. Bauer has a good sample against the National League; he’s 12-5 with a 2.54 ERA and 187 Ks in 177.1 innings for his career in interleague play. If the Reds get that kind of pitcher, then this gamble will pay off. The Indians traded Trevor Bauer to the Reds in a three-team deal two days after the right-hander launched a baseball over the center field fence in frustration when he was pulled from a start against the Royals. Bauer’s time in Cleveland — which produced mixed results on the mound and a few unpredictable, even controversial incidents off it — is over. With Cincinnati, Bauer gets a fresh start and opportunity to perform as a key piece for a franchise that looks ready for contention in 2020. MORE: How to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whip-around show, for free on DAZNThe Reds offer a chance for Bauer to go from distraction to attraction. It’s on Bauer to prove himself with the move, and he can do it. Bauer is an incredible pitcher — when he’s on. He finished sixth in the AL Cy Young voting last season with a 2.21 ERA and 221 Ks in 175.1 innings. He leads the majors in innings pitched this season (156.2), but he also leads in walks (63), hits batsmen (14) and his ERA increased to 3.79. Those statistics will be remembered less than the viral stories from his time in Cleveland.— Like the time he cut his hand on a drone ahead of a scheduled ALCS start against Toronto in 2016.— Or the two mediocre World Series starts against the Cubs that ended in losses.— Or his unique dating rules he detailed in a Sports Illustrated profile in February.— Or the allegations of Twitter harassment.— Or, of course, when Bauer launched the ball over the center field fence in Kansas City, which prompted Indians manager Terry Francona to ask, “What the (expletive) is wrong with you?” You can debate the levels of Bauer’s quirkiness, passion as a player or likability as a teammate all you want — his story about Charlie Sheen showing up at UCLA practice is hilarious — but the latest distraction (which was immature at a minimum) did not help his cause. The Indians’ brass had seen enough from a player who openly talked about signing one-year deals in the future with his contract expiring in 2020. That cannot be debated knowing they are three games off the AL Central lead and expect to get ace Corey Kluber back, perhaps in August. Meanwhile, what the (expletive) is wrong with the Reds? RIVERA: Grading the Trevor Bauer tradeCincinnati gave up Yasiel Puig, an emerging fan favorite who didn’t leave until he finished one more brawl with the Pirates, and speedy prospect Taylor Trammell, who is off to San Diego, to take on a pitcher who turns 29 next season and will be a free-agent after that. That’s not all. A sizable cross-section of Reds fans knows all about Bauer’s comments in a June 21 profile with The New York Times. “I would love to see vintage Pete Rose in today’s game,” Bauer said in the article. “He would get absolutely annihilated.” The Great American Ball Park is adjacent to Pete Rose Way. Rose’s statue sits in front of the stadium. That will at least take a cursory smoothing over with the fan base that still yearns for the return of the Big Red Machine. When it comes to Rose, they remember everything.