Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

Jimmy CliffThe KCRW Sessions [Universal 2013]

SizzlaThe Messiah [VP Records 2013]

Bob Marley & the WailersLegend Remixed [Tuff Gong 2013]

Various ArtistsLove for Levon [Time 2013]

Various ArtistsLet Us In Americana [Reviver Records 2013]

Steve EarleThe Low Highway [New West 2013]

Sean NelsonMake Good Choices [Really Records 2013]

Slaid CleavesStill Fighting the War [Music Road Records 2013]

Bob SchneiderBurden of Proof [Kirtland Records 2013]

Dale Watson & His TroopersEl Rancho Azul [Red House Records 2013]

Shiny Ribs Gulf Coast Museum [Nine Mile Records 2013]

Patty GriffinAmerican Kid [New West Records 2013]

Billy BraggTooth and Nail [Essential Music 2013]

John FogertyWrote A Song For Everyone [Vanguard 2013]

Warren Hood BandWarren Hood Band [Red Parlor Records 2013]

The Carper FamilyOld-Fashioned Gal [The Carper Family 2013]

Mavis Staples One True Vine [Anti/Epitaph 2013]

Booker TSound the Alarm [Stax 2013]

Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

Climate Change, Water Restrictions, and New Homes


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We headed 2 hours north today, to Wichita Falls. While the rest of North Texas has had weekly rain storms, helping to put a little dent into the long-standing drought, Wichita has completely missed the rain. Storms have come right up to this prairie town and then split, going north and south but never quite hitting the city directly.

It’s strange what drought looks like after several years. If you look out over the rooftops in the old subdivisions, you see some green but a lot of dead tree limbs, too. Some trees struggling, trying to hold on while others have completely given up. Trees are being cut down, too, at an alarming rate. Once dead, they become a fire hazard. And more will come this summer because the town is at Stage 3 water rationing and headed, within the month, to stage 4.

Which makes it all the stranger…

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Climate Change, Water Restrictions, and New Homes