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Volume 1-2019




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ABOUT RAR: For those of you new to this site, "RAR" is Rick Alan Rice, the publisher of the RARWRITER Publishing Group websites. Use this link to visit the RAR music page, which features original music compositions and other.

Use this link to visit Rick Alan Rice's publications page, which features excerpts from novels and other.



Use the RARADIO link to go to our radio page, where you will hear songs you are not likely to hear elsewhere.



"Music Hot Spots"




























Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page


CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively called ATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance is the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel











I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.



If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves at NOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.




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RARadio Tunes

EDITOR'S NOTE: This site has streamed tons of songs over the years and there is a list below that provides links to many of them. Have a click and a listen.


The Jane Doe's - Quiet Inside (acoustic).mp3 The Jane Doe's
Exodus Honey.mp3 Honeycut
Lies.mp3 The Black Keys
Satisfied.mp3 Rebecca Folsom
01 You Belong to Me.mp3 Lannie Garrett
One-Two-Three.mp3 The Indulgers
My Tears Are Wasted.mp3 Leslie and the Badgers
01 - Tin Men - Hallelujah, Im A Bum Again.mp3 Tin Men
In Your Face.mp3 Sabrina Korva
BecauseOfYou.mp3 Rebecca Folsom
Its Me.mp3 Eddie Turner
12 On A Bus To St Cloud.mp3 Gretchen Peters
/Warrior for Love.mp3 RAR
The Essential Me.mp3 RAR
Mother Mary.mp3 Bang Tango
Suffocated.mp3 Sabrina Korva
Her Face.mp3 Kenny Simeone
No Looking Back.mp3 Nikki Ferrari
Howling At The Moon.mp3 Chris Daniels & the Kings
Why (Acoustic Demo).mp3 Sabrina Korva
Screw You Were From Texas.mp3 Ray Wylie Hubbard
4 a.m. Love Song.mp3 Ruba
RAR-Lonely Teardrops (Classic R&B Covers).mp3 RAR
01 Face The Music.mp3 Lydia Pense & Cold Blood
Easier Said Than Done.mp3 Steve Conn
The Other Side.mp3 The Indulgers
Old Timers.mp3 Leslie and the Badgers
08 Peggy Lee Medley- Carumba Its the Samba.mp3 Lannie Garrett
12 Independence Day.mp3 Gretchen Peters
Dancing With Angels.mp3 RAR
Black Rose Window.mp3 Leslie and the Badgers
The Jane Doe's - You Bring the Devil.mp3 The Jane Doe's
Unglued.mp3 Barbee Killed Kenn
/Death Trip Taxi.mp3 RAR
06 I Walk Alone.mp3 Ash Ganley
iwilllove.mp3 Rebecca Folsom
Soul Shaker.mp3 Tommy Castro
Im The One.mp3 Bang Tango
Saving Grace.mp3 The Indulgers
2nd Ray.mp3 Bob Logan
El Norte.mp3 Dan McCorrison
/04 Sin City.mp3 The Woodys
Come A Little Bit Closer.mp3 RAR
Sail Away.mp3 The Indulgers
Mystery Angel.mp3 The Indulgers
The Flesh Failures.mp3 RAR
11 Moonshine.mp3 Ash Ganley
Rise.mp3 Eddie Turner
05 Tonight, The Bottle Let Me Down.mp3 Lannie Garrett
Dan McCorison - I Carry Your Smile.mp3 Dan McCorrison
Feeling Good.mp3 The Dirty Water Band
In Like Flynn.mp3 The Indulgers
suburban housewife.mp3 Little Joe McLerran
Termite Mansion.mp3 The Dave Rude Band
Missing_You.mp3 Martian Acres
Lets Give Love A Try.mp3 Tommy Castro
Crying.mp3 RAR
Dallas After Midnight.mp3 Ray Wylie Hubbard
Icarus.mp3 Rebecca Folsom
Head Over Heels.mp3 Barbee Killed Kenn
Last_Day_of_Pretend.mp3 Lucid Nation
Helpless.mp3 Krister Axel
Cmon Cmon.mp3 The Dave Rude Band
Wake of Your Whiskey Blues.mp3 RAR
Sorry.mp3 Kenny Simeone
Junkie.mp3 The Jane Doe's
Instructions_for_Incarnates_by_Lucid_Nation.mp3 Lucid Nation
Make Me Stronger.mp3 The Faded
Dirty Song 2.mp3 Dirty Bangs
/Glow of Your Dark Eyes.mp3 RAR
Outrageous_Accusations_by_Lucid_Nation.mp3 Lucid Nation
SHEDONEIT.mp3 Little Joe McLerran
Goodnite Charles LP Remix.mp3 Melody Gardot
Not Perfect.mp3 RAR
Good Little Girl.mp3 Sam Broussard
03 Only In Our Dreams.mp3 Ash Ganley
Stalker.mp3 The Jennifer Prject
fallen.mp3 Paul Robinson
01 50_50 1.mp3 Chris Daniels & the Kings
My Goals.mp3 Francis and the Lights
SAILOR.mp3 Little Joe McLerran
A Diamond For Your Heart.mp3 Dan McCorrison
Bie Mir Bist du Schoen.mp3 Lannie Garrett
Paper_Bird_Track2.mp3 Paper Bird
On the Bay.mp3 Angie Mattson
Gremlin.mp3 Finding Stella
03_Middle_Of_The_Night.mp3 Martian Acres
Its All Okay.mp3 Bang Tango
Hoping That You're Lonely.mp3 RAR
Just Eleven Minutes.mp3 RAR
Go Find Her.mp3 Kat Parsons
Please Stay.mp3 Elke Robitaille
fu.mp3 Paul Robinson
Stray_12-12!!.mp3 Finding Stella
The Goodbye Look.mp3 RAR
Vicodin.mp3 RAR
War.mp3 Martian Acres
/6_30 Ferry.mp3 RAR
Early Beatles.mp3 RAR
Pedal Over the Bridge.mp3 Bob Logan
Laughing (Nuke 'em From Orbit).mp3 RAR
How Does It Feel.mp3 Steve Conn
/Your High.mp3 RAR
Gates.mp3 RAR
RAR-Dancing In the Streets.mp3 RAR
Beautiful.mp3 The Faded
Nightmare.mp3 Blaxmyth
Loving_on_Borrowed_time.mp3 Martian Acres
RAR-Start A Fire.mp3 RAR
terraplane blues.mp3 Little Joe McLerran
/So What4.mp3 RAR
1Ooh Las Vegas.mp3 RAR
Jackie.mp3 Alestar Digby
Cant Get Used to Losing You2.mp3 RAR
Porn International (If We Get Buzz).mp3 RAR
When We First Met.mp3 RAR
Chelsea Girl.mp3 RAR
Chinatown.mp3 Panda
09_Cruel_Waters.mp3 Ash Ganley
Ooh Las Vegas.mp3 RAR
Your Time Is Running Out.mp3 RAR
Alone Again.mp3 Tony Gamble
Stupid Things To Do.mp3 RAR
01 Lonely World.mp3 Ash Ganley
Brideshead Suite.mp3 RAR
Frankenstein.mp3 RAR
Hot Rod.mp3 Trace Devai
Devils Embrace.mp3 The Dave Rude Band
EagleRidinPapa.mp3 Little Joe McLerran
Dime Bag Darryl.mp3 RAR
/Overloaded.mp3 RAR
06 - Softer Side.mp3 Dyann Woody
MimisBoots.mp3 <artist>
Youthful Possibilities Scene.mp3 RAR
/The Cove.mp3 RAR
Bulletproof.mp3 Cherish Alexander
Down These Stairs.mp3 RAR
Para Conquistarle.mp3 RAR
How Long Must I Cry.mp3 Tommy Castro
Sabine.mp3 Angie Mattson
Dice.mp3 Blaxmyth
blue_skies.mp3 Cherish Alexander
/Dancing With Angels.mp3 RAR
Neverland.mp3 Dirty Bangs
Reason I Wrote.mp3 RAR
Set Off the Bomb.mp3 Blaxmyth
02-Jingling Down the Street.mp3 Washboard Chaz
05 Stay Humble mp3.mp3 Rogue Sound
Sexiest Thing Alive.mp3 Trace Devai
Fut Da Wuk.mp3 Tony Gamble
Character.mp3 <artist>
In Violet.mp3 Angie Mattson
Suicidal Love.mp3 Dirty Bangs
09_Into_the_Rain_Stevie.mp3 Martian Acres
Hiding Cards.mp3 Angie Mattson
KeepOnMovin(Revolution).mp3 Fabulous Entourage
Sometimes.mp3 G N'H
Beautiful Lie.mp3 Blaxmyth
KatrinaChristmas.mp3 Steve Conn
Suffocated.mp3 .mp3 Sabrina Korva
04 - Tin Men - Drunk & In Love.mp3 Tin Men
Aint No.mp3 Nikki Ferrari
The Best.mp3 Alistair Digby
The Game of Love mix 2.mp3 <artist>
Wantoned.mp3 <artist>
Drive.mp3 Angie Mattson
One Summer Night.mp3 Martian Acres
All.mp3 The Jane Doe's
Not Without You.mp3 Trace Devai
sweet.mp3 Paul Robinson
Ortega Funk.mp3 Tony Joseph
Shes A Wizard.mp3 Nikki Ferrari
Together~Alone.mp3 Elke Robitaille
Good Enough for Christmas.mp3 RAR
Looked Around the World.mp3 Alestar Digby
The Jane Doe's - Sad Again.mp3 The Jane Doe's
07 Trees And Powerlines.mp3 Ash Ganley
Mars.mp3 <artist>
Trite Life.mp3 Damon & the Heathens
Cruisin_TheStreets.mp3 Pearl
Right As Rain.mp3 Tommy Castro
/Riding On A Zephyr.mp3 RAR
09 Unity mp3.mp3 Rogue Sound
04 Dreampt mp3.mp3 Rogue Sound
The Jane Doe's - You Got It Goin' On.mp3 The Jane Doe's
Acoustico Live.mp3 G N' H
So Many Roads.mp3 The Dirty Water Band
04INeedAGoodGirlBad.mp3 Jinx Jones
07BumbleBoogie.mp3 Jinx Jones
Dont You Worry.mp3 Daniela Torchia
Simple Song.mp3 Kenny Simeone
We're All We've Got.mp3 Angie Mattson
Acoustic 1.mp3 Bob Logan
Buy Me Love.mp3 Cherish Alenxander
I Want More.mp3 The Faded
Im No Fool.mp3 Kenny Simeone
Ooh Baby (The Jolly Cuckold).mp3 RAR
She Is the Queen.mp3 RAR
Egyptian Nights.mp3 Tony Gamble
Snake Farm.mp3 Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Clues.mp3 RAR
02 Aviator Song.mp3 Gretchen Peters
I Dont Care Where You Bury Me.mp3 Sam Broussard
Take Me As I Am.mp3 Daniela Torchia
Twitch.mp3 Finding Stella
Before I Fall.mp3 Ruba K Tuesday
Light_Air_Remix.mp3 Renfey
heavenshere.mp3 Cherish Alexander
/Cold Moths.mp3 RAR
Dirty Water.mp3 The Dirty Water Band
Im An Old Cowhand.mp3 Megan Johnson w Doug Strobel
Rachel.mp3 Lorrie Singer & Bradley Kopp
/Frankenstein.mp3 RAR
/Republican.mp3 RAR
Cowboy Jesus.mp3 The Snakehandlers
I Must Go.mp3 The Indulgers
River Dont Rise.mp3 Lorrie Singer & Bradley Kopp
If I Could Just.mp3 Lorrie Singer & Bradley Kopp
I Need You Here.mp3 Pearl
On the Brink of Happiness.mp3 RAR
Sepiasonic.mp3 Midnight Deathtrap Quartet
Something Better.mp3 Barbee Killed Kenn





The Cabin Fever

"Exercise the Demon"

Is that a typo, or a play on words. One doesn't usually exercise a demon, unless you want a more fit demon, but you listen and determine what you think. L.A. band The Cabin Fever worked with Husky Hoskulds (Screaming Trees, Tom Waits) to create the EP of dreamy pop from which this came.

Yo No Say


Baltimore band Yo No Say returns  to Mobtown studios  with producer Sean Mercer and a stripped-down quartet sound.



Jacqueline Van Bierk

"On to the Next One"

Jacqueline Van Bierk's music has been described as "a righteous slap of cyber erotic pop metal" as well as "the perfect balance btw pop and metal, dark and light". A mix of electronics, metal guitars, sultry vocals, pure rock with a splash of industrial goth. Crossing the line between underground and commercial, perfect for the soundtrack of your very next movie.

Via Tania

"I See You Tiger"

Mess and Noise calls Via Tania's new LP "an intimate showcase of Bowers’ breathy coyness and lingering lyrics.


"We Lost the Plot"

Amoureux is a bewitching female-led avant-rock duo, whose deconstructed polyrhythms conjure the likes of Fugazi and Talking Heads, married to the synth-pop punk spirit of New Order, Berlin, and Roxy Music.

Use this link to stream "We Lost the Plot".

The Lovers Key

"Bright Eyes, Black Soul"

From the musical mastermind behind the critically acclaimed band The Postmarks, Christopher Moll brings his distinct talent and vision to his latest work – The Lovers Key. The Lovers Key are pleased to announce the arrival of their debut album, Here Today Gone Tomorrow, which was praised by AllMusic as "tunes that capture the sound and the feel of vintage R&B with impressive accuracy, even as they add a subtle undercurrent of contemporary pop to the production and arrangements.”

Use this link to stream "Bright Eyes, Black Soul".


"Cool Thing"

Portland, Oregon's Sassparilla has some great ideas and good sounds to go with. Use this link to stream his off the cuff rendition of his tune "Cool Thing".


Michael Butler

"These Halls I Dwell"

Michael Butler is one of the CCJ's personal favorites. The NYC singer-songwriter creates some of the most surprising and most beautiful pop to be heard anywhere. He is one sensitive, eclectic and far-ranging dude. Use this link to stream his off the cuff rendition of his tune "These Halls I Dwell".



Gretchen Peters & Barry Walsh

"St. Francis"

Songwriter Mary Gauthier, whose song " took this photograph of Gretchen Peters and Janis Ian playing The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, one of the world's iconic (and intimate) songwriter venues. Gretchen offers a free download for fans registered to her Website and January 2014's offering was "Saint Francis", written by Tom Russell and Gretchen. The version she presents here was recorded live at Le Petit Campus in Montreal, Quebec on April 28, 2012 during the "Hello Cruel World" tour. It features Barry Walsh on piano and vocals. Use this link to stream "St. Francis".

Elizabeth Kay

"Who Do You Love?"

From the Land of Enchantment, painter/artist, CCJ contributor, and musical explorer Elizabeth Kay covers the swamp classic "Who Do You Love?"


Leo Justi

"Vira A Cara"

Use this link to stream Leo Justi's "Heavy Baile" electronica - "Vira A Cara".


Caterpillars -


Taking a love of early indie music and a passion for technology, the Dallas band Caterpillars blend the digital and analog worlds to create refreshing melodies with energetic rhythm. Whether it’s the arpeggiated guitars, driving bass and drums, or the passionate lead vocals of singer songwriter Christopher Robinson, Caterpillars believes in enhancing the soundscape with a digital feel.

Born from this desire, Robinson, along with Drew Black, Carson Brooks, and Ben Love, went to work writing and recording their first full-length album, The Other Side, which the band is self-releasing on September 24th. Once again working with legendary producer/engineer Ed Rose (The Appleseed Cast, Coalesce, The Get Up Kids), Caterpillars used their multi instrumental tendencies to create a fantastic follow up to the well received self titled EP. Combining acoustic and digital drums with melodic guitars and sweeping synths, Caterpillars created a range of dynamic tracks that blend perfectly as a whole.

Caterpillars thrive on recreating the full and complex sound of their album in their live shows. Utilizing multiple computers, pedals, and instruments, the venue is filled with each and every intricacy the album presents. Poised to make a mark on the bourgeoning Dallas music scene, Caterpillars have proven they are here to stay.

Signel-Z -

"Monica's Frock"

"We need for you to come and have a good time. After a lot of soul-searching, it has become clear that the reason that we play and strive to develop good music and the group is so that we all can enjoy it!" - Composer-Musician Steve Ignelzi, Signel-Z


Corey Landis -

"Natural Disaster"


The Blank Tapes -

"1,000 Leather Tassels"

As the 21st Century goes, jangle-rock has never sounded fresher!

Outer Minds - "We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines"

Powerhouse Chicago quintet Outer Minds' 2nd LP of 2012, Behind the Mirror, explores their take on the sounds of garage rock's first wave filtered through reverb and laced with Farfisa buoyed harmonies and is shockingly and refreshingly new. Check out LP tracks "We Are All Stone," and "Those Machines," to launch the time warp. 

"Those Machines"

MMOSS - "Another Dream"

These guys are making the best music to come from New Hampshire in...ever? The psychedelic jam warriors will be releasing their new LP Only Children via Trouble in Mind next week. Check out "Another Dream" for a taste of the unexpected arrangements, classic recording sounds and psychic harmonies MMOSS bring to the turntable. 

Woollen Kits - "Susannah"

Australia seems to be in a full-on rock & roll renaissance these days - what with Eddy Current Suppression Ring soundtracking that ubiquitous AT&T commercial and Woollen Kits preparing the release of their new barn burner of an LP, Four Girls 

A SECRET PARTY with Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news  

Model Stranger - "The Last Time"






Jay - "Last Call"


Hills Like Elephants


Summer Twins




Click on CD cover or the link below to listen to

"I Don't Care"

the first release from the Summer Twins debut album



Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen - Darkness by leonardcohen


October Dawn


October Dawn have released their self titled EP. The EP is fore sale now on their Reverbnation page. To help announce this exciting release the guys are offering the "Good Bye To Love" MP3. The EP includes 5 tracks such as "Intruding Silence" & "Wind Of Change" and it ROCKS HARD!

Click the pic to listen to "Good Bye to Love"





Live on Minnesota Public Radio

Black Box Revelation

After wrapping up a string of incendiary dates with the Meat Puppets, yesterday Black Box Revelation brought their scuzzy guitars, crashing drums, unabashed energy and depth of soul collision to MPR.

Give a listen to live versions of "High On A Wire," "Shiver of Joy" and "Sealed With Thorns" on MPR.

Belgium's Black Box Revelation is a two-piece that sounds more like a ten-piece rock band. With layered guitars and booming drums, BBR's garage rock explodes with riffs and hooks.

Already making waves overseas, this Belgian duo release their first music in the US, the Shiver of Joy EP. For a preview of what to expect from the EP, upcoming full length album and live show, download EP track "Shiver of Joy," stream the entire release and check out the black & white video of shots from their European tour for track "High On A Wire."

Combining Beatles-meets-Kinks British invasion pop with haunting melodies, pounding blues, thick ambience and driving beats, Black Box Revelation plot their foreign invasion and continue blazing across the US on dates with Beady Eye, Girl in A Coma and the Coathangers.

Apteka - "StrikingViolet" by PressWolfPR

"Striking Violet" off Apteka's debut LP "Gargoyle Days."

Mikal Cronin

Give a listen to album tracks "Apathy" and "Get Along" and check out what these guys have to say: Pitchfork - "Cronin stretches his legs to record a clean, ridiculously catchy song with tons of layers. It's the full scale of things that makes 'Apathy' so great-- the harmonies, the song structuring, the piles of instruments, but mostly, the anxious feeling that's strung throughout the song. It's a song with a lot to grab onto, and it's a killer introduction to Cronin as a solo artist."

"Apathy" by Mikal Cronin

"Get Along" by Mikal Cronin

Trouble In Mind 2011 Sampler

by PressWolfPR

Started in Chicago in 2009 as a way to release 7"s with perfect pop songs, Trouble in Mind expanded their catalog of releases this year with full LPs from Mikal Cronin, the Night Beats, Wax Museums, the Paperhead and the Wrong Words. Check out this playlist featuring tracks from each LP and a bonus track from the acclaimed Apache Dropout 7" and stay tuned for more amazing music from this label in 2012!



Randall Bramblett - "Driving to Montgomery"

Dana deChaby

A guitarist for over 20 years, Dana deChaby has now completed what was surely his destiny, an all instrumental METAL album that features all of his diverse influences and study of music. From Mastodon to Mahler, it's all there in his debut solo album, DNA. Composed and recorded in his home studio, DNA features blistering seven string riffs and solos, advanced harmonies, crushing drums and acoustic and electronic interludes, while taking the listener on a journey.





©Rick Alan Rice (RAR), September, 2019






Copyright © September, 2019 Rick Alan Rice (RARWRITER)