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Mob Stories

“I heard you paint houses,” uttered Jimmy Hoffa the first time he met Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. The famous Teamster union boss wasn’t talking about home renovations — he was referring to murder. In the 2004 book of the same name, author Charles Brandt describes Hoffa and Sheeran’s lifelong friendship, breaks down the Cosa Nostra hierarchy and its ties to organized labor and describes the events leading up to Sheeran’s involvement in Hoffa’s demise. The story is currently being made into a Netflix movie, “The Irishman,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as Sheeran, Al Pacino as Hoffa and Joe Pesci as reputed mob boss Russell Bufalino. 

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New Music

• “My Church” — This one is a few years old, but a classic from the incredible country singer/songwriter Maren Morris. It embodies the spiritual feel of rolling the windows down and jamming out.

• “Goodbye Road” —A revival of sounds, equipped with amazing vocals and gospel themes by Johnny Swim (and featuring Penny & Sparrow).

• “Otis” — The song by Jay-Z & Kanye West features Otis Redding. Two lyrical geniuses with Otis singing “Try a Little Tenderness” in the background. Need we say more?  


TV’s “Yellowstone”

You might not know Taylor Sheridan, but trust us, you know his work. The writer/director/actor has come on the scene with a flurry of instant movie classics. In fact, he hasn’t written a dud yet (“Wind River,” “Hell or High Water” and the “Sicario” movies). And now, “Yellowstone,” his new drama set in Montana, can be found on the Paramount Network. The acclaimed cast includes Kevin Costner, Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes and Kelly Reilly. The plot runs deep with Sheridan’s themes around America’s corporate imperialism, poverty and social injustice (particularly relating to native Americans). The show is only a few episodes deep (so there is plenty of time to catch up) and will grab you from start to finish.

Paramount Network | Wednesdays @ 10 p.m.

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