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Superfly's Lone Star Music Emporium in San Marcos, Texas.
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Could this be the end of an era for Lone Star Music (and San Marcos)? Iconic Texas brand & San Marcos record store Superfly's Lone Star Music face uncertain futures

By Zach Jennings It’s a well worn cliche, but life has a funny way of throwing you unexpected curveballs. For nearly four decades, San Marcos residents …

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Observe, feel, write: Remembering Greg Trooper How a Yankee from New Jersey helped set my bar for Americana cool

By Mattson Rainer [Editor’s Note: Mattson Rainer is the program director of the Americana station KNBT 92.1 FM in New Braunfels, Texas.] In 1996, as …

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Record Store Day 2015 at Superfly's Lone Star Music Emporium in San Marcos, Texas. (Photo by Richard Skanse)
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LSM State of Mind: Singing the “RSD” blues Why Record Store Day isn’t all it should and was meant to be — and how I’d fix it.

By Chris Mosser Record Store Day! If you dig vinyl, or music of any kind, Record Store Day sounds like a good thing — and …

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Evelyn Johnson at home in Houston, Texas, 1998. (Photo by James Fraher, from Roger Wood's "Down In Houston: Bayou City Blues," University of Texas Press)
ColumnsFeatured ColumnTrue Heroes of Texas Music

True Heroes of Texas Music: Evelyn Johnson The “Mother Superior of Houston Gospel and Blues”

By Michael Corcoran Owner Don Robey had the muscle and the money, but business manager Evelyn Johnson was the brains and the backbone behind the …

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Debbie Pastor in Death Valley, California. (Courtesy Debbie Pastor)
ColumnsFeatured ColumnMichael Corcoran's If I Had My Way

Michael Corcoran’s “If I Had My Way” Talk about the passion (and White Stripes): Catching up with Debbie Pastor

By Michael Corcoran We all have those days when we just want to get in our cars and drive until dark. I’ve been having a …

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Sheryl Crow accepting her 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year. (From Grammy.com)
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Michael Corcoran’s “If I Had My Way” All I Wanna Do: The night I pulled off my own Grammy miracle

By Michael Corcoran The Grammys are tonight, so it’s time to trot out my Grammys story. This was from 1995, when I talked my way into …

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ColumnsFeatured ColumnLSM State of Mind (Opinion)

LSM State of Mind (Opinion)  The closing of the Texas Music Chart marks the end of an era ... and maybe for the best.

By Chris Mosser It is a natural part of the human condition to rely upon the opinions of others in the formation of one’s own viewpoint. …

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ColumnsFeatured ColumnTrue Heroes of Texas Music

True Heroes of Texas Music: Lefty Frizzell Remembering the Voice of honky-tonk

By Michael Corcoran We praise our pioneers who’ve found subtle new ways to play their instruments, but rare is the one who invents a new …

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ColumnsFeatured ColumnMichael Corcoran's If I Had My Way

Michael Corcoran’s “If I Had My Way” Austin's "David Bowie Street" needs to stay

By Michael Corcoran This was a guerrilla move. The city of Austin couldn’t order coffee in three days. But I hope they keep this sign …

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Michael Corcoran’s “If I Had My Way” Ridding myself of the guilty pleasure that should be against the law

By Michael Corcoran I love the superpower that Spotify has given me — the ability to think of a song and then play it five …

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Kent Finlay taste-testing his black-eyed peas. (Photo by Jenni Finlay)
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Texas Cooking: Kent Finlay’s Black-Eyed Peas Want a head start on your good luck for the New Year? Fix a pot of this Finlay family favorite.

By Jenni Finlay Dad was always serious about his lucky black-eyed peas. I can’t remember a year in my whole life when we didn’t have …

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Mack McCormick in 1962. (Photo by Ed Valdez/Houston Chronicle 1962)
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Michael Corcoran’s “If I Had My Way” The Monster work of Mack McCormick

By Michael Corcoran Put all the information in a book, or books, that we all can own. All the pertinent research notes, typed and single-spaced, …

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