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Honky Tonk Heroes Crop
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(Just Because) You Asked Me To … Taking a closer look at LSM's "Shotgun Showdown" between Waylon's "Honky Tonk Heroes" and Billy Joe's "Old Five and Dimers"

By Don McLeese “It’s the singer, not the song.” — Mick Jagger/Keith Richards  “I’m just an old chunk of coal But I’m gonna be a …

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Round 4: LSM’s Progressive Country/Honky-Tonk Heroes Showdown Willie and Ely make it into the Elite 8 with two albums each, but Waylon, Shaver, Townes and Guy are still in the hunt

When we kicked off this poll a couple weeks back with 64 classic albums from the ’70s heyday of Texas progressive country music, there were …

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LSM’s Progressive Country/Honky-Tonk Heroes Showdown, Round 3! Jennings vs. Shaver, Van Zandt vs. Ely, Allen vs. Clark and more impossible choices

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Or until one’s favorite album of all time gets eliminated. Or until it comes down to …

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LSM’s Progressive Country/Honky-Tonk Heroes Showdown, Round 2! Townes Van Zandt shoots down "Shotgun Willie" to lead all competitors advancing to Round of 32

Well, that wasn’t easy, was it? Oh sure, there were a few uneven match-ups there at the start. Although we maintain that all 64 of the …

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LSM Presents: That ’70s Texas Progressive Country/Honky-Tonk Heroes Shotgun Showdown We picked 64 classic albums that helped define the Golden Age of Texas music. Now YOU pick the very BEST of the best.

Last month, we introduced our new “LSM Tournament Brackets” feature with a little something we humbly called “The Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album …

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Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours, whose 2010 album, "Diamonds & Gasoline," came out top dog in our fan-voted LSM Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album showdown. (Photo courtesy Turnpike Troubadours)
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Turnpike Troubadours for the win "Diamonds & Gasoline" comes out tops in our Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album Showdown

Chin up, Texas … you can’t win ’em all. But while you’ve got that chin up — bow down before your newly crowned Okie overlords! …

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Finals: LSM Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album Showdown Randy Rogers Band and Turnpike Troubadours vie for the prize

Wow … talk about the power of a last minute surge! For most of the 24 hours of voting in our semifinals round, it looked …

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Final Four
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The Final Four: LSM Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album Showdown Ragweed and Turnpike, Randy Rogers Band and Bingham face off in semifinals

And now, in the spirit of the Hunger Games, let us take a moment to honor the Fallen … Comal County Blue, you did Jason Boland …

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Ragweed vs Boland
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Welcome to the Elite Eight, Texas/Red Dirt style On to Round 4 of the LSM Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album Showdown 

We’re not gonna say there haven’t been any surprises in this little just-for-fun tournament we’ve been hosting. In the first round alone, we saw the …

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Braun Battle
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LSM Ultimate Texas Country vs. Red Dirt Album Showdown, Round 3 It's "Sweet 16" time — and down to a battle of the Braun Brothers

And then there were 16 … We’re two rounds done and four to go (counting the finals matchup) in our LSM Ultimate Texas Country vs. …

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