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“I desperately needed a way to perform it live,” says Austin songwriter Bill Carter of his decision to redo his “Crossfire” as an acoustic blues number. “I can’t just scream it out like the cool way Stevie does.” (Photo courtesy Bill Carter)
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LSM Video Premiere: Bill Carter’s “Crossfire” Austin songwriter takes his most famous song (via Stevie Ray Vaughan) for a revelatory new acoustic spin

By D.C. Bloom From a 1983 jam session in a Manchaca, Texas warehouse to over three million airplays around the world, Bill Carter’s “Crossfire” has come …

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Robyn Ludwick straps on her rock ’n’ roll shoes for “This Tall to Ride” From writing "like a dude" to swapping songs with "Texas Jesus" to acting on film with Gurf Morlix, this Wimberley woman knows no fear

By Richard Skanse Considering that there’s enough cocaine on her latest album to fuel Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac, it’s somewhat of a surprise (and/or relief) to hear …

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Artist Q&A's

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Five minutes with John Baumann The “high plains troubadour” talks about secret talents, his wife’s pet peeves, and his love for Matthew McConaughey.

By Madisun K. Geis At times self-deprecating and always authentic, John Baumann is a storyteller through and through. With the release of his second full-length album, Proving …

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Delbert McClinton and his biographer, Diana Finlay Hendricks (Courtesy of Delbert McClinton/Photo by Kim Porterfield)
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Two of the Fortunate Few A conversation with Americana/Texas music legend Delbert McClinton and his biographer, Diana Finlay Hendricks 

By Richard Skanse What a difference two years — and a helluva lotta dedicated hard work — can make. Back in January 2016, when Diana Finlay …

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Savannah Welch (Photo by Todd V. Wolfson)
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Q&A: Savannah Welch The resilient singer-songwriter, actress, and devoted mother looks back on the most transformative year of her life — and shares her perspective on how losing a leg helped her find her way.

By Richard Skanse “Do you want to see how fast I can go?” It’s a week before Thanksgiving, and Savannah Welch is showing off her …

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Drew Kennedy (Photo by Susan Marinello)
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Q&A: Drew Kennedy The Virginia-reared Texas/Red River songwriting ambassador talks about his new album, "At Home in the Big Lonesome," the gift of working with talented friends, and how a Robert Earl Keen song changed his life

By Mike Ethan Messick There are plenty of reasons to like Drew Kennedy. For starters, there’s the way his music bridges the gap between Texas …

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