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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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Malcolm Holcombe: Sing a little bit of those working man blues North Carolina songwriter takes a hard look at harder times with his Darrell Scott-produced “Pretty Little Troubles”

By j. poet Malcolm Holcombe’s tuneful growl sounds like it’s coming from the depths of a coal mine, or the smoky backroom of a seedy pool …

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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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Reckless Kelly, from left, is Cody Braun, Jay Nazz, Joe Miller, Willy Braun, and David Abeyta. (Courtesy Reckless Kelly)
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Q&A: Cody Braun The Reckless Kelly multi-instrumentalist talks about the first-ever vinyl pressing of the band's debut, "Millican," out Oct. 20

By Mike Ethan Messick Sometimes bands and artists treat their debut projects — justifiably or otherwise — like a bad high-school picture they can’t quite erase but …

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Q&A: Todd Snider The misfit “Peace Queer” turned Hard Working American talks about breakdowns, the alchemy of stage jive, the death of Elmo Buzz and the healing power of believing “We’re All In This Together.” 

By Richard Skanse It’s mid-morning on Tuesday, July 18 — Day 2 of President Trump’s mildly ballyhooed “Made in America” week — and Todd Snider …

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Q&A: Brandon Rhyder The Texas country artist talks about his return to the studio with Walt Wilkins, keeping his maturing voice and songwriting chops in tune, and finding serenity

By Mike Ethan Messick Brandon Rhyder’s career in the realm of independent country music has been marked by growth, change, and collaboration. A native of …

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