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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: 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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Q&A: Slaid Cleaves Texas folk music's favorite New England ex-pat talks about his new album, “Ghost on the Car Radio,” his debt to Woody Guthrie (and Jimmy LaFave), writing with purpose, and embracing the Sisyphean task of beating "Broke Down" every time he begins anew.  

By Richard Skanse As modest as their charming home may be by the gaudy standards of say, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous or even …

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Q&A: John Moreland The Oklahoma troubadour talks about his hardcore roots and the road to "Big Bad Luv"

By Mike Ethan Messick A soulful, gritty-voiced mountain of a man hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, John Moreland has gradually built up a catalog of heartbreakingly …

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Q&A: Sunny Sweeney The sassy but down-to-earth Texas country singer on writing her excellent new album “Trophy,” knowing when to go vulnerable and when to snark it up, and why she'll never get used to all those Grand Ole Opry invites — or feel anything but proud of her very first record.

By Richard Skanse Sunny Sweeney does more before 9 a.m. than most late-rising lazy music writers do all day. Granted, so does just about everybody, …

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