Reckless Kelly – Sunset Motel

Reckless Kelly – Sunset Motel

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In Profile: Harvest Thieves Reaping the rewards of hard work, singular focus and bottled lightning

By Adam Dawson As Austin’s Guns of Navarone were winding down their run on the regional alt-country scene, guitarist/songwriter Cory Reinisch and bass player Dustin …

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The Suffers: New faces, old souls Houston's 10-piece “Gulf Coast Soul” band proud to still be independent in wake of national breakout

By j. poet The Suffers are taking their contribution to the current soul music revival national. In the last year, Houston’s irresistible 10-piece ensemble went …

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Nikki Lane, Highway Queen (Photo by Semi Song)
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Q&A: Nikki Lane From High Class Hillbilly to “Highway Queen,” the Nashville-based entrepreneur and upstart Americana maverick has always kept her hands on the wheel

By Scott Schinder On the cover of her third album, Highway Queen, outlaw-country upstart Nikki Lane poses in a vintage dress, draped across the horns …

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Merchants of Red-Eyed Soul: Kevin Russell and his medicine men (and women). (Courtesy Shinyribs)
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Q&A: Kevin Russell of Shinyribs The leader of Austin’s most happening good-times band on the making of “I Got Your Medicine,” his recipe for cooking up red-eyed soul and where he gets his “hot-poppin’” threads.

By Rob Patterson Things are looking bright — or one could say shiny — for Austin’s Shinyribs right now. What began as a side project …

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Q&A: Aaron Watson The “Underdog” country music sensation talks about his new album, “Vaquero,” staying the course, keeping the faith, sticking to his independent Texas roots, and why he’s not bothered when some folks call him an up-and-comer after 18 years and more than a dozen releases.

By Mike Ethan Messick In the last decade and a half of independent Texas country music, few artists have been as steadfast and reliable as …

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Q&A: Tift Merritt The North Carolina songwriter on moving forward, coming home, working with Sam Beam and His Golden Messenger, and writing "Stitch of the World"

By Scott Schinder Tift Merritt’s sixth studio album, Stitch of the World, finds the North Carolina-bred singer-songwriter-guitarist delivering some of her most potent country-soul songcraft …

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