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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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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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Jeremy Plato takes the wheel on the Departed's new album, "In Retrospect." (Photo courtesy Cody Canada and the Departed)
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Q&A: Jeremy Plato of the Departed With the new country covers album “In Retrospect,” the Red Dirt bassist steps into the frontman spotlight

By Kelly Dearmore Cody Canada and the Departed have been through quite a few changes since their debut just five years ago. They introduced themselves …

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Q&A: Robert Earl Keen The king of the Texas-Americana music hill talks about his new double-album “Live Dinner Reunion,” his love of bluegrass and bubbly pilsners, and his current obsession with crafting the perfect 90-second song.

By Mike Ethan Messick Few artists are as central to the birth and sustenance of a music scene as Robert Earl Keen is to the …

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