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Q&A: Joe Ely The Panhandle Rambler talks about his new (old) "Lubbock Tapes," the lure of revisiting "Chippy," wild baby turkeys, and the perils of singing songs about "Borderless Love."

By Richard Skanse “How did you find me?” asks a (somewhat) convincingly surprised-sounding Joe Ely by way of “hello.” “I’m in a small village in …

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Q&A: Kaitlin Butts The firebrand Okie talks about life on the road, what she admires most about the way they do things down in Texas, and why she'd love to write with a gal like Kacey Musgraves

By Madisun K. Geis With a voice that commands the room and the songwriting chops to back it up, Kaitlin Butts is a spitfire songstress …

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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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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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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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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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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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