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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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Savannah Welch (Photo by Todd V. Wolfson)
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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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Drew Kennedy (Photo by Susan Marinello)
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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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Todd Snider, Hard Working American. (Courtesy Todd Snider)
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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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John Moreland (Photo by Joey Kneiser)
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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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Sunny Sweeney (Photo by Christina Feddersen)
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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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Jay Farrar and Son Volt (Photo by David McClister)
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Q&A: Jay Farrar The Son Volt frontman talks about “Notes of Blue,” finding inspiration in alternate guitar tunings, and the importance of challenging oneself

By Scott Schinder It’s been over 20 years since Jay Farrar launched Son Volt in the wake of the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, the pioneering …

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