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Live, from New Braunfels (and Amazon), it’s Ryan Bingham! The Oscar-winning Americana star talks about his new live album, what he misses about his early days and why California is where it’s at

By Mike Ethan Messick The version of Ryan Bingham put forward in his music — a rough-hewn, rowdy, smoky-voiced vagabond still shy of middle age …

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Q&A: Zane Williams The breakout “Troubadour TX” star talks about how he first discovered country music — and his commitment to bringing it back.

By Mike Ethan Messick Texas songwriter Zane Williams put in more than a few diligent years plying his trade for handfuls of listeners in small venues, …

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Q & A: Josh Ritter The acclaimed singer-songwriter talks about touring with Jason Isbell, his thoughts on the Americana label, and why despair doesn’t always make for the best muse.

By Darryl Smyers Hailing from, of all places, Moscow — Moscow, Idaho, that is — Josh Ritter is one of the most literate singer-songwriters currently working …

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Q&A: Troy Cartwright The rising Texas songwriter talks co-writing, adjusting to Nashville, and the making of his new EP, "Don't Fade."

By Thomas D. Mooney Texas singer-songwriter Troy Cartwright’s new release, the stellar five-track Don’t Fade (out Oct. 7), may only clock in at five tracks long, but …

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Sunset Motel Cowboys: 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 of Reckless Kelly Talking "Sunset Motel," the songs that got away and the road ahead

  By Mike Ethan Messick Steadfast talents, tireless tourers, and beloved brethren to the community of modern Texas music, the band Reckless Kelly are as …

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Q&A: Rodney Parker For their new album “Bomber Heights,” the hard-charging Texas songwriter and his band 50 Peso Reward dare to dial back the loud while cranking up the intensity.

By Thomas D. Mooney Rodney Parker needed a restart. After Parker and 50 Peso Reward released 2013’s The Apology: Part 2, the singer-songwriter moved from …

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Q&A: Amanda Shires The West Texas-born, Nashville-based Americana favorite talks about her journey to making "My Piece of Land," the dynamics of songwriting in a two-artist household, and the perils of juggling big brass monkey balls with John Prine.

By Richard Skanse “Hey, do you know anything about bubble machines?” Amanda Shires is on the phone from her home in Nashville, wrapping up a …

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Q&A: Lydia Loveless The Bloodshot buzz magnet on busting free of genre limitations and getting “Real”

By Scott Schinder Lydia Loveless comes into her own on her current album Real, bringing added sonic diversity to her fiery garage-honky-tonk tunes and new …

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Mud Brothers: Whiskey Myers features (sitting, from left) Gary Brown, Cody Cannon, John Jeffers, Tony Kent and Jeff Hogg and (standing) Cody Tate and Jon Knudson (Courtesy Shore Fire)
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Back into the “Mud” with Whiskey Myers Bassist Gary Brown talks about the making of the down 'n' dirty septet's latest platter of Texas-style Southern rock

By Kelly Dearmore Hailing from the humid, rose-conducive environment of East Texas, Whiskey Myers has been a groove-slinging Southern rock force for several years now. …

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Q&A: Cody Jinks He's "Not the Devil," but he is an outsider of both the Texas country and the mainstream — and he's happy to keep it that way.

By Kelly Dearmore With an impressive beard, rich baritone and some artfully applied tattoos, it’s not a surprise — on the surface at least — …

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