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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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Q&A: Zac Wilkerson The Amarillo singer talks about working with Walt Wilkins, revisiting the songs of his youth and dealing with grief on “Dustbowl Soul.” 

By Thomas D. Mooney Years back, Texas music pioneer Doug Sahm told Kevin Russell — a pioneering voice in his own right — that there …

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Q&A: Shovels & Rope The South Carolina duo discusses parenthood, loss, love and "Little Seeds"

By Lynne Margolis The inner sleeve of Shovels & Rope’s Busted Jukebox Volume 1 album, which they somehow sandwiched between 2014’s Swimmin’ Time and their …

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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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