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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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Q&A: BJ Barham The American Aquarium frontman talks about his debut solo album, "Rockingham"

By Thomas D. Mooney Reidsville, North Carolina has always been there. The small, rural hometown of singer-songwriter BJ Barham has often lingered in the background, …

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Q&A: Cody Johnson The former rodeo cowboy on carrying on tradition while taking Texas country cross country

By Kelly Dearmore Cody Johnson is a fine example of a Texas country artist who isn’t confined by even his beloved home state’s expansive boundaries. …

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The truths and consequences of Charlie Stout’s “Dust and Wind” The West Texas songwriter talks Flatland murder ballads and High Plains hymns

By Thomas D. Mooney Last summer, Lubbock singer-songwriter Charlie Stout headed out into the New Mexico desert, hunkered down in the abandoned Presbyterian church of an …

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Q&A: Sean McConnell The prolific songwriter finally tells his his own story on self-titled Rounder debut

By Kelly Dearmore There are very few — if any — songwriters around that can boast a portfolio as varied as that of Sean McConnell. …

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