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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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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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Q&A: Robert Ellis The Houston honky-tonker turned fearless genre bender on songwriting, recording, taking the high road and challenging the rules of “authenticity”

By Richard Skanse All these years later, the schoolyard taunt still haunts Robert Ellis, needling at his self confidence like a splinter burrowed deep inside …

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Q&A: Randall King Lubbock honky-tonker aims for Strait country bull's eye with "Another Bullet"

By Thomas D. Mooney Lubbock singer-songwriter Randall King is a revivalist of sorts. While many songwriters in the state are pushing Texas Music off in …

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Q&A: Ryan Beaver How three years of due diligence in Nashville — and a little chip on his shoulder — put the Texas songwriter back on his game

By Chris Mosser Funny how life is: At the point you feel the lowest — like life has smacked you down and is now pouring …

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