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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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Cooder Graw, clockwise from top left, is: Carmen Acciaioli, Danny Crelin, Kelly B. Test, Paul Baker, Matt Martindale, and Kelly Turner. (Courtesy CooderGraw.com)
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Q&A: Matt Martindale of Cooder Graw With the return of this much-loved (and missed) Amarillo band, the Texas country scene just might get loud again

By Mike Ethan Messick Recent converts to the independent Texas country-rock movement might not know this, but for a stretch in the late ‘90s going …

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Q&A: Hayes Carll talks “Lovers and Leavers” How the acclaimed Texas troubadour learned to stop worrying about pulling punchlines and learned to love the terrifying process of getting real

By Holly Gleason It’s been five years since Hayes Carll put out a record, but it feels more like a decade. For the jokester/heart-tugging troubadour, …

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Monte Warden’s modern sounds in traditional pop music The Wagoneers frontman takes a swing at crooning a brand new tune (bunches of ’em) with new residency at Austin’s Continental Club Gallery 

By Richard Skanse Country music has done right by Monte Warden, and for most of his life, the Austin singer-songwriter and band leader has been …

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