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Terry Allen weaves magic out of memory with “Juarez” to “Lubbock” road trip Paramount Theatre, Austin, Texas, Jan. 14, 2017

By Richard Skanse It’s not about nostalgia, Terry Allen insisted. “It’s about memory.” That was mid-December, and the internationally renowned artist, sculptor, and maverick songwriter …

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Amanda Shires and guitarist Zach Setchfield at Austin's Texas Union Theater. (Photo by Richard Skanse)
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Amanda Shires brings fire, fun and a little “Faith” back home to the Lone Star State Texas Union Theater, Austin, Texas, Dec. 9, 2016

By Richard Skanse “It’s not going to be perfect, but it’s going to be fun as hell …” That’s how Amanda Shires introduced — but …

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Cody Canada, Rhett Miller, Nikki Lane and Roger Clyne swap songs to fight Cystic Fibrosis. (Photo by Kelly Dearmore)
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Rhett Miller’s CF Concert Series w/ Cody Canada, Nikki Lane and Roger Clyne Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 19, 2016

By Kelly Dearmore Few Lone Star artists of note don’t have an annual cause to promote with a start-studded show where all-day line-ups, golf tournaments …

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King George at Gruene Hall. (Photo by Dale Martin)
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George Strait: The cowboy comes back home Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas, Nov. 16, 2016

By Dale Martin When the reigning King of Country Music is poised to release his second box set, compiling the 50-some-odd hits and fan-favorites that …

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The Mavericks, live all night at the Moody ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, Texas, Sept. 24, 2016

By Scott Schinder Two decades down the road from their stint as unlikely mainstream country hitmakers, the Mavericks have evolved into a singular musical force …

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Texas in the House: Jack Ingram, Rodney Crowell, and Robert Earl Keen at the Ryman for Tuesday night's "Guy Clark: A Celebration." (Photo by Kathleen Keen)
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Old friends, shining like diamonds, come together for “Guy Clark: A Celebration” Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 16, 2016

By Holly Gleason Joe Ely, hair white and posture ram-road straight, leaned into the mic and half-whispered, half-sang, “I ain’t looking for trouble, I can’t …

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Dixie Chicks shine a light to a better way Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas, Aug. 7, 2016

By Richard Skanse Out of all the stunning visuals on display throughout most of the Dixie Chicks’ two-hour concert Sunday night at the Austin360 Amphitheater, …

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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Austin360 Amphitheater. (Photo by Donna Middleton)
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Recap: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic When it’s hot and expensive, what keeps fans coming?

By Lynne Margolis When in the course of human events and July heat, it becomes necessary to pay $4 for semi-chilled water, $6 for Sno-cones …

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Neil and the Nelsons: (from left) Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Whitewater Amphitheatre (Photo by Bill Porter)
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Neil Young, Lucinda Williams & friends deliver in spades down by the river Whitewater Amphitheatre, New Braunfels, Texas, April 25, 2016

By Richard Skanse No on could ever mistake Neil Young for an “unknown” — let alone unappreciated — legend in his own time. But a …

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Patty Griffin and Anais Mitchell at Bass Concert Hall (Photo by Nichole Wagner)
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Patty Griffin and friends shine for hometown crowd Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas, March 22, 2016

By Nichole Wagner When their “Use Your Voice” tour supporting the League of Women Voters stopped at Bass Concert Hall on Tuesday, it was clear …

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