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The Brumley Bunch: Chris Hawkes, Miranda Dawn, Graham Wilkinson, Taasha Coates, Betsy Brumley, Dan Crannitch and Troy Campell, singing "I'll Fly Away" at AmericanaFest 2017 in Nashville. (Photo by Lynne Margolis)
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The House of Songs makes its mark with new film, second location "Albert E. Brumley: Songwriter of the Ozarks" documentary to screen at Austin Film Festival

By Lynne Margolis From Austin and Australia to the Ozarks and Nashville (twice). And vice-versa. That’s the circuitous route several musicians found themselves traveling with …

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Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Jimmie Vaughan rally for hurricane relief. (Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman/Courtesy C3)
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Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, Sept. 22, 2017

By Nichole Wagner “What would Willie do?” That was the question actor Matthew McConaughey asked the crowd at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center near the tail-end …

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On the road again: (from left to right) Ben Dorcy, assistant to Willie Nelson; Joel Schoepf, assistant to Ben Dorcy; Kyle Wieters, assistant to Joel Schoepf. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Wieters)
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In Memoriam: Ben Holiday Dorcy III, May 19, 1925 – Sept. 16, 2017 A tribute from one roadie — and friend — to another

By Kyle Wieters Ben Dorcy was my friend. He had so many friends that he called most everyone by the name “Lovey.” I think probably …

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Instrumentalist of the Year winner Charlie Sexton at the 2017 Americana Music Association Honors Awards in Nashville. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music)
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Americana Music Honors & Awards 2017 Prine, Crowell, Simpson, Sexton, Shires & Stuart share winners' spotlight at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

By Lynne Margolis On the plane to Nashville, Charlie Sexton said he wasn’t going to win “the Buddy Miller Award” — the unofficial nickname for …

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A Willie big concert for hurricane relief "Harvey Can't Mess with Texas" benefit, set for Sept. 22 at Austin's Frank Erwin Center, to feature Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Bingham and more

By Richard Skanse A dozen years after headlining the “Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia” benefit concert at the old Austin Music Hall, Willie Nelson …

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Don Williams, country music's "Gentle Giant." (Courtesy Don-Williams.com)
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In Memoriam: Don Williams, May 27, 1939-Sept. 8, 2017 With a voice like a soft southern wind and the soothing demeanor of a true gentleman, this "Good Ole Boy" from Floydada proved you didn't have to be an outlaw to make a Texas-sized impression on the heart of country music

By Mike Ethan Messick Revered country music singer, songwriter, and performer Don Williams departed this world on Sept. 8 at the age of 78. A native …

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Peter Rowanat at Old Settler's Music Festival 2017 (Photo by Nichole Wagner)
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Old Settler’s headed for new digs in 2018 Central Texas Americana/roots music festival moving from Driftwood to Dale

By Richard Skanse Fans (and bands) who attended the 30th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood back in April who were a bit thrown …

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Tish Hinojosa, San Antonio homegirl. (Photo by Natalie Rhea)
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Tish Hinojosa’s “Homecoming” dream The internationally acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter wants to turn the historic house she grew up in into a San Antonio “Home for the Arts” … but she can’t do it alone

By Richard Skanse Although Tish Hinojosa hasn’t lived there for more than 30 years, in her heart, San Antonio will always be home. Specifically, the …

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From left: John Elliot of San Francisco, Bayard Blain and Bernice Hembree, both of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Raven Kanatakta of Canada and Gareth Averill of Ireland work out a tune. (Photo by Jeremy Scott)
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Austin’s House of Songs spreads wings with Ozarks expansion Troy Campbell and friends to showcase latest collaborations at Kerrville Folk Festival this week

By Lynne Margolis Eight years ago in a one-story Austin bungalow, a novel experiment was launched. Called the House of Songs, it brought local and …

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Life's Been Good: Longtime brothers of the road Bukka Allen (left) with George Reiff. (Photo courtesy Bukka Allen)
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Everybody’s brother: George Reiff, July 16, 1960 – May 21, 2017 Friends and bandmates share their memories and love for the bass-playing New Wave Houston kid, original Austin hipster, acclaimed producer and utterly fearless cancer fighter

By Richard Skanse As both a bass player and a record producer, George Reiff had an unerring sixth sense for hearing the music between notes. …

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