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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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Jimmy LaFave, July 12, 1955 - May 21, 2017 (Photo Courtesy Music Road Records)
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Remembering Jimmy LaFave Traveling a musical road from Guthrie and Dylan to Bruce and beyond, LaFave sprinkled red-dirt folk all over this land

By Lynne Margolis When Jimmy LaFave passed away on the night of May 21, 2017, his life was chronicled in respectful obituaries; they reviewed his …

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2017 Texas State Musician George Strait (Photo by Vanessa Gavalya)
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Strait to succeed Ely as official Texas State Musician Texas State Legislature to honor George Strait and 2018 appointee Marcia Ball at Capitol this week

By Richard Skanse As of this Tuesday morning, Joe Ely has just 48 hours left in his term as the Texas State Musician of 2016 …

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Los Lobos (Photo by David Alan Kogut)
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Old Settler’s Music Festival celebrates 30 years of roots music Austin-area festival to feature first-timers Los Lobos, Old 97’s, Nikki Lane, and Shakey Graves along with longtime favorites Sarah Jarosz, Shinyribs, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and many more.

By Richard Skanse For never-been-theres and others who might not know better, the Old Settler’s Music Festival — which kicks off its 30th installment this …

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Old Friends: The all-star grand finale at the THSA's Homecoming Show. (Photo by Ted Parker Jr.)
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That old time feeling … one more time Guy Clark honored — along with his biographer, Tamara Saviano — at Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association's Darrell K Royal Homecoming Show

By Richard Skanse As any songwriter who ever had the experience can surely attest, one did not walk into a co-writing session with Guy Clark with …

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Lone Star Music & KOKE FM present the Dillo Mixer 2017 Announcing the lineup for our free St. Paddy's Day party at Threadgill's in Austin

By Richard Skanse It’s that time of year again when thousands upon thousands of songwriters, bands, record label executives, bloggers and all manner of other industry types …

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Kat Edmonson and Lyle Lovett singing Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You" at the Austin Music Awards. (Photo by Lynne Margolis)
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35th Austin Music Awards celebrates Townes, Texans Terry Allen, Lyle Lovett, the Trishas and more kick off SXSW music week with marathon gala at the Moody Theater

By Lynne Margolis The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde was the “surprise” superstar musical guest at the Austin Chronicle’s 35th annual Austin Music Awards, held Sunday night …

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