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Houston Super Bowl LIVE to bring free Texas music to the masses Free fest leading up to the big game to feature ZZ Top, Bingham, Carll and more 

By Richard Skanse Alas, there will be no Dallas Cowboys — or even Houston Texans, for that matter — on the field representing the Lone …

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Observe, feel, write: Remembering Greg Trooper How a Yankee from New Jersey helped set my bar for Americana cool

By Mattson Rainer [Editor’s Note: Mattson Rainer is the program director of the Americana station KNBT 92.1 FM in New Braunfels, Texas.] In 1996, as …

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In Memoriam: Greg Trooper, Jan. 13, 1956 – Jan. 15, 2017 Beloved East Coast troubadour was hailed as one of Americana’s finest contemporary songwriters by peers including Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, and John Fullbright 

By Scott Schinder Veteran singer-songwriter Greg Trooper passed away on January 15, two days after his 61st birthday, following a year-and-a-half battle with pancreatic cancer. …

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Kent Finlay and Randy Rogers, photographed at the Cheatham Street Woodshed in 2013. (Photo by Valerie Fremin)
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Welcome Home: Randy Rogers buys Cheatham Street Warehouse With purchase of historic San Marcos venue, the Texas songwriter aims to carry on the legacy of his late friend and mentor, Kent Finlay.

By Richard Skanse Out of all the songwriters and country stars to have launched their careers out of Cheatham Street Warehouse, perhaps no artist has …

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Family Car Trip: Terry Allen (right) with wife Jo Harvey and son Bukka Allen at Laguna Gloria in Austin. (Photo by Richard Skanse)
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Terry Allen’s car tunes  With “Road Angel,” his new installation at Austin’s Laguna Gloria, the renowned songwriter and visual artist casts music, memory, and the myth of the American automobile into bronze.

By Richard Skanse If you were to somehow stumble upon Terry Allen’s Road Angel unawares in the dead of night, odds are it’d scare the …

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Order up! New Shinyribs platter coming soon "I Got Your Medicine," co-produced by Kevin Russell and Jimbo Mathus, due out Feb. 24, 2017

By Richard Skanse As frightfully prolific as the Gourds were over the course of their nearly two-decade run, Kevin Russell seems to be well on his way …

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Sturgill Simpson is coming for you, Adele! (Courtesy Sturgill Simpson)
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Nominations announced for 59th annual Grammy Awards Sturgill Simpson, Maren Morris in running for some of this year’s top honors

By Richard Skanse When Sturgill Simpson, duly appointed member of the official Holy Trinity of Saving Country Music Messiahs (alongside Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell), …

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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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Up against the wall, Birthday Hubbard! Ray Wylie to celebrate 70th B-Day Bash this weekend at Austin's Paramount Theater

By Richard Skanse When Ray Wylie Hubbard was invited to last month’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, he responded with a polite but resolute …

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Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child