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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.)

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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Sturgill Simpson doesn't play mainstream country, but he'll take that Best Country Album Grammy, thank you very much. (Courtesy
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And the Grammy goes to … Sturgill Simpson, Maren Morris, Sarah Jarosz and Willie Nelson amongst winners on music’s “biggest night.”

By Richard Skanse In case you missed last night’s Grammy Awards — and by “missed” we mean not just the telecast, but the inevitable Grammy …

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Shakey Graves pledges proceeds toward positive change Songwriter to donate half of his earnings from 72-hour "pay what you want" sale to causes serving "science, human rights and general empathy"

By Lynne Margolis Ever since Feb. 12, 2012 was declared Shakey Graves Day by mayoral proclamation, Austin singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia has been celebrating the anniversary …

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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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