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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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David Rodriguez: Too weird for Kerrville A remembrance by Craig Clifford, adapted from the new book, "Pickers & Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas"

Editor’s Note: In honor of the great but often under-sung, Houston-born singer-songwriter David Rodriguez, who passed away in the Netherlands a year ago this week, LoneStarMusicMagazine.com is …

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The three stages of Ralph Stanley How the late bluegrass legend transcended age, time and trend

By Don McLeese Was Ralph Stanley ever young? We have no recorded evidence that he ever sounded young, that his vocal style was once boyish. …

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In Memoriam: Scotty Moore, Dec. 27, 1931 – June 28, 2016 The man behind the King — and the guitar that changed the world

By Bill Ramsey In the nervous days that led up to what would become Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special — a televised affair Colonel Parker …

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In Memoriam: Lucky Tomblin, Oct. 24, 1943 – May 24, 2016 Family and friends remember beloved country singer, philanthropic lawyer and tireless champion of Texas music

By Richard Skanse Anthony “Lucky” Tomblin was 58 years old by the time he released his first full-length album, 2001’s Lucky Club Music (credited to …

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RIP: Guy Clark, Nov. 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016 Legendary Texas songwriter dead at 74

IBy Richard Skanse Guy Clark, the dean of Texas songwriters, passed away early Tuesday morning in Nashville. He was 74. The legendary troubadour, who won …

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Texas Country/Red Dirt artists react to the death of Merle Haggard Pat Green, Sunny Sweeney, Kevin Fowler, Cody Canada, Ray Wylie, the Robison brothers and more share their thoughts on the Hag and his influence on their life and music

By Chris Mosser Wednesday, April 6, 2016 was one of those days when something almost imperceptible, but somehow unmistakably palpable, changed. A dramatic shift in …

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