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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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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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Anthony "Lucky" Tomblin at the 2012 "A Labor of Love" tribute in his honor. (Photo by Diana Hendricks)
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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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Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child