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Don Williams, country music's "Gentle Giant." (Courtesy Don-Williams.com)
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In Memoriam: Don Williams, May 27, 1939-Sept. 8, 2017 With a voice like a soft southern wind and the soothing demeanor of a true gentleman, this "Good Ole Boy" from Floydada proved you didn't have to be an outlaw to make a Texas-sized impression on the heart of country music

By Mike Ethan Messick Revered country music singer, songwriter, and performer Don Williams departed this world on Sept. 8 at the age of 78. A native …

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Sunny Sweeney (Photo by Christina Feddersen)
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Q&A: Sunny Sweeney The sassy but down-to-earth Texas country singer on writing her excellent new album “Trophy,” knowing when to go vulnerable and when to snark it up, and why she'll never get used to all those Grand Ole Opry invites — or feel anything but proud of her very first record.

By Richard Skanse Sunny Sweeney does more before 9 a.m. than most late-rising lazy music writers do all day. Granted, so does just about everybody, …

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Aaron Watson (Photo by Joseph Llanes)
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Q&A: Aaron Watson The “Underdog” country music sensation talks about his new album, “Vaquero,” staying the course, keeping the faith, sticking to his independent Texas roots, and why he’s not bothered when some folks call him an up-and-comer after 18 years and more than a dozen releases.

By Mike Ethan Messick In the last decade and a half of independent Texas country music, few artists have been as steadfast and reliable as …

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