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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Photo by Daniel Jackson)
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Walk On: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s long road to “Downey to Lubbock” How a wild blues Blaster and an old Flatlander found a way, after years of friendship, to finally "Get Together" on record.

By Richard Skanse Jimmie Dale Gilmore recalls the night — or at least that particular moment — from more than half a century ago like …

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Jeff Mix: Songheart, can’t lose How the self-professed "late bloomer" found his way on the "Lost Vegas Hiway."

By Richard Skanse Las Vegas has earned a reputation for being a great many things over the years, but a hotbed of original music is …

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Artist Q&A's

Hayes Carll (Photo by David McClister)
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Q&A: Hayes Carll The freewheelin' troubadour talks about "What It Is" and what it takes to make a stand in times like these

By Richard Skanse The Hayes Carll pictured on the cover of his new album, What It Is, looks every minute of the eight years he’s …

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Alejandro Escovedo, outlaw for you. (Photo by Nancy Escovedo)
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Q&A: Alejandro Escovedo The True Believer talks about how a band of Italians — and the fictional story of two immigrants in search of America in the age of Trump — helped him find his way to making the most personal and boldly political album of his life, "The Crossing."

By Richard Skanse Nearly two decades on from writing one of the most haunting songs of his career — 2001’s “Wave,” about the day his father, …

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(Photo by Barbara FG)
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Q&A: Joe Ely The Panhandle Rambler talks about his new (old) "Lubbock Tapes," the lure of revisiting "Chippy," wild baby turkeys, and the perils of singing songs about "Borderless Love."

By Richard Skanse “How did you find me?” asks a (somewhat) convincingly surprised-sounding Joe Ely by way of “hello.” “I’m in a small village in …

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(Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Butts)
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Q&A: Kaitlin Butts The firebrand Okie talks about life on the road, what she admires most about the way they do things down in Texas, and why she'd love to write with a gal like Kacey Musgraves

By Madisun K. Geis With a voice that commands the room and the songwriting chops to back it up, Kaitlin Butts is a spitfire songstress …

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