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Rodney Crowell at the Saxon Pub. (Photo by Nichole Wagner)
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Rodney Crowell proves it’s not just the old stuff that works The Saxon Pub, Austin, Texas, June 29, 2017

By Richard Skanse Over the course of his two-and-a-half-hour, 25-song set last Thursday night in Austin, Rodney Crowell dipped just four times into his pre-1990 …

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Rhett Miller of the Old 97's at the 30th annual Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas. (Photo by Nichole Wagner)
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Old Settler’s Music Fest Recap: Saturday night live with the Old 97’s, a highway queen and the baddest wolves in the land Salt Lick Pavilion, Driftwood, Texas, April 22, 2017

By Richard Skanse I wish I could say who served up the better cover of Prince’s “When Dove’s Cry” at the Old Settler’s Music Festival …

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Terry Allen weaves magic out of memory with “Juarez” to “Lubbock” road trip Paramount Theatre, Austin, Texas, Jan. 14, 2017

By Richard Skanse It’s not about nostalgia, Terry Allen insisted. “It’s about memory.” That was mid-December, and the internationally renowned artist, sculptor, and maverick songwriter …

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Amanda Shires and guitarist Zach Setchfield at Austin's Texas Union Theater. (Photo by Richard Skanse)
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Amanda Shires brings fire, fun and a little “Faith” back home to the Lone Star State Texas Union Theater, Austin, Texas, Dec. 9, 2016

By Richard Skanse “It’s not going to be perfect, but it’s going to be fun as hell …” That’s how Amanda Shires introduced — but …

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Cody Canada, Rhett Miller, Nikki Lane and Roger Clyne swap songs to fight Cystic Fibrosis. (Photo by Kelly Dearmore)
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Rhett Miller’s CF Concert Series w/ Cody Canada, Nikki Lane and Roger Clyne Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 19, 2016

By Kelly Dearmore Few Lone Star artists of note don’t have an annual cause to promote with a start-studded show where all-day line-ups, golf tournaments …

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King George at Gruene Hall. (Photo by Dale Martin)
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George Strait: The cowboy comes back home Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas, Nov. 16, 2016

By Dale Martin When the reigning King of Country Music is poised to release his second box set, compiling the 50-some-odd hits and fan-favorites that …

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The Mavericks, live all night at the Moody ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, Texas, Sept. 24, 2016

By Scott Schinder Two decades down the road from their stint as unlikely mainstream country hitmakers, the Mavericks have evolved into a singular musical force …

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Texas in the House: Jack Ingram, Rodney Crowell, and Robert Earl Keen at the Ryman for Tuesday night's "Guy Clark: A Celebration." (Photo by Kathleen Keen)
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Old friends, shining like diamonds, come together for “Guy Clark: A Celebration” Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 16, 2016

By Holly Gleason Joe Ely, hair white and posture ram-road straight, leaned into the mic and half-whispered, half-sang, “I ain’t looking for trouble, I can’t …

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Dixie Chicks shine a light to a better way Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas, Aug. 7, 2016

By Richard Skanse Out of all the stunning visuals on display throughout most of the Dixie Chicks’ two-hour concert Sunday night at the Austin360 Amphitheater, …

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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Austin360 Amphitheater. (Photo by Donna Middleton)
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Recap: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic When it’s hot and expensive, what keeps fans coming?

By Lynne Margolis When in the course of human events and July heat, it becomes necessary to pay $4 for semi-chilled water, $6 for Sno-cones …

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