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2018 Luck Reunion: It’s just better out there Willie Nelson's Ranch, Spicewood, Texas, March 15, 2018

By Richard Skanse Much like the fitness zealots who run every marathon actively looking forward to their next 26-mile endorphin binge, there are some people — a whole lot …

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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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Mumford & Sons (Photo by Roger Ho, Fresh and Clean Media / C3 Presents)
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ACL Music Fest 2016 Recap (Weekend 1, Sept. 30-Oct. 2) Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends …

By Richard Skanse It’s been a couple days now since Weekend 1 (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) of the 15th annual Austin CIty Limits Music Festival came …

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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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Traveling Red River Songwriters bring festival preview to Lubbock Firehouse Theatre, Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 21, 2016

By Thomas D. Mooney A soft orange glow warms the stage of the Firehouse Theatre located in The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts …

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Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year winners Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. (Photo by Lynne Margolis)
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Americana Fest 2014 14th Americana confab celebrates veterans and newcomers

By Lynne Margolis (LSM Jan 2014/vol. 7 – issue 1) From Mumford & Sons’ Album of the Year Grammy Award to the Coen Brothers’ folk-filled, T …

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Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. (Photo by John Carrico)
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When the rains came: ACL Fest 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival expanded, then contracted with its first rainout

By Lynne Margolis (LSM Jan 2014/vol. 7 – issue 1) For its 12th year, the Austin City Limits Festival had intended to expand to six days, …

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Justin Townes Earle. Photo by John Carrico
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Old Settler’s Music Festival keeps fans grooving through the cold

By Lynne Margolis (LSM May/June 2013/vol. 6 – Issue 3) Despite shivery night temperatures that no doubt caused lots of cuddling among campers, the 26th …

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