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On the road with the Rok: (from left) Eli Southard, Caleb Dawson, Ryan Lee, Roky Erickson, Dana Morris, Sam Bryant, and Jegar Erickson. (Photo by Jegar Erickson)
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Slip Inside this House: Roky’s Last Ride From Halloween in the Big Apple to "Easter Everywhere" in San Francisco, a fond look back at Roky Erickson's final tour by three starry-eyed young Texas rockers who landed the gig of their dreams.

By Richard Skanse Like many Roky Erickson fans, Ryan Lee first heard the news about the 71-year-old godfather of psych rock’s death last month on …

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Roky Erickson (Photo by William S. Carr)
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In Memoriam: Roky Erickson, July 15, 1947 – May 31, 2019 From the trailblazing "Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators" to the haunted beauty of "True Love Cast Out All Evil," the Texas legend pushed rock music — and his own mind — to the outer limits and beyond.

By Scott Schinder In his seven decades on this planet, Roky Erickson — psychedelic pioneer, punk progenitor, horror-rock maestro — scaled dizzying creative heights and spent …

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The Devil's Keepers: New owners (from left) Robyn Ludwick, Abbey Road, and John "Lunchmeat" Ludwick. (Photo by Robbyn Dodd)
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The Devil’s Revival From haunted dive bar to "honky-tonk heaven": A new verse for "The Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern."

By Richard Skanse “Don’t you love this place?” Those were the first words Robyn Ludwick said to me the first time I ever interviewed her. …

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Willie Nelson at the Turn Out for Texas Rally for Beto O'Rourke in Austin on Sept. 29, 2018. (Screen grab from Beto O'Rourke's FaceBook Live video)
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Willie and more than 50,000 friends rally for Beto in Austin Nelson premieres new "Vote 'Em Out" song in front of massive crowd at "Turn Out for Texas" event for senate candidate Beto O'Rourke

By Richard Skanse When it was announced a few weeks back that Willie Nelson would be performing at a rally in Austin for Democratic Texas …

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The Nashville Sound: Band of the Year winners Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (L-R) Jimbo Hart, Isbell, Amanda Shires, Chad Gamble, and Derrick DeBorja. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)

Men win, women rule at 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Isbell, Prine and Childers took home most of the awards Wednesday night at the Ryman, but the ladies stole the show

By Richard Skanse “What even is Americana?” That was the question that Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids put to song …

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No Dry County is, from left, Bristen Phillips, Matt Newsom, Trent Langford, and Dub Wood. (Photo by Charlie Stout)
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LSM Song Premiere: “Sheep in Wolves Clothes” by No Dry County Atmospheric Lubbock rockers NDC team with guest Brandy Zdan on this track from the forthcoming "Panhandle Music"

By Richard Skanse As the guys from No Dry County told writer Thomas Mooney when he interviewed them for an episode of his New Slang Podcast back in …

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The odds of these guys winning at least one Americana Award this year? Pretty, pretty good. (Photo by Danny Clinch)
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Nominees announced for 2018 American Music Association’s Honors & Awards Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Margo Price and John Prine in the running for "Artist of the Year"

By Richard Skanse If you’re inclined to place bets, here’s three sure things (well, three surely sure things) you can count on when it comes to the …

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Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours, co-founders of Medicine Stone, headline the second night of this year's festival. (Photo courtesy Medicine Stone/RPR Media)
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Medicine Stone tickets go on sale June 1 Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Boland's 6th annual, weekend-long Red Dirt music super fest set for Sept. 20-22 in Tahlequah, OK 

By Richard Skanse While it might be logistically impossible to jam every major and up-and-coming act from the Red Dirt/Texas music scene onto one festival …

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Kevin Fowler tackles Pat Green's "Southbound 35" on the new tribute album, "Dancehall Dreamin'." (Photos courtesy Triple 8 Management)
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LSM Song Premiere: “Southbound 35” by Kevin Fowler, from “Dancehall Dreamin’: A Tribute to Pat Green” Hear Mr. "Beer, Bait & Ammo" take one of his buddy's biggest Texas country anthems for a turbo-charged joyride.

By Richard Skanse “What the hell am I doing up here in Kansas City?” Anytime Pat Green sang those words during one of his concerts …

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Willie and Lukas Nelson (Photo by John Carrico)
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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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