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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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Brandon Jenkins, aka the Red Dirt Legend (November 2017 Facebook Profile Photo)
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In Memoriam: Brandon Jenkins, June 7, 1969 – March 2, 2018 Requiem for a Red Dirt Legend

By Cody Oxley The Red Dirt music family lost one of its most beloved songwriting voices on Friday, March 2, when Brandon Dean Jenkins passed …

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On the road again: (from left to right) Ben Dorcy, assistant to Willie Nelson; Joel Schoepf, assistant to Ben Dorcy; Kyle Wieters, assistant to Joel Schoepf. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Wieters)
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In Memoriam: Ben Holiday Dorcy III, May 19, 1925 – Sept. 16, 2017 A tribute from one roadie — and friend — to another

By Kyle Wieters Ben Dorcy was my friend. He had so many friends that he called most everyone by the name “Lovey.” I think probably …

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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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Life's Been Good: Longtime brothers of the road Bukka Allen (left) with George Reiff. (Photo courtesy Bukka Allen)
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Everybody’s brother: George Reiff, July 16, 1960 – May 21, 2017 Friends and bandmates share their memories and love for the bass-playing New Wave Houston kid, original Austin hipster, acclaimed producer and utterly fearless cancer fighter

By Richard Skanse As both a bass player and a record producer, George Reiff had an unerring sixth sense for hearing the music between notes. …

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Jimmy LaFave, July 12, 1955 - May 21, 2017 (Photo Courtesy Music Road Records)
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Remembering Jimmy LaFave Traveling a musical road from Guthrie and Dylan to Bruce and beyond, LaFave sprinkled red-dirt folk all over this land

By Lynne Margolis When Jimmy LaFave passed away on the night of May 21, 2017, his life was chronicled in respectful obituaries; they reviewed his …

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Observe, feel, write: Remembering Greg Trooper How a Yankee from New Jersey helped set my bar for Americana cool

By Mattson Rainer [Editor’s Note: Mattson Rainer is the program director of the Americana station KNBT 92.1 FM in New Braunfels, Texas.] In 1996, as …

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In Memoriam: Greg Trooper, Jan. 13, 1956 – Jan. 15, 2017 Beloved East Coast troubadour was hailed as one of Americana’s finest contemporary songwriters by peers including Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, and John Fullbright 

By Scott Schinder Veteran singer-songwriter Greg Trooper passed away on January 15, two days after his 61st birthday, following a year-and-a-half battle with pancreatic cancer. …

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David Rodriguez: Too weird for Kerrville A remembrance by Craig Clifford, adapted from the new book, "Pickers & Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas"

Editor’s Note: In honor of the great but often under-sung, Houston-born singer-songwriter David Rodriguez, who passed away in the Netherlands a year ago this week, LoneStarMusicMagazine.com is …

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