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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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(Photo by Will McIntire / Courtesy Morris Public Relations)
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The three stages of Ralph Stanley How the late bluegrass legend transcended age, time and trend

By Don McLeese Was Ralph Stanley ever young? We have no recorded evidence that he ever sounded young, that his vocal style was once boyish. …

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