Billy Joe Shaver (1939 – 2020)

Men don’t come more complicated than Billy Joe Shaver.  On the surface he was often the classic teddy bear.  Bubbling underneath that surface was a penchant for raising hell that often collided with one of the fiercest temper’s God ever placed on this earth.  Billy Joe was born in Corsicana, TX and split his time between there and the Waco area for the bulk of his life. Raised mostly by his grandmother while his mother worked a series of menial jobs, Shaver quit school in the 8th grade and set out into a wide world as apprehensive of him as

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Jerry Jeff Walker (1942-2020)

Lives don’t get lived harder than the one that Ronald Clyde Crosby lived for the past 78 years. The last 54 of those years were spent under the name, spell, spirit and lifestyle of Jerry Jeff Walker. Born in Oneonta, New York on March 16, 1942, Jerry Jeff had wandering bone and a gypsy heart that could not be contained. He bounced around with various garage bands in his teenage years before a stint in the National Guard. Walker wasn’t fit for military life and soon found himself AWOL and busking in New Orleans. The burgeoning folk music scene and

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Lining Out Mile 0 2021

Mile 0 Fest returns for 2021 amid a new post-Covid landscape.  The island vibe and tropical themed boutique music fest that could was doubted by many when it was first launched in 2018, and is back to prove the doubters wrong again.  This time by launching a socially-distanced, delayed-from-the-original-dates version of itself in 2021. The new dates are April 27 to May 1, 2021, and the lineup announced this morning is, quite honestly, better than many may have hoped for given the obstacles surrounding large scale musical events at this time.  Moving the dates to spring also created some hurdles

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September 2020: The Value of Music

As a music fan the past two decades have been revolutionary.  Any song that has ever been created is now at our fingertips.  There’s no clunking around a large CaseLogic full of cd’s or placing a distractingly large faux wooden tower of them in the living room next to the entertainment center. This isn’t some plain nostalgic waxing about the good ol’ days.  It’s merely to point out that we used to have to work much harder at being a fan.  You had to actually go to a record store and purchase an album.  At the height of cd’s, that

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Honky Tonking in a Pandemic with the Randy Rogers Band

The house band faded out from a mostly accurate cover of a Gary Allan song just in time for Luke Combs “Beer Never Broke My Heart” to swell from the house PA. The lights were bright.  The smoke was nonexistent.  A noticeable number of chairs had been removed. And a sea of trendy, masked bandit look-alikes strolled around the grounds of the world’s largest honky tonk as if the past six months hadn’t happened.  Aside from the smaller crowd and masks on every face, it really did feel quite…normal.   As the concert experience in Texas continues to strive for a

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