Influencers

Over the years, we have documented at great length the contributions of the singers, songwriters, producers and musicians connected to the Texas/Red Dirt scene.  However, a recent conversation led me to try and discern the folks who have created the greatest impacts without playing an instrument.  Thus, this feature was born. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the same can be said for a music career or scene.  One person can start it, but it takes many, many people to sustain it.  What we know as Texas/Red Dirt has roots in the music of Willie

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October 2019: Costumes

Perspective.  It’s what just about everything is based on in this life.  What’s new. What’s good. What’s old. What’s bad. It’s all a matter of opinion…and perspective.  Sometimes things can shade our perspective and we can be tricked. In Sociology, they talk about the different selves that human beings showcase depending on the circumstances surrounding them at that time.  This is especially true in the music business where it has not been uncommon over the years for people to do whatever it took to become famous, disregarding their more pure artistic desires. There’s a trade off that only the person

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September 2019: Leaning on the Music Through the Grief

Grief.  It’s a part of life.  It’s the part that reminds us how good the living part truly is.   I first encountered grief on a major scale when the Cruella DeVille that lived in the biggest house on our block left antifreeze out in dishes scattered throughout her yard to poison any stray cats or dogs (or whatever) that meandered into her property.  One warm autumn evening, we returned from a high school football game where I’d been proudly providing ball boy services to find our gate open. My beloved basset hound George was missing. Soon enough we heard braying

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Favorites from Kylie Rae

In the wake of tragically losing an artist in the prime of their career, it is a normal thing to introspectively turn inward and analyze their work through the new lens of grief and loss.  It’s a bittersweet exercise, that I’ve found can also be comforting.  Hearing their voice reminds us that they’re never gone in the recorded sense.  They live forever.  Kylie Rae Harris will always be 30 in our minds, but her music is timeless. Here are my top 5 favorite Kylie tunes.   1. “Waited” The ache of her voice matches the pain of being unwanted. The production

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Kylie Rae Harris Is Singing With Angels

Kylie Rae Harris has gone to sing with the angels. She was quintessentially Texan. Talented. Brash. Fun. Passionate. Beautiful. Our hearts are broken. Kylie Rae Harris tragically passed away September 4, 2019 as the result of a car accident in Taos, NM. Cody Canada famously sang, “bad news travels faster than any good news that you hear.”  That was proven true again this morning as my phone began to buzz frantically around 9am and hasn’t stopped as of this writing around noon.  Word was trickling in that songstress, friend, sister, daughter and mother Kylie Rae Harris had been killed in

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