Texas/Red Dirt Songs That Describe 2020

Looking back and seeing the title of my end-of-year piece for 2019 was “It’s Been a Hell of a Year” seems laughable at this point because, without question, 2020 pulled a “Hold My Beer.” While the media likes to show us the world on fire and how we can’t agree on much of anything, I think most of us can agree on a common pool of emotions to describe the past twelve months. Sick, tired, lonely, worried, irritated, angry, dismissive, sad, skeptical are all almost certainly there, with a few other choice words thrown in to customize your recipe for

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The Pandhandlers – Bonus From Billy Bob’s

In case you missed it, we covered The Panhandlers’ show last Thursday night. Before downbeat, we got a backstage interview with Josh Abbott, John Baumann, William Clark Green and Cleto Cordero. We cover the origin story of The Panhandlers, what it’s been like trying to start a band during the pandemic, and some fun “20 Questions” type stuff you’ll enjoy. Cheers folks. We also posted a few highlights from the show up on our Galleywinter YouTube page. Go subscribe and enjoy.

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Panhandling in Cowtown

One of the many significant crimes committed by the year from hell has been the postponement of one of the most feel-good events in this scene, the debut of The Pandhandlers. The flatland super group of Josh Abbott, Cleto Cordero, John Baumann, and William Clark Green dropped their first record at the beginning of the year, about the same time the pandemic hit its stride. Touring plans were squashed, and like everything else, the record took a back seat to lock downs, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. While mainstream country is all about radio play to move its fan base,

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Wade Bowen – The Waiting

Wade Bowen delivered us some joy over the Labor Day weekend by dropping a new EP he’d secretly been working on during the lock downs. At first, I didn’t know what to make of the track list for The Waiting. It was kind of like peeking into a bag of Halloween candy and seeing familiar favorites (shout out Three Musketeers) mixed in with a few surprises. Even Bowen admits, “This EP is all over the place. The six songs don’t really fit together, which I like… and I did it on purpose. It’s almost like an encore on stage.” Here’s

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Songs That Made Me Fall In Love With Texas Music

Hey folks, it’s been a while. Like most of you, I’ve spent the last several months hunkered down, protecting family, busting my tail to stay gainfully employed in these uncertain times. 2020 went plaid months ago and without live music, those COVID Blues snuck in. It’s been hard to get energized about much of anything, except maybe scoring a 24-pack of toilet paper or buying hand sanitizer from a local distillery. Like many, when sanity started to wane I retreated to nostalgia. As a GenXer I spent my tween years glued to MTV, and in the last few months I’ve

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