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Words of Wisdom From K Phillips


Early morning rehearsal. I used to get up at this time to dig fence post holes in ground that is mostly rock. We’d ride four wheelers, shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns and do some back-breaking work. Digging a hole or a trench, in west or central Texas is some of the hardest work I’ve ever done. However, it’s rewarding. At the end of the day you see the work you have put in. You make something. Even if it’s a dang hole in the ground. You can take a picture of it when you are done. When you’re having a beer later, (I guarantee you will want a beer when you’re digging that hole, you may not even like beer or bars or talking to strangers) you can whip out your phone and nod at the guy next to you and say “look at this! Look, look at this hole I dug! Yes, in the ground! Yes it IS mostly rocks! And the guy sitting next to you might say, “look at this bathroom I re-did” or “look at this floor I stained.” and that’ll be that. The work was grueling but it was God’s country. Even the skinny cows looked angelic. The wind is wider there. It’s more like a breath than a blast. There are no building to squeeze between. I was often outworked by men twice my age. I can’t tell you how embarrassing it is to watch someone who is 10 years retired, (or should of Keep Reading

Ready For Primetime?

Mainstream country megastar and Miranda Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend.  That got us to thinking.  What Texas/Red Dirt/Americana artist would make the best SNL host?  Here are a few names that came up in our discussions:


-Drew Kennedy.  Enough dry wit and storytelling prowess to make Steven Wright crack a smile.

-Granger Smith. Long before Earl, there was Nigel.

-Willy Braun.  The scene’s ultimate prankster would have some sly tricks up his sleeve.

-Jack Ingram. Seems like he’d be game for whatever the writers threw at him and be able to deliver.

-Doug Moreland.  Funniest person in the scene.  Already crushed The Tonight Show a decade ago.

-Mike McClure. Could go method and lend an Andy Kaufman-esque vibe to the proceedings.

-Matt Hillyer. Funny guy, would give it 100% and has some acting experience.


If you were Lorne Michaels and looking to cast from this scene, who would you choose?… Keep Reading

Red River Songwriters’ Festival



Steamboat MusicFest is one of our favorite events each year.  Yet, despite its massive nature, there are many worthy artists who aren’t on the bill.  Likewise, there are many diehard fans who can’t make the trek up to Colorado for whatever reason.  Seeing this need a few years back, Drew Kennedy created the Red River Songwriters’ Festival as a supplemental Steamboat alternative.  There are fans and artists who hit up both festivals and some who solely come to Red River for their snow and song fix.  The 4th Annual edition is taking place THIS WEEK January 22-24 in Red River, NM.  It’s an intimate festival with an up-close appreciation of the music and many special moments available.  The focus remains on the music the entire time and provides for some special mountain magic.

For more info, please visit http://www.redriversongs.com.

We’ll be covering the big event on all our social media accounts with the hashtag: #rrsf15… Keep Reading

Late Night Wade Bowen


Wade and his band head to LA today to tape the Conan O’Brien show.  Anytime a regional artist from our area gets on one of these national platforms is a good thing.  Rising tide lifts all boats so to speak.  Additionally, he and Randy released a preview track from the forthcoming Hold My Beer and Watch This studio project produced by Lloyd Maines.  You can pre-order HERE and check out the preview track “Good Luck With That”.


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Ain’t It The Same

Make the machines stop!


Sadly, we wonder if you couldn’t do a similar mash-up with the recent spate of “Texas Country” songs?  Heart and soul will always outlast marketing and formulas.… Keep Reading