Charlie Robison: A Playlist

1.  Loving County A tale spun so well and so fine that one almost forgets it involves a murder.  The diamonds sparkle and so does Charlie Robison’s songwriting on this showstopping song set in the least populous county in Texas amid an oil boom gone all sorts of wrong.  If Robert Earl Keen’s”Road Goes on Forever” unknowingly glamorized crime, this song makes it all too real. A career spanning highlight both the studio version and each time the chorus was belted out by thousands of drunken fans. 2.  My Hometown Few songs distill the elements of Texas Music as well

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River Jam Artist Preview: Zach Aaron

Gritty and real are just two of the adjectives people use to describe Zach Aaron’s music.  It’s a rough, world weary attitude that joins with an understated sensitivity that in turn makes music in the vein of Tyler Childers.  The Childers comparison is a big one, but one that’s not too big for Zach Aaron.  Buzzed about across the country and bubbling just under busting out to headline status, come see what all the noise is about at River Jam RJ  Tickets: RJ Tix Performance date/time:  Sunday July 29 at Lone Star Floathouse, approx 6PM Years at event:  Debut Twitter: @zachaaronmusic  

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River Jam Artist Preview: Matt Hillyer

There are few artists with more skins on the wall and skins in the game down here in Texas than Matt Hillyer.  The band leader of 1100 Springs has been traveling the highways and honky tonks of this fine state and beyond for well over 20 years.  His brand of country music is energetic, authentic, nostalgic and real.  He has managed to combine all the best elements of the Bakersfield, Red Dirt, Texas, rockabilly, and even a smidge of punk to create something all his own.  Come hear all the songs you know and the new stuff he’s working on at

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River Jam Artist Preview: Bobby Duncan

Bobby Duncan is an incredibly gifted songwriter whose depth belies his age. This Walt Wilkins protege has been playing professionally since his early teens and his old soul joins with his soulful voice to deliver some of the finest singer/songwriter material in contemporary Texas music. Duncan has a good handle on lyrics that speak to your heart and melodies that stick in your brain.  The past couple years have found Bobby hosting songwriter rounds and supper clubs  at DFW’s most esteemed listening rooms and delivering a live album.  He’s also launched the official Galleywinter podcast The Co-Write alongside Donovan Dodd.  Come see

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