June 2022 – Zach Bryan is Blowing Up, but…

No act has blown up quite the way Zach Bryan has in the last two years.  Beginning during the initial Covid lockdown, buzz has steadily grown to a roar around the young Oklahoma singer/songwriter.  His rise has been a throwback to the type of word of mouth grassroots growth that typically was a hallmark of the early internet/pre-streaming era of the music business.  A network of individuals rising to form a colossal block of support, fandom and revenue.  Just last week, Bryan released his major label debut, a double album entitled American Heartbreak. An ambitious project that is also a

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Pat at 50

My entanglements with the music of Pat Green are well documented.  I’ve written and spoken thousands of words about it over the last 20 plus years.  The wave of energy that crested in the late 90s with Pat’s ascent is something that will not be recreated or experienced again.  His affable awshucks demeanor, blazing stage presence, professional band, catalog of songs and general attitude had not been seen before and it has not been seen since.  He took what Robert Earl Keen and Jack Ingram were doing next level.  He leaned on guys like Walt Wilkins and Joe Ely to

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January 2022 – Living With the Music

At the risk of sounding like old man yelling at cloud…which is a risk I’m more than okay with as we slide into 2022…remember when we truly lived with albums?  It was common from all genres for you to keep a CD in rotation for months. You’d play that son of a gun until it was worn, scratched and faded.  Your CaseLogic cd holder had a permanent spot missing where the likes of Rollercoaster, Diamonds and Gasoline or #2 Dinner originally had a home. The convenience of streaming has pushed that mode of listening to a distant memory.  Sure, vinyl

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November 2021 – Gratitude

I’m thankful for music.  I’ve been blessed quite a bit in life, but nothing quite competes with music for my fanciful wanderlust and attention.  It’s my chief hobby.  Sure, I’ll hunt and fish and I’m a diehard sports fan for my squads…but music consumes me in a way like no other entity.  If there’s a free spot on my calendar, I’m looking for a show.  And, there’s still nothing quite like the thrill that I get when I hear a song that resonates with me for the first time. Music isn’t just good for the soul, it’s essential. For many

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October 2021: Drafting the Biz

The Texas Music scene in 2021 is kind of like your favorite sports team that hasn’t won a title in a couple years.  The roster is aging, the fanbase is satisfied but restless and everyone is waiting for the draft pick, coaching change or free agent signing that’s going to turn things back to a championship level.  This is not to mean that the squad isn’t scoring victories, because we’re racking up dubs with Cody Johnson selling out arenas nationwide, Koe Wetzel packing baseball stadiums, Parker McCollum playing the Opry, stalwarts like Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen keeping things

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