May 2020: Megan and Paul

When I first moved off to college, I was already a fairly hardcore music fan. But, like most people those first years of true independence shaped my pallete beyond what I’d been exposed to from my parents and older sister. In high school, my friends and I were metal heads for the most part. Although we did love us some Master P and Garth too. I like to think of it as being well-rounded. That’s a facet of my listening that has endured over the years. I began dabbling in what we know as Texas Music while still in high

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April 2020: Giving a Hand, Lifting a Voice

As we continue to navigate this new normal as it has come to be known, a small part of my daily routine has been trying to figure out how best to use this platform we’ve cultivated here on Galleywinter.  Here we’re only looking at the musical aspect of all this.  It’s a detachment from the rest of my life that involves teaching from home, taking care of my family, worrying about all of the tentacles of this thing.  It’s a respite of focus.   How to best highlight those musically in need and give a voice to the artists.  Causing

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April 2020: We’ll Do It Live

With all of the uncertainty and changes around us, one thing has remained constant: live music. It’s just that the venue looks a little different. Tufts of dog hair have replaced hardwood floors. Throw pillows might be found where barstools used to sit. Tickets are easy to come by. And man is the beer cheaper and the crowd way more quiet and respectful. I am of course referring to the widespread trend of taking live music to the multiple streaming platforms. You can find someone playing a show at just about any hour of the day post-noon on any social

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March 2020: The Times They Are Most Definitely Changin’

Well, here we are. The COVID19 virus has caused an interruption in lifestyle like no other moment in memory. Being that this is a music blog, we will only focus on the musical side of all this. That is not to trivialize or minimize the severity and alarming nature of all that is coming our way. It is a monumental and historic moment. Seemingly every hour brings bleaker news and more restrictions. The days after 9/11 comes closest in scope within my memory, but that was a different time and different threat. We were still able to congregate and revel

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January 2020: Fresh Starts

The traditional New Year falls on January 1.  But, for Texas Music the calendar doesn’t really reset until MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Much like The Super Bowl which once sold tickets for $5 and was a television afterthought before growing into the biggest show of the year; MusicFest has grown over the past 35 years from John Dickson’s super cool excuse to get a few of his favorite songwriters together in one of his favorite towns into a multi-day, 100 artist extravaganza.  Every square inch of Steamboat is populated by sponsored content. There insn’t a stage, ballroom or condo

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