Supergroup Panhandling

Supergroups are a difficult task to undertake.  They’re equally challenging to evaluate. The exploit of participating in a supergroup has rarely been done well.  It falls flat more often than not. The exceptions being bands like The Highwaymen, The Highwomen, Traveling Wilburys, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. Often the individual parts are greater than the whole.  Flashes of brilliance streak across the vanity of the project and give glimpses of greatness while never quite ever achieving the overall brilliance that the solo artists had achieved themselves.  That brings us to the most recent supergroup and the first

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Mile 0 Remains Charming on the Third Try

Key West, Florida is the stuff of legend.  Pirates.  Rum.  Hemingway.  Jerry Jeff.  Buffett.  Duval. And for the past three winters it’s been the stuff of Texas/Red Dirt legends.  Jamie Lin Wilson’s transcendence.  Mike and the Moonpies emergence.  Wade Bowen’s genuineness.  Willy Braun’s presence. Cody Canada’s gratitude. And so on. It’s the tale of how two songs connected the entire week.  Willie T’s is one of the more famous local haunts on Duval Street.  For years, travelers and revelers have been hitting up this joint featuring approximately 16 hours of live music a day and the wall décor of George Washington greenbacks. People have been writing messages on the dollars and placing

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Mile 0 2020: What To Know

Mile 0 Fest strolls into its third year of existence and the heaven on earth that many of us discovered in year one has only gotten better.  That first year many of us stumbled into the Keys drunk on romantic notions of Buffett, Hemingway and with no internal compass of what to expect.  Our wildest dreams were surpassed. We were the Lewis and Clark of Canada and Boland. Each of us on that maiden voyage from the organizers to the bands to the attendees broke ground on what could be possible with a festival. Traditions were started. Relationships designed. Memories

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Our Favorites of The Decade

Time passes slowly and then one day you look back and realize what a truly strange (and long) trip it has been.  Moments become memories and memories become moments. Tastes change from month to month, let alone year to year. And certainly every 10 years.   When we did this exercise for the years ranging from 2000-2009, the usual suspects that were the building blocks of this scene were found.  Randy Rogers Band – Rollercoaster, Pat Green – Carry On, Reckless Kelly – Under the Table, Above the Sun, Ragweed – Purple, Waylon Payne – The Drifter.  With the table set

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Influencers

Over the years, we have documented at great length the contributions of the singers, songwriters, producers and musicians connected to the Texas/Red Dirt scene.  However, a recent conversation led me to try and discern the folks who have created the greatest impacts without playing an instrument.  Thus, this feature was born. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the same can be said for a music career or scene.  One person can start it, but it takes many, many people to sustain it.  What we know as Texas/Red Dirt has roots in the music of Willie

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