Mile 0 Fest 2021: Forging Ahead in 4th Year

As we prepare to embark on our fourth journey down to the magical island hamlet known as Key West, it is with perhaps greater excitement than in any of the previous three.  This fact has nothing to do with the lineup, the change in date or any logistical matters.  It is simply a pent-up Covid response that we’re finally getting to do something normal and fun.  Kyle Carter and the gang set the bar high with their first three forays into hosting a festival.  And they have continued to be leaders throughout the pandemic.  Optimistically putting their necks on the

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Clique Bait

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest contributor is none other than The Puzzle Man himself, Seth Jones of The Seth Jones Band. When he’s not healthcaring about his day or making odd remarks on Twitter you can find him and his tunes at https://sethjonesmusic.com/ Have you ever been in a clique? Of course you have! Maybe you didn’t know it, but you were. A clique is loosely defined as a small group of people, with shared interests, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them. Your clique could simply be you and a few of your best

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Panhandling in Cowtown

One of the many significant crimes committed by the year from hell has been the postponement of one of the most feel-good events in this scene, the debut of The Pandhandlers. The flatland super group of Josh Abbott, Cleto Cordero, John Baumann, and William Clark Green dropped their first record at the beginning of the year, about the same time the pandemic hit its stride. Touring plans were squashed, and like everything else, the record took a back seat to lock downs, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. While mainstream country is all about radio play to move its fan base,

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Billy Joe Shaver (1939 – 2020)

Men don’t come more complicated than Billy Joe Shaver.  On the surface he was often the classic teddy bear.  Bubbling underneath that surface was a penchant for raising hell that often collided with one of the fiercest temper’s God ever placed on this earth.  Billy Joe was born in Corsicana, TX and split his time between there and the Waco area for the bulk of his life. Raised mostly by his grandmother while his mother worked a series of menial jobs, Shaver quit school in the 8th grade and set out into a wide world as apprehensive of him as

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Jerry Jeff Walker (1942-2020)

Lives don’t get lived harder than the one that Ronald Clyde Crosby lived for the past 78 years. The last 54 of those years were spent under the name, spell, spirit and lifestyle of Jerry Jeff Walker. Born in Oneonta, New York on March 16, 1942, Jerry Jeff had wandering bone and a gypsy heart that could not be contained. He bounced around with various garage bands in his teenage years before a stint in the National Guard. Walker wasn’t fit for military life and soon found himself AWOL and busking in New Orleans. The burgeoning folk music scene and

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