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{Off The Cuff} Are You Really Listening?

I love music as much as anyone.

I’ll fight you over it if you want some. You probably don’t if I’m guessing. I have references.

Hell, I have a reasonable amount rhythm and sound killer singing in the shower. That being said, I have no business making a record. Maybe just maybe, you have no business too. Just because your mom and girlfriend/wife think you are great doesn’t necessarily make it so. You should probably keep asking around, seek a few real opinions. Please don’t send me records saying you sound like Uncle Lucius. I already know you are full of shit before I open the envelope. I haven’t heard anyone sound like Kevin Galloway, but Kevin Galloway.

Besides all that… try sounding like you first. Influence is great, but we don’t need another Randy Rogers Band. They already handled that just fine and continue to do so. We don’t need another Pat Green. The one we have is pretty salty already.

Quit saturating the market with your shitty band and tunes. Let the cream be the cream. A lot of Texas Music fans despise Nashville Country. I am a fellow despiser. (If that’s not a word I just made it one.) The truth is the shittiest “Texas Country Music” is shittier than a lot of that “Nashville Pop Music” we despise.

How can you scream for change if you’re part of the problem? I’m disappointed at fans for settling. Your settling for shitty tunes is keeping the real artists … Keep Reading

{Off The Cuff} Clint Eastwood and The Weirdest Night Of My Life

Ed. note–Yesterday, we came across this Hunter S. Thompson-esque take on a Celebrity Pro AM golf tournament from the Facebook feed of Clayton Corn and asked if we could re-publish it here.  He was kind enough to oblige.  This is one of the greatest stories we’ve read in quite some time.  Enjoy!


By: Clayton Corn

This is a true story.

Dateline: February 4, 2009, Pebble Beach, California.

I am a golfer, not a very good golfer, but a golfer none the less. I’ve gotten to do some amazing things because of it. I haven’t played much lately, but I can honestly say that most of the good things that have happened to me over the years started on a golf course and because of one man, Pat Green, I got to spend a LOT of time there. I have a tour bus load of stories to tell about Pat and golf but we’re going to start at numero uno. This little gem cannot be topped and it’s taken me five years to put it to paper (err word processor, err whatever…).

Pat asked me to be his caddie when he was invited to play in the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. We haggled a while about how much it was going to cost him to hire me, whether I’d be flying business or first class and what five-star resort I deemed acceptable if I was going to schlep around his clubs and watch him peel it into the … Keep Reading

{Off The Cuff} Mattson Rainer

You got Mattson on the radio
Playing Robert Earl and Billy Joe
I love you even more than I love Texas
~Slaid Cleaves

You know you’re kind of a big deal when a songwriter like Slaid Cleaves drops your name in a song. Mattson Rainer just marked his 20th year at KNBT in New Braunfels and was honored when he heard his name mixed in on Cleaves’ newest album.

“I remember Robert Earl Keen was one of the first artists to drop a DJ’s name in a song when he sang about “Sleepy John” during I’m Coming Home to You,” said Mattson. “I thought I hope I’m a cool enough DJ that someone puts me in a song someday. Slaid is such a respected artist. It was great. I look at it as a fun thing. I don’t try to take anything too seriously.”

One thing Mattson, who serves as general manager and program director at KNBT, does take seriously is music and he makes it a point to stand up for artists and music he believes in while not letting the business side of music affect his passion.

“I just love music and I always have...”

“I just love music and I always have…”

“I’m a fan first. No matter how many laminates I’ve been given, how many times I’ve been backstage or how many tour buses I’ve hung out on, I’m a fan and I will not allow business to disrupt it. Ultimately at the end of the day, the one thing that just gets … Keep Reading

{Off The Cuff} K Phillips – Lincoln City (Keep It Safe”

Expect and love the unexpected. That pretty much sums up my new found compulsion to K Phillip’s music.

I’d seen him once live and was pretty impressed, so When his record “American Girls” came out, I bought it, went directly to my office and gave it a spin. Brad wrote a great review of it here so I won’t bore you with repeating all the great things he said, but I do want to drive home his point about it being a very diverse record. The arrangements are so good you’ll never even think about them unless you’re someone that has to write about how good they are.

After 20 or so minutes “Lincoln City” qued up and it took me from being in my office listening to great music, straight into the life of the song. The words poured out slowly and drew me deeper into the thoughts of a worn down traveler.

As it nears the end, it picks up more emotion and you can feel the buildup. Realization hits and shatters you with

The Devil can’t take ahold
of a man without a soul
and mine, mine belongs to you

So good. Don’t pass this record off as being “new” and therefore not worth it or needing to be proven. It stands head and shoulders above the other things being released out there.


Lincoln City (Keep It Safe) by K Phillips


I came down from Medicine Hat
with a bedroll on my back
one good … Keep Reading

{Off The Cuff} RIP Rich Caldwell

Yesterday we received the sobering news that a member of the Texas/Red Dirt musical brotherhood had tragically passed away in a car accident.  Rich Caldwell, currently running sound for Wade Bowen but a member of many outfits including being Roger Creager’s first sound guy, will be remembered as one of the best at his job.  He leaves behind a wife and young child and they need your prayers, support and love.

Wade’s set up a PayPal account and bank account to help Rich’s family with the financial burdens of grief.  Visit THIS PAGE to learn how you can contribute and read some heartfelt words from Wade about the impact of this loss.

It’s crazy, today, to think of all that we do. We spend our lives traveling away from those we love only to hurry as quickly as we can to get back to them. And we never worry about the risk. We only see the light ahead. It’s pretty brave if you think about it, especially in days like today. Late nights. Early mornings. Quick meals. Ringing ears. Hurried hugs. Goodbye kisses. Only to hit repeat and start it again the next day…all for love of the game! So many people behind the scenes that keep the wheels turning…that never get their due credit! Today you do. I am proud of all those that continuously make us all sound and look good night after night, year after year! Today I cherish my job. I cherish my family. I cherish

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