Texas Music Walkout

The role of music at sporting events is often overlooked, yet it is crucial to the overall game experience and the entire vibe of a contest.  With the Texas Rangers magical postseason ride capturing the imaginations of just about everyone across the state and beyond (even those Astros fans who begrudgingly cheer for their AL brethren right now due to a hatred of the Cardinals), it brings to the forefront the importance of momentum and specifically the soundtrack to that momentum. Perhaps no other sport is as attached to atmospheric music in the ballpark as baseball.  Dating back to the

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Nashville Undercover

by: Donovan Dodd When cruising around the southwest side of downtown Nashville in the area known as Music Row it’s hard not to wonder where all the corporate billboards, skyscrapers and businessmen are. In this age of sponsorships, skinny jeans, conformity, Taylor Swift and the search for the next big thing it’s really easy to think that everyone in this town is a follower, or at the very least a vendor of some sort of assembly line style of music. In actuality the musicians are soulful, uber creative & nothing short of amazing, while Music Row is nothing more than

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Gibson Meets Lacy

by Anthony Silas, attorney at law Are you carrying contraband? That is not the question any traveling musician would ever want to hear, but one that may become more common following a recent amendment to a 100 year old law.  Interestingly, the contraband at issue is not the 51 pieces found on the side of the road in a Ragweed song; it is guitars. On July 17, 1982 Stevie Ray Vaughan played the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He took with him his 1963 Stratocaster known as Number One.  Upon returning to United States, Number One came back with Stevie

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Confessions of a Misplaced DJ

by:  Pamela Hollinger It’s been a while. It’s been a while since I’ve witnessed something great…something that makes me smile so sincerely I can feel the joy permeating my soul. This is a good thing. You see, it’s been almost 2 years since Mandatory FM had to quit broadcasting and it was a very sad day for all of us involved. After that happened, I fell into a musical black hole, where the gravitational pull of being disconnected was so strong and emotionally empty that I wondered where I was headed. How could I go from being so involved (and hopefully helpful) to this? I

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The Cautionary Tale of Jani Lane

Jani Lane passed away at the relatively young age of 47 this week in a seedy motel in a middle class LA suburb.  It was worlds away from the youth he’d enjoyed in Akron, Ohio where he’d begun playing drums as a prodigious 11 year old.  Music had been his life and passion.  After bouncing around a few local bands, a young Jani headed out to LA via a short Florida detour where it seemed any young musician in the 80s had to be if they wanted to make it.  Soon, his band was playing the local hair metal circuit

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