Live Music is Back In Texas

Like many other industries over the past 16 months or so , things have been on ice for the music industry.  This has impacted no other facet of it greater than the independent music scene in Texas and Oklahoma.  A house concert here, a tiny bar there, sequestered Mondays on the regular.  All of it helped fill the void, but was unable to complete the caverns of despair caused by the loss of live music as we knew it prior to February 2020.  Things are changing though. Mile 0 Fest kicked off a swing of big shows that are ramping

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Mile 0 2021: Love Conquered Uncertainty

Ponce de Leon first discovered Key West in 1521 during his expedition to Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth.  I first discovered Key West via the tales of Jerry Jeff Walker coaxing Jimmy Buffett down there in the early 1970’s.  500 years after Ponce de Leon first hit the island, many of us made our fourth trip down to the tip of the continental USA for another Mile 0 Fest.  The festival is the stuff dreams are made of.  Pretty much everything you can draw up in a utopian setting for a music festival is in play here. 

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April 2021: The Familiar Sounds of Good Times

It’s been a long and winding road to get here, but we’re finally seeing some sunshine at the end of this very dark tunnel we’ve been in for over 12 months.  Live music is back to happening in person and not just via your screen with shoddy sound.  I’ve partaken in more than a handful of socially distanced, masked shows during this “unprecedented, unparalleled, uncertain time” (insert trademark). But, this past weekend I was able to enjoy two shows in two separate towns that were just completely normal.  Masked if you wanted to be.  As spread out or as close

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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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Charley Crockett – 10 For Slim

The first time I ever heard James “Slim” Hand, it was just in conversation at the dusty bartop in Tokio, TX at, what else, the Tokio Store.  Tokio was one of our favorite early 00’s haunts.  Just outside of West, it was the type of building that dots the landscape of the Lone Star State that looks as likely as it is home to a good time as it is to be scheduled for demolition in the morning.  The entire structure kind of leaned to 10 o’clock.  Now, mind you, the Hand family is well known in northern McLennan County

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