January 2020: Fresh Starts

The traditional New Year falls on January 1.  But, for Texas Music the calendar doesn’t really reset until MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Much like The Super Bowl which once sold tickets for $5 and was a television afterthought before growing into the biggest show of the year; MusicFest has grown over the past 35 years from John Dickson’s super cool excuse to get a few of his favorite songwriters together in one of his favorite towns into a multi-day, 100 artist extravaganza.  Every square inch of Steamboat is populated by sponsored content. There insn’t a stage, ballroom or condo

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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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December 2019: How Did We Get Here?

Had a conversation at a show the other night where the opening act was underwhelming.  The conversation went something sort of like this. Me: (jokingly) Either I’m getting old or I just don’t know what good music is anymore. Friend:  (laughing)  Nah man, your ears as good as it ever was.  We all evolve as listeners and by now we definitely know good from bad. His sentiment is true.  But, we are the outliers.  Taste is subjective. Appeal is massive. We are the quality over quantity types.  The ones who’d like something to hit the cineplexs or streaming services that

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Our Favorites of 2019

These are the albums, songs and artists that shaped our 2019.  We call it favorites, because best is so subjective. These moved our needle, but perhaps you have other favorites…please drop them in the comments so people can discover them.   ALBUMS  Austin Meade – Waves Amped up follow-up to Meade’s debut LP, this collection picks up the Ragweed-esque torch and burns the joint to the ground.  Centered around Meade’s solid songwriting, but driven by the best riffs of the year. This is a windows down, speed up jammer. Chris Knight – Almost Daylight It would be hard for Chris Knight

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