This Road Isn´t Forever – Robert Earl Keen Hangs It Up

The news hit my shoulders like a double dose of elephants doing jumping jacks and my gut like a broken elevator ride. As I watched Robert Earl Keen´s video announcing his retirement from touring and performing, I sat slackjawed as a whirlwind of emotions overtook me. Sad. Bewildered. Forlorn. I was seeking connectivity and began texting musician buddies, some of whom hadn´t yet heard the news. My proclamation that ¨This Bob Keen news is hitting me hard.¨ scared a few of them as they feared and assumed the worst. After a quick correction on my end we began to reminisce

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Favorites of 2021

Below you will find our list of favorite songs, albums, artists, songwriters, entertainers and more.  Those that moved the needle for us this year.  Those that made us listen on end, pay attention and spread the good word.  Dig in to our favorites, tell us yours.  Enjoy! Spotify playlist of these favorites: Albums Flatland Cavalry – Welcome to Countryland Cleto Cordero and the boys come back with their most well-rounded effort to date.  Radio candy slides in right alongside hearty folk and Americana.  It’s all grounded in Cordero’s songwriting wisdom and peppered with big hooks and enough fiddle to make

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November 2021 – Gratitude

I’m thankful for music.  I’ve been blessed quite a bit in life, but nothing quite competes with music for my fanciful wanderlust and attention.  It’s my chief hobby.  Sure, I’ll hunt and fish and I’m a diehard sports fan for my squads…but music consumes me in a way like no other entity.  If there’s a free spot on my calendar, I’m looking for a show.  And, there’s still nothing quite like the thrill that I get when I hear a song that resonates with me for the first time. Music isn’t just good for the soul, it’s essential. For many

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October 2021: Drafting the Biz

The Texas Music scene in 2021 is kind of like your favorite sports team that hasn’t won a title in a couple years.  The roster is aging, the fanbase is satisfied but restless and everyone is waiting for the draft pick, coaching change or free agent signing that’s going to turn things back to a championship level.  This is not to mean that the squad isn’t scoring victories, because we’re racking up dubs with Cody Johnson selling out arenas nationwide, Koe Wetzel packing baseball stadiums, Parker McCollum playing the Opry, stalwarts like Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen keeping things

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Aug 2021 – It Lives in Here

Andy Dufresne had just spent two weeks in solitary confinement, better known as the hole, when he emerged bemused and seemingly even more confident than when he had gone in. His mess hall buddies were confused and still roaring with laughter about the stunt that put Andy in the hole in the first place. Andy had leveraged his position as prison librarian to obtain a shipment of LP’s and books. One of the records was an Italian opera.  “Le Nozze di Figaro,” specifically the Duettino “Sull’aria to be exact. Andy barricaded himself in the wardens office and blared the recording

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