January 2021 – TikTok Tides

“Texas Music” and the ensuing music scene that springs from its tentacles and ensares everything from Red Dirt to folk to Americana has suffered from few credibility crises over the years. However, it has been inundated over the years by an ongoing originality crisis.  With each original act, artist, songwriter, idea there are scores of copycats. It becomes tiresome. It also causes fans to seek something fresh.  Today’s modern streaming listening options provide ample opportunities for folks to sample those fresh sounds.  Sometimes they find them from within our genre’s borders…other times it is found far beyond. I’ve experienced this

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Favorites of 2020

Avoiding all the cliches about how awful 2020 has been is difficult when compiling a list such as this. Or really just looking back at the past 12 months in any capacity. It’s unprecedented in so many respects, but particularly from the arts perspective. Concerts shut down. Venues closed. Movie theaters shuttered. Yet, as they will always do, artists found a way. And that way for musicians was to keep plugging along. Sure they couldn’t perform and play in the traditional manner, but they kept grinding. Live streams and album releases kept the music going until they could be joined

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Bri Bagwell

1.  What’s new and exciting in the world of Bri Bagwell? First of all, quarantine made me a brunette because I decided to save the salon cash and grow my hair out au naturale for a bit.  News alert!  It’s not bright blonde without the bleach.  Also, my music video for “As Soon As You” was on CMT for nine weeks.  I can’t believe I’m typing that – we did the music video during quarantine with one camera man, a very limited team (in masks), clothes/props I ordered from Amazon (because the stores were all closed), and then the song

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December 2020 – Timing

“Songs are like tattoos.” – Margo Price Tattoos are permanent. Sure you can pay tons of money to have them covered up or removed, but the memory remains forevermore. Songs are the same way.  And much like tattoos, songs seem to come to us at just the right time.  Some are visible for a short period of time and others are indelible marks on our psyche and soul.  I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason.  Songs and music are no different.  Music, people, events all hit you at the right time in your life.  Your opinion of

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Billy Joe Shaver (1939 – 2020)

Men don’t come more complicated than Billy Joe Shaver.  On the surface he was often the classic teddy bear.  Bubbling underneath that surface was a penchant for raising hell that often collided with one of the fiercest temper’s God ever placed on this earth.  Billy Joe was born in Corsicana, TX and split his time between there and the Waco area for the bulk of his life. Raised mostly by his grandmother while his mother worked a series of menial jobs, Shaver quit school in the 8th grade and set out into a wide world as apprehensive of him as

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