Chris King – Animal

If you want to find your passion, surrender to your heartbreak. Your heartbreak points toward a truer north… ~Umair Haque In the linear notes of “Animal”, Chris writes “This album is about as true to myself as I’ve ever made” and while I think that’s true of most people making records.. I think it’s especially true here. Chris shows that, on this record, he’s willing to share some of both the happy and sad truths that life throws us… and exposing your heart like that takes bravery in a world where popular music just wants you to feel good. Also

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The Coast City Line – Spring Acoustic Show

On this Saturday Feb 27th, I’m going to a concert in a 1930’s dancehall in Columbus, TX where 6 of the best musicians I know will be playing. I asked each one to play for many reasons and I wanted to share a very personal one for each with you. I hope it intrigues you to come check out the show… It’s going to be incredible. The Coast City Line Spring Acoustic Show – Info and tickets ($15) Jamie Lin Wilson – “The Wildfire” Jamie’s writing and singing is a wildfire burning out of control. If you get close enough,

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Chris King – Showing His Work on “Animal”

Previewing tracks off upcoming records, to get people excited, seems like the norm these days. Personally, I’m torn about it.. I’m a traditionalist in that when a record releases, I think that should be the first time everyone hears it. But I do admit that it’s very effective when you take Chris King’s method of sharing short video’s of the listen-back in the studio or his latest run of sharing out the final mixes before mastering. He truly is “showing his work” as it’s been happening and is taking us all along for the ride. When I asked him why

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The Coast City Line Fall Acoustic Show

On Saturday Nov 22nd, I’m going to a concert in a historic dancehall and 5 of the best musicians I know will be playing. I asked each one to play for many reasons and I wanted to share a very personal one for each with you. I hope it intrigues you to come check out the show. It’s going to be incredible. The Coast City Line Fall Acoustic Show Jamie Lin Wilson – “The Wildfire” Jamie’s writing and singing is a wildfire burning out of control. If you get close enough, you’ll be engulfed by it and forever carry the

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Jonny Burke’s new EP

Jonny Burke just released a pretty incredible self-titled EP that’s been in regular rotation in my playlist, so I figured I’d spread the word of good music. It’s got 3 songs that include the old Dedringer favorite, “Heart of Gold”… I absolutely love when songs can get new life and Heart of Gold is one that deserves it. Also coming strong on the EP is “Problems”, a co-write with Hayes Carll that took place over an afternoon of laughing and talking about how most of the song is stuff that really happened to them. To say Jonny Burke turned a

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