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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June 2021: Circles and Cycles

Here at Galleywinter World Headquarters we receive all manner of artist promo emails, packages and assortments. Most recently, this included a very cool package from the Reckless Kelly crew re-issuing their fine double record from 2020.  As cool as that was, another recent message stoked my motivation for this month’s corner. It was an email from a publicist (not normally connected to the Texas scene or anything we really cover around here) asking for coverage of a new client of hers.  It was in reference to a young female artist who had scored “multiple chart hits in Texas!”  I listened

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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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