July 2020: Defending the Music

“Man, that song sucks!” That was the response I got as I commandeered the state of the art Pioneer cd player in my buddy’s maroon Pontiac Grand Am to play him the brand new Foo Fighters record that had just come out. That was 25 years ago this week. My peer group was comprised of folks who loved 90’s country like Garth, 90’s hip-hop like Snoop and anything heavy metal. Pantera and Metallica were the top two favorites, but we all loved anything heavy and loud. We were also music snobs without knowing what that meant. Our conversations veered all

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Best of 2020…so far

What a year 2020 has been. All the optimism that abounded on January 1 was lost by Friday March 13. The world stopped and it hasn’t quite gotten back on track since. Throughout it all, the creators and artists have kept on keeping on in the remarkable ways only they know how. In our music scene, live shows have ground to a halt but new music releases haven’t slowed down at all. It’s been an interesting six months of releases. Below you’ll find our favorite 12 albums of the first half of the year. Several artists such as Lori McKenna,

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Half in Plain Sight

I came home from kindergarten one day and told my parents that my “girlfriend” had chased me down on the playground and tried to kiss me. They laughingly asked who she was, I said “Ebbie!” They followed the conversation through by telling me we shouldn’t be doing that.  They didn’t tell me that because Ebbie was African-American.  They told me that because we were five years old. I was raised in a podunk northern suburb of Waco, Texas called Elm Mott. Heart of the Bible Belt, smack dab in the middle of central Texas.  My parents were progressive for the

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May 2020: Megan and Paul

When I first moved off to college, I was already a fairly hardcore music fan. But, like most people those first years of true independence shaped my pallete beyond what I’d been exposed to from my parents and older sister. In high school, my friends and I were metal heads for the most part. Although we did love us some Master P and Garth too. I like to think of it as being well-rounded. That’s a facet of my listening that has endured over the years. I began dabbling in what we know as Texas Music while still in high

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April 2020: Giving a Hand, Lifting a Voice

As we continue to navigate this new normal as it has come to be known, a small part of my daily routine has been trying to figure out how best to use this platform we’ve cultivated here on Galleywinter.  Here we’re only looking at the musical aspect of all this.  It’s a detachment from the rest of my life that involves teaching from home, taking care of my family, worrying about all of the tentacles of this thing.  It’s a respite of focus.   How to best highlight those musically in need and give a voice to the artists.  Causing

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