November 2022: Thankful for the Musical Feast

November is traditionally for feasting.  Normally that means some overrated food and sale items that aren’t really that great, but in 2022 it also means with regard to music.  We are in the midst of the most fertile and explosive release calendar I can ever recall for this kind of music.  2022 as a whole has been a boon.  A bountiful flood of quality releases have dotted the calendar dating back to January.   But, this August through October stretch has been particularly heavy-hitting.  New albums from scene heavy weights Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band, Adam Hood and Pat Green; new

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September 2022: Sad Songs Make Me Happy?

Sad songs make me happy.  That’s not just a slogan you see on a shirt or Uncle Bekah hat.  It’s the truth.  It’s true for me and it’s true for many.  There are parameters on it though.  It’s not an everyday thing.  It’s a when the mood strikes thing.  And it’s not necessarily happy.  But, it is definitely comfort. I received some troubling news recently regarding the health of a close family member.  After the cursory and mandatory calls and texts had been made, I turned to the music.  I alway have.  Through every triumph, struggle, setback, comeback and mundane

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July 2022 – Discovery is the Best Drug

Throughout the years, this website has prided itself on supporting music we loved, in all its various forms  Primarily roots music made or based in Texas/Oklahoma, but we’ve never shied away from hip-hop, metal, pop or whatever rows our boat.  For 20 years we’ve been chasing the dragons that make us feel that tingly feeling you first felt when you fell in love with your first song.  I’ve detailed in this space over two decades multiple times I felt that feeling.   And there is still nothing better than discovering a cool new artist or a new song from an artist

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June 2022 – Zach Bryan is Blowing Up, but…

No act has blown up quite the way Zach Bryan has in the last two years.  Beginning during the initial Covid lockdown, buzz has steadily grown to a roar around the young Oklahoma singer/songwriter.  His rise has been a throwback to the type of word of mouth grassroots growth that typically was a hallmark of the early internet/pre-streaming era of the music business.  A network of individuals rising to form a colossal block of support, fandom and revenue.  Just last week, Bryan released his major label debut, a double album entitled American Heartbreak. An ambitious project that is also a

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Pat at 50

My entanglements with the music of Pat Green are well documented.  I’ve written and spoken thousands of words about it over the last 20 plus years.  The wave of energy that crested in the late 90s with Pat’s ascent is something that will not be recreated or experienced again.  His affable awshucks demeanor, blazing stage presence, professional band, catalog of songs and general attitude had not been seen before and it has not been seen since.  He took what Robert Earl Keen and Jack Ingram were doing next level.  He leaned on guys like Walt Wilkins and Joe Ely to

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