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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April 2021: The Familiar Sounds of Good Times

It’s been a long and winding road to get here, but we’re finally seeing some sunshine at the end of this very dark tunnel we’ve been in for over 12 months.  Live music is back to happening in person and not just via your screen with shoddy sound.  I’ve partaken in more than a handful of socially distanced, masked shows during this “unprecedented, unparalleled, uncertain time” (insert trademark). But, this past weekend I was able to enjoy two shows in two separate towns that were just completely normal.  Masked if you wanted to be.  As spread out or as close

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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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