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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January 2022 – Living With the Music

At the risk of sounding like old man yelling at cloud…which is a risk I’m more than okay with as we slide into 2022…remember when we truly lived with albums?  It was common from all genres for you to keep a CD in rotation for months. You’d play that son of a gun until it was worn, scratched and faded.  Your CaseLogic cd holder had a permanent spot missing where the likes of Rollercoaster, Diamonds and Gasoline or #2 Dinner originally had a home. The convenience of streaming has pushed that mode of listening to a distant memory.  Sure, vinyl

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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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