Mattson Rainer

You got Mattson on the radio Playing Robert Earl and Billy Joe I love you even more than I love Texas ~Slaid Cleaves You know you’re kind of a big deal when a songwriter like Slaid Cleaves drops your name in a song. Mattson Rainer just marked his 20th year at KNBT in New Braunfels and was honored when he heard his name mixed in on Cleaves’ newest album. “I remember Robert Earl Keen was one of the first artists to drop a DJ’s name in a song when he sang about “Sleepy John” during I’m Coming Home to You,”

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K Phillips – Lincoln City (Keep It Safe”

Expect and love the unexpected. That pretty much sums up my new found compulsion to K Phillip’s music. I’d seen him once live and was pretty impressed, so When his record “American Girls” came out, I bought it, went directly to my office and gave it a spin. Brad wrote a great review of it here so I won’t bore you with repeating all the great things he said, but I do want to drive home his point about it being a very diverse record. The arrangements are so good you’ll never even think about them unless you’re someone that has to write

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RIP Rich Caldwell

Yesterday we received the sobering news that a member of the Texas/Red Dirt musical brotherhood had tragically passed away in a car accident.  Rich Caldwell, currently running sound for Wade Bowen but a member of many outfits including being Roger Creager’s first sound guy, will be remembered as one of the best at his job.  He leaves behind a wife and young child and they need your prayers, support and love. Wade’s set up a PayPal account and bank account to help Rich’s family with the financial burdens of grief.  Visit THIS PAGE to learn how you can contribute and read some

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Willie, Waylon and the Boys That Changed Country Music

photo credit:  Texas Monthly/Jim Marshall Photography Texas Monthly‘s April 2012 feature is a revealing oral history of modern Texas Music titled “That 70′s Show”.  It is now available online and is an absolute must read for any fan of Texas Music.  Some of the stories are well worn and known, others not so much.  With gem yarns from folks like Gary P. Nunn such as: Jerry Jeff showed up for a gig one night in a bathing suit, a vest, a cowboy hat, and maybe a bandanna… You’ll be hooked reading each line of this fantastic tale of how what

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Respect

After publicly stating (you know… on the twitter) a slightly negative opinion about a popular musician a while back, I got a reply back saying I should expect some phone calls and death threats. Interesting enough, it’s probably true given the level of devotion his fans and management have. Good for them. There’s no reason to fear anything or anyone when you have people’s respect. I don’t have a care in the world who they talk to or who they try to persuade, that I’m full of shit… that I don’t know what I’m talking about or that I’m two

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