Folk Hotel for release on September 8 will be Tom Russell’s 36th solo record. An artist who needs no introduction on these pages, having received much critical acclaim over a 40 year career not just for the quality of his work, […]
The best music takes on a life of its own, but it’s important for fans to ensure it doesn’t become a shut-in. Consider rock and roll’s recent slide in popularity (to some extent at the hands of the banjo). Rock may […]
The late Leonard Cohen recently said if he knew where good songs came from, he’d go there more often. If this is so, then over the years Butch Hancock seems to have found an oasis of songs in West Texas. […]
As the holidays approach, people are looking for unique gifts for their friends and loved ones. While pledging to a crowdfunding campaign in their name might seem like an odd gift, it’s actually a great one for a music lover, […]
When Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival began in 2001, at the urging of fellow West Virginia native Hazel Dickens, it was called Strictly Bluegrass. But, in 2004, in order to reflect the wider changes in roots music, the word “Hardly” was added. […]
Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that programming and managing an internet radio station is a labor of love. It also might just be the future of radio. Danny Birch of Radio Vagabond certainly has a passion for music, which […]
There was a sign backstage at the Guy Clark tribute concert at the Ryman that said: “Guy’s songs are more interesting than your stories.” But that didn’t stop people from talking and by the next morning, there were still Guy […]
It’s great to see so many “low power” FM radio stations popping up across the country like Richmond, Va.’s WRIR-LP, where Garry Morse does his “Lost Music Saloon” show on. And, for the first time, a DJ mentions classical music as a favorite […]
We’re back to radio this week, after a brief diversion into the wider world of the music business. I first met Jamie Hoover at the Strawberry Music Festival sometime in the 1990s. The fact that her show is syndicated on so […]
For my money, nothing encapsulates the Lone Star ethos better than Texas Monthly’s slogan: the national magazine of Texas. The state’s certainly big and bombastic enough to be a sovereign entity, with its own swagger, cuisine, culture, and way of […]
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