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Steve Earle’s ‘On Top of the World’ at Dallas’ Granada Theater

If Steve Earle's reputation as one of Texas' music legends didn't precede him, you would know it from the first moment he took the stage. Earle, a Shertz native, was joined by The Mastersons and The Dukes for an electrifying show at Dallas' Granada Theater April 26.

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Mac McAnally: 4-time CMA Musician of the Year - ‘I’m the last guy you’re going to get to complain.’

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One of the highlights of Mac McAnally’s July 2010 appearance at Norton Auditorium in Muscle Shoals, Ala., came at the meet and greet after the show.

 

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A memo to Robert Earl Keen: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

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Texas music icon Robert Earl Keen once told me he didn’t write songs on the road because it was just too hard to perform, travel and come up with something original while touring.

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A memo to George Strait: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

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When you’re the ‘king’ of country music, you’re allowed a few missteps. George Strait’s 39th studio album, “Here for a Good Time,” boasts seven tunes written by the country music superstar and his son, Bubba. After several listenings, it’s apparent that neither father nor son carries the songwriting gene. Not one of their collaborations will stick with you for very long.

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A historic night in Texas music: Musicians, fans celebrate Guy Clark

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A host of musicians and production personnel sing “Happy Birthday” to Guy Clark (sitting, center), the dean of Texas songwriting, during a celebration of his 70th birthday Wednesday night at the Long Center in Austin. The sold-out audience was treated to performances by Rodney Crowell (standing, third from right), Lyle Lovett (center, in suit), Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, Rosie Flores (standing, far right), Joe Ely (standing, fourth from right), Terri Hendrix, Verlon Thompson (sitting, left), Shawn Camp (sitting, right) Jack Ingram, Terry Allen, The Trishas, Jerry Jeff Walker (standing, in hat) and John Townes (JT) Van Zandt II (standing next to Walker). Staff Photo by Terry Mathews

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