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Rodney Crowell gives his best on ‘Tarpaper Sky’

    Coming off a recent Grammy win with long-time friend and performing partner Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell kicked off his “Tarpaper Sky” tour Saturday night at Music City Texas in Linden, playing to a packed and appreciative house.


Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay: A match made in country duet heaven

    If you’re into traditional country music duets, you might want to check out Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay’s new CD, “Before the World was Made.”


Joe Nichols: Country star celebrating new record and happy life in East Texas

    Before Joe Nichols went into the studio to cut the tracks for “Crickets,” his first record in two years, he made a couple of key decisions.


Kellye Gray: Voice as instrument - Jazz singer covers Texas tunesmiths on new record

Picture it: San Francisco. Late September. Texas native Kellye Gray has a lot to do. The post modern jazz singer’s brilliant new record, “And, They Call Us Cowboys: The Texas Music Project,” hit the streets on Sept. 17. Chaos ensues.


Jimmy Webb remembers: America’s songwriter talks about Elvis, Kenny Rankin, Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell

Jimmy Webb is one of the most honored songwriters of our time. Frank Sinatra called Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” the greatest torch song ever written. It was the third most performed song between 1940 and 1990, according to BMI, behind only “Yesterday” by John Lennon and The Association’s “Never My Love.” He’s the only artist to ever win Grammys in three categories: music, lyrics and orchestration. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, The National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, a member of ASCAP’s board of directors and a recipient of the 2003 Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award.

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