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From Soap Creek Saloon to Willie Nelson’s Picnic, 1973 Was the Year Austin Music Peaked

February 21, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Back in 1986, while Stevie Ray Vaughan was becoming an MTV guitar hero, three Austin acts—Charlie Sexton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Timbuk3—had Top 20 hits, making the year a great one in touting the Texas capital as a vital music scene.

On ‘Roll On, Cowboys,’ Lubbock’s Andy Hedges Captures Western Music Traditions

February 13, 2023 | By Gene Fowler

When I spoke to Andy Hedges for a 2006 Texas Highways feature on the cowboy music revival, his initial response was, “Well, first off, I’m not a cowboy.” And when I reached out last week to talk about the Lubbock-based singer’s new double album, Roll On, Cowboys, which features duets with a dozen fellow curator-performers of the traditional and modern Western repertoire, he stuck to his guns.

Michael Martin Murphey Is Having a Ball Celebrating 30 Years of His Cowboy Christmas Tour

December 6, 2022 | By Heather Brand

For 30 years, Michael Martin Murphey, 77, has been ringing in the holiday season with his Cowboy Christmas tour, which includes multiple stops throughout Texas and a few surrounding states.

With New Performances, John Lomax III Fuels the Lomax Family Legacy of Preserving American Folk Songs

July 27, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

John Lomax III has been part of my music life for half a century. We were both budding music journalists for Country Music magazine back in the 1970s, and he’s one of those displaced Texans I’d see whenever I visited Nashville over the decades.

The Lost Gonzo Band Talks Jerry Jeff Walker, Austin Music in the ’70s, and Reuniting at Gruene Hall

October 15, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The old band getting back together again is a familiar trope. But this isn’t any old band.

Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball

November 14, 2017 | By

For 82 years straight, the residents of Jones County have been kicking up their heels in holiday celebration at the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball in Anson, held this year Dec.

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