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    September 8, 2014

    Aretha Franklin at Winspear Opera House, 9/6/14

    Aretha Franklin Winspear Opera House, Dallas Saturday, September 6, 2014 Tuxedos and glittering, fancy dresses were the preferred attire Saturday night at the Winspear Opera House. And no, the well-heeled in attendance were not there to see a production of Wagner. Soul music queen Aretha Franklin w ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Lance Lopez Brings the Blues to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks Each Week

    Lance Lopez knows the blues. The Dallas native has been sharpening his blues' slinging chops since he was a child. He can feel it in his bones, through his fingertips as they slide across the fretboard. Lopez's guitar skills sometimes seem otherworldly as he bends his strings to create something sou ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Robert Cray on Being a Blues Legend: "At the End of the Day, You Have to Play Tomorrow"

    Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single "Smoking Gun," Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- dec ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    The Best Texas Music Venues for Road Trippin'

    As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 musi ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Texas Musicians Remember Johnny Winter

    For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Ronnie Sterling, the Assistant Principal Who's in a Metal Band

    Ronnie Sterling isn't your typical high school assistant principal. He's also a guitarist in Protest, a local band known for its "unrelenting, no bullshit metal onslaught on stage." It often comes as shock to students when they find out he plays in a metal band. "Wow, there's no way," they say. Afte ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    February 6, 2014

    The 15 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, February 6-12

    Dallas, what the hell? It is offensively cold outside. I don't appreciate it, and I don't want any part of it, but despite my wants or needs, the polar vortex has laid its wrath upon us with great vengeance and furious anger. I took my dog for a walk this morning, and even in double layers, I wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Meet Three People Who Want to Tell You About Dallas' Blues History

    Since Hart Ward penned his classic "Dallas Blues" in 1912, the city has established a proud tradition in the blues genre with its performers, venues and documentarians. Today, Dallas' blues legacy remains in the hands of a smaller number of people than it has in years past. But some, like Wanda King ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Dallas Blues Artists

    The Lone Star State has long produced some of the greatest blues legends to ever pick up a guitar or stand behind a microphone. Legends like Albert Collins from Leona, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins from Centerville and Johnny Winter from Beaumont all have found the blues in Texas. Hell, we even have a Gra ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    The Search for the Perfect Guitar, Part III

    "Vintage Silvertone Acoustic guitar," "1977 Dobro Duolian," "Martin 00X1 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar (14 Fret)" are just some of the headlines advertising guitars on Craigslist, but how are you supposed to play them, hear them, feel them? When you order a guitar online, you're missing an important p ... More >>

  • Music

    October 20, 2011

    And the Winners Are ... You

    Our 23rd annual Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase a scene ready for the spotlight.

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    September 6, 2011

    Over the Weekend: Buddy Guy at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival

    Buddy Guy, Buddy Whittington, Jim Suhler, The Rick Kelly Band, othersBedford Blues & BBQ FestivalSeptember 4, 2011 Better than: sitting outside and soaking in the blues when the summer hasn't ended. Buddy GuyAs a stiff breeze blew the last remnants of excessive heat from the area, legendary blue ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Sterling Winfield Engineered Pantera Albums, Toured The World and Produces Hellyeah

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Sterling Winfield​It's such a cool thing when our LMA subjects have the humble beginning of simply being a fan. Even more exhilarating is the fan who elevates to a position of we ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    The 15 Worst ...and Friends! Albums Of All-Time

    ​It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Without You, I'm Nothing

    "Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Big Fan: AFI Dallas Announces Its Complete Line-Up, Minus the Closing-Night Movie(s?)

    Patton Oswalt is the Big Fan, scheduled to play the AFI Dallas International Film Fest this yearMoments ago, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival sent along its complete schedule for this year's fest, which runs March 26 through April 2 -- with, as we've noted before, most screenings taking pl ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2008

    Obama and Me

    It was the year 2000, and I was a young, hungry reporter in Chicago with a young, hungry state legislator on my speed dial

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    September 13, 2007

    Sure Hope You Like Norah Jones

    Speaking of Arts Magnet grad Norah Jones -- which I was, kinda -- her publicist sends word this afternoon that she's about to be, well, everywhere. On TV (she's the performer on the Austin City Limits season premiere, set to debut October 6). In the movies (Wong Kar-Wai's My Blueberry Nights). On th ... More >>

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    May 11, 2006
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    January 15, 2004

    Here's Hoping

    Hope springs eternal on Second Avenue, but real change comes slowly

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    March 29, 2001

    Blues Valentine

    Tom Waits for no one--except guitarist-singer John Hammond

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    November 16, 2000

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

    SRV (Epic Records/Legacy)

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    July 29, 1999

    Shut in breaks down the last barrier to being a musician -- leaving the house

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    June 10, 1999

    Radio-Free Garland

    An unlikely suburban airwave pirate lands in the FCC's crosshairs

  • Music

    October 15, 1998

    Mose's better blues

    A trip to Long Island reveals an Allison wonderland

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    August 13, 1998

    Fake the money and run

    Steve Miller learned everything he knows about music while living in Dallas--but has he forgotten it all?

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    April 30, 1998
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    December 25, 1997

    Cry tough

    Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there

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    August 28, 1997

    Camelot in 4/4 time

    A golden age in Dallas jazz turns 40

  • Music

    August 21, 1997

    Reef's herbal remedy

    Another sign of the end of the Brit-pop invasion?

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    August 7, 1997

    Bandleader at bay

    Arranger-conductor Onzy Matthews proves that only the strong survive

  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    Electric blue

    Jim Suhler talks about life and the local bluesman

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    February 1, 1996


    Some of the best records are the ones never released

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    November 16, 1995

    Live and demystified

    More man than legend, Bob Dylan brings it all back home

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    November 9, 1995

    Winedale nation

    A man, his guitar, and a last-chance bar on Greenville Ave.

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    July 13, 1995