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    August 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #100-80

    "Between the Hank Williams pain songs And Jerry Jeff's train songs And blue eyes cryin' in the rain Out in Luckenbach, Texas Ain't nobody feeling no pain" - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Luckenbach, Texas" With that introduction, welcome to the first in a five-part series, in which we attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Over The Weekend: Drive-By Truckers and Centro-matic at the Granada Theater

    Drive-By Truckers, Centro-maticGranada TheaterSeptember 2Better than: "Freebird."Drive-By Truckers​In the Drive-By Truckers documentary The Secret to a Happy Ending, a young female fan jokes that she often wears diapers to DBT shows, just so she won't miss any of the show waiting in a bathroo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Legacy's Releasing Three "Unreleased" Johnny Cash Songs Recorded in Dallas. Unreleased?

    Johnny Cash at the Big "D" Jamboree in the mid-'50s​A good Friend of Unfair Park who knows of my fondness for Johnny Cash and the old Big "D" Jamboree -- and those magical moments when they meet on a piece of paper -- was kind enough to send along this Columbia/Legacy press release issued yesterda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    Last Night: Tiger Army at Granada Theater

    Tiger Army Granada Theater January 22, 2008 Better Than: listening to the Stray Cats while waiting for your videotape of Happy Days to rewind. With his dark hair modeled into place and his sleeveless T-shirt showing off his tattooed guns, Tiger Army’s charismatic front man Nick 13 hit the stag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2006

    Something Special

    Helen Hall, one of the great gals of the Big "D" Jamboree, died this week. She was 78. Five years ago I wrote a story about a country singer who was this close to becoming famous but instead became only a legend. In March 2001, Helen Hall, who was born October 20, 1927, in Navarro County, was singin ... More >>

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Drive-By Truckers

    The Dirty South

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Twist at the End

    Sometimes the worst movies have the best soundtracks

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    The Late, Great

    Ronnie Dawson proved there are indeed second acts in rock and roll

  • Music

    September 19, 2002

    Don't Know How

    On her way to the Top 10, Norah Jones had to decide what to do--and what not to do

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    Johnny Cash

    The Essential Johnny Cash / The Fabulous Johnny Cash / Hymns by Johnny Cash / Ride This Train / Orange Blossom Special / Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter (Columbia Legacy)

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Girl Power

    The Gals of the Big "D" Jamboree remain the sweethearts of the wrestling ring

  • Music

    January 4, 2001

    Life is Messy

    Rodney Crowell chases old ghosts down to Houston

  • Music

    October 19, 2000

    Baby, Get Back

    "Autobiography" and bootleg box prove that when it comes to the Beatles, you can never just let it be

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Jimi Hendrix

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  • Music

    August 31, 2000

    Out There

    Rockabilly Rave-Ups

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Across the Bar

    X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Good rockin' last night

    A new CD resurrects the echoes of the long-gone Big "D" Jamboree, where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and some forgotten heroes made Saturday nights swing

  • Music

    September 23, 1999
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    July 15, 1999

    Slick 57

    Drunk Life (Deuce-Hi Records)

  • Music

    March 18, 1999

    Good at being the best

    The youngest man in rock and roll, Ronnie Dawson gets hitched and grows up (sort of)

  • Music

    December 17, 1998
  • Music

    November 12, 1998

    Eyesight to the Blind

    A historian and a playwright bring a Dallas blues legend's story to the stage

  • Music

    October 15, 1998

    Legendary stardust cowboy

    "Groovy" Joe Poovey dies just as his Greatest Grooves are set for release

  • Music

    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?

  • Music

    June 4, 1998

    Back in black

    Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are still our greatest Storytellers

  • Music

    April 23, 1998

    Everything old

    Rockabilly queen Kim Lenz moves ahead by looking backward

  • Music

    April 16, 1998

    In the gutter

    Penelope Spheeris wallows in the Decline of Western Civilization one more time

  • Music

    March 26, 1998

    Git it

    After years of detective work, Gene Vincent's Lost Dallas Sessions resurface

  • Music

    March 5, 1998

    Down in the tube station

    Mary Lou Lord nears the end of her 15 minutes

  • Music

    January 22, 1998

    Rave on cats, he cried

    Carl Perkins, 1932-1998

  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    A dream deferred

    Gene Summers hasn't had to work a day job since 1958, but it took him more than 30 years to get back to the music he loved

  • Music

    July 3, 1997

    Rock 'n' roll high school

    Rock, Baby, Rock It! is classic kitsch, but there's a lesson amid the cheese

  • Music

    March 20, 1997

    Pop mart

    South by Southwest '97: Will guitars give up the ghost? Yes and no, but mostly no

  • Music

    February 20, 1997
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    December 26, 1996

    Water from a deeper well

    TV special documents the building of Wrecking Ball

  • Music

    October 17, 1996

    Truckin' man

    New traditionalist Dale Watson

  • Music

    May 23, 1996

    Hillbilly deluxe

    BR5-49 represents the conscience of the new Nashville

  • Music

    May 23, 1996
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    February 1, 1996


    Some of the best records are the ones never released

  • Music

    January 18, 1996

    More a legend than a band

    Sloppy and perfect, Golden Smog is the best of all worlds

  • Music

    November 9, 1995

    King Curtis

    A rockabilly hero is revered abroad, ignored at home

  • Music

    May 4, 1995

    Roll over, Chuck Berry

    In rock and roll, 'legend' is another word for 'forgotten'

  • Music

    April 27, 1995

    Ghosts in the machine

    When the vinyl jukebox dies, so will a little piece of the music it played

  • Music

    March 9, 1995

    Big star

    Robert Gordon's new book reveals Memphis is once and forever music's Shangri-La

  • Music

    December 8, 1994