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    July 3, 2014

    Willie Nelson's All-Time Biggest Gambles

    While Willie Nelson is a legendary artist from Texas (and we certainly love that fact), he's long since transcended simple regional borders. It's almost too limiting to even refer to him as an American icon, though he is obviously that without question. The man is a survivor, an activist and practic ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    One Last Mic Check With Phil York

    See also: Phil York, legendary Dallas producer, dead at age 70 Phil York and I crossed paths in summer 2009. I was researching the liner notes for the Heavy Light release of The Relatives' Don't Let Me Fall, a stunning revelation of Dallas gospel-funk from the early '70s, which York engineered at ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    How Merle Haggard Turned Me On To Bedhead

    I was fortunate enough to speak with legend Merle Haggard for this week's print edition of the Observer. Aside from being in awe each time he mentioned Willie Nelson, Lake Shasta (his home for many years, which he refers to in multiple songs) or Johnny Cash, I was particularly struck by our quick di ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Chad Butler of Switchfoot: "Christianity Is A Faith And Not A Musical Genre."

    Switchfoot is one of those bands critics love to hate: religious, relatively clean cut and exceedingly family-friendly. But over the years, the band's has shown an admirable independent streak. Forsaking a major label in 2009 was just the start. Speaking from the San Diego airport in anticipation o ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Scott Long Is Living The Dream, Touring With Hellyeah, Hopping Flights To Australia

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes. Scott Long has worked in retail, managed a couple local bands (alongside former Dallas Star Brad Lukowich), worked for labels and, until two weeks ago, sold radio time for Clear Channel. He's currently been using h ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Tony Edwards Wants To Help Build Your Band's Brand With His Growing Street-Team Company

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.Tony Edwards​Tony Edwards was almost certainly a hummingbird in a past life. He darts, moves, and ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Music-Related Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    Mother's Day is nigh upon us--and c'mon, you can do better than some crappy (and sappy) card. It's time to give your mom a gift that reflects how you really feel about her. Now, she may not enjoy the following music-related gift ideas, but make sure you throw that gift receipt into the package befor ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    Coffee, T-4-2, Or A Trip Down Amnesia Lane?

    Us olds here at the paper version of DC9 remember well the name T-4-2, try as we might to erase Dallas' new-wavers from our musical memory. The band, which underwent several lineup changes over the course of its lifetime, was, for a time, a rather big deal; it was, after all, signed to Columbia Reco ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    Under a Sly Stone, There's a Lost Dream

    Sixty-three years ago today, Sylvester Stewart was born in Dallas. Or Denton. Probably Denton. Far as I've ever been able to tell, Sylvester's family did live in Dallas, though no one has ever said precisely where or for how long. And how about this for confusing: On this "official" Web site, it say ... More >>

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    July 26, 2006

    Grail for Sale?

    A New York company claims it's selling, for $6 million, the guitar Robert Johnson's holding in this legendary picture of one of music's most influential writers and performers. There is a company in Washingtonville, New York, called Moments In Time Manuscripts Inc. that sells rare artifacts--among t ... More >>

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    May 30, 2006

    "Dallas Rag" and Other Stomps

    Blind Lemon Jefferson: Ya know, he's not just the namesake of a failing club in Deep Ellum. Over the weekend, a friend wondered precisely what good reason this city had for not having a Dallas music museum in, say, Deep Ellum, where Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly hopped off the train some 80 ye ... More >>