Garth Brooks

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Crystal Yates Chased Her Country Music Dreams from Florida to McKinney

    As a child growing up in the tiny town of Niceville, Florida, McKinney transplant and country singer-songwriter Crystal Yates couldn't avoid the twangy sounds of country music even if she had wanted to. "My mom says I could sing 'Why Don't You Love Me' by Hank Williams before I could say my ABCs," e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Country Stars Who Live in Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Bro Country's Sexism is Ruining Country Music

    In the past few years, it seems like everyone has been picking on country music. As the genre becomes more and more dominated by good ol' boys looking for a good time, the term "bro country" has increasingly been used by music critics to pejoratively describe some of the most popular artists in coun ... More >>

  • Music

    April 17, 2014
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    February 3, 2014

    The Voice Alumnus Curtis Grimes is A Rodeo Veteran

    In the late spring of 2011, Gilmer, Texas-raised Curtis Grimes competed in the first season of the NBC's ratings-bonanza The Voice. While the show has remained a phenomenon, Grimes, participating under the tutelage of CeeLo Green, made his mark on that trail-blazing season by showing off his smooth, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 13, 2013
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    January 31, 2013
  • 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

    March 9, 2012

    Wayne Hancock: "The Whole Alt-Country Thing is Bullshit."

    Even though country singer Wayne "The Train" Hancock was born in the '60s, he comes across like a man from an entirely different generation. His look, mannerisms and style of music are much more akin to someone raised in the Roaring Twenties, though Hancock's first album was released in 1995. Speak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Grant Jones Names His All-Time Top Five Non-Texan Country Artists

    Grant Jones​Regular readers of DC9 and regular drinkers at just about any North Texas honky-tonk are likely familiar with Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos by now. Between celebrating a great victory in the 2009 Shiner Rising Star Contest (where they won a recording contract) and suffering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Listomania: Ten Acts More Deserving Of Playing The Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show Than The Black Eyed Peas

    ​A week ago today, we passed along word of the still-circulating rumor that the Black Eyed Peas would be the performers at Super Bowl XLV, which, you surely already know, is set to take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, February 6.We've yet to squash that rumor--the closest we got w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Gig Alerts: Jon Wolfe at House of Blues' Voodoo Lounge and Kevin Deal at the The Ranch in Los Colinas

    Jon Wolfe​Fans of Americana and country have a nice choice of singer/songwriters to choose from this evening.Hailing out of Tulsa, Jon Wolfe has the looks to be easily dismissed as (yet) another Garth Brooks wannabe. But don't let the big black hat and tight fitting jeans fool you. Wolfe has a kil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.16.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *According to my very unscientific research conducted on this very blog over the last two years, the most sensitive, whiny, irrational folks on Earth are: 1. Ticket P1s; 2. Right-wing Republicans; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Ben Kweller On His Own Sound: 'The Mix Of Eagle, Edge and Young Country'

    Years ago, area legend Ben Kweller was dubbed a wunderkind by nearly every music publication in the country. Today, the child has grown into a husband and father--and says he's eager to reconnect his family and career to the place he still calls home: Texas.His fourth major solo album, Changing Hors ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2008
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    April 24, 2007

    The Beard is Back!

    Local radio just got a little bit better with the return of Redbeard. When Chancellor Media Corporation abruptly and without warning yanked Q102 off the air in the late summer of 1998, there was a rumor floating about that Redbeard -- the longtime voice and, well, beard of Texas' Best Rock -- would ... More >>

  • News

    February 1, 2007

    Frozen Assets

    Once the darlings of Dallas, the Stars and their sport are mired in obscurity

  • Music

    January 11, 2007

    No Regrets

    Tom Rush continues his battle against the singer-songwriter stereotype

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Back to the Source

    Dallas' best CD store doubles as a halfway house for customers and employees alike

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2006

    New York City?!

    Richardson hosts some big city dancers

  • News

    February 10, 2005


    Adriano Moraes and his Brazilian buddies make a buck the hard way

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Queer Eye for the Country Guys

    Have today's country and western stars been consulting with the Fab Five?

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2003

    Good Times

    The Hag brings his songs to Fort Worth this week

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    My Name Is

    Who is Jill Scott? Why is anyone still asking that?

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Last of the Neon Cowboys

    Jason Ringenberg keeps one foot in the honky tonk, with or without the Scorchers

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Bug in your ear

    For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, it's gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV commercial composer.

  • Music

    November 11, 1999

    Sweet grown-up James

    James Taylor talks to the kids, but he plays for the adults

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    Wide open spaces

    With his debut record, Ed Burleson may be too country for Nashville, but not for Texas

  • Music

    October 28, 1999
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    August 12, 1999

    Thank God it's Monday

    Matt Hillyer and Eleven Hundred Springs look a little bit rock 'n' roll, but they're all country

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Taking the Wheel

    For the second time this decade, Ray Benson pays tribute to Bob Wills

  • Music

    August 5, 1999

    No Limit Tour

    Starplex Amphitheatre, August 6

  • Music

    April 15, 1999

    Dixie Chicks

    What's Not to Like.

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Listen up

    1998 was not a very good year, but it's still worth the bother

  • News

    November 12, 1998

    Beat down

    Dallas' hip-hop scene is more vital than ever, but you'd never know it: no clubs, no radio, no major-label deals. But the musicians, some of this city's best, refuse to give up.

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Hat's off

    Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer left--and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

  • Film

    November 30, 1995

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • Music

    October 26, 1995

    Far from Gone

    Dwight Yoakam's latest conjures up echoes of '60s AM radio

  • Music

    September 28, 1995

    Strait to hell

    George Strait saved country music. Then he killed it

  • Music

    September 21, 1995

    Hank, junior

    Wayne Hancock rides shotgun down the Lost Highway

  • Music

    July 6, 1995

    Collyers of the wild

    Lone Star Trio offshoot sprouts deep country roots