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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Grant JonesRegular 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 >>
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 >>
Jon WolfeFans 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Once the darlings of Dallas, the Stars and their sport are mired in obscurity
Tom Rush continues his battle against the singer-songwriter stereotype
Dallas' best CD store doubles as a halfway house for customers and employees alike
Richardson hosts some big city dancers
Adriano Moraes and his Brazilian buddies make a buck the hard way
Have today's country and western stars been consulting with the Fab Five?
The Hag brings his songs to Fort Worth this week
Who is Jill Scott? Why is anyone still asking that?
Jason Ringenberg keeps one foot in the honky tonk, with or without the Scorchers
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.
James Taylor talks to the kids, but he plays for the adults
With his debut record, Ed Burleson may be too country for Nashville, but not for Texas
Matt Hillyer and Eleven Hundred Springs look a little bit rock 'n' roll, but they're all country
For the second time this decade, Ray Benson pays tribute to Bob Wills
Starplex Amphitheatre, August 6
What's Not to Like.
1998 was not a very good year, but it's still worth the bother
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.
Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer left--and he doesn't need a twang to prove it
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Dwight Yoakam's latest conjures up echoes of '60s AM radio
George Strait saved country music. Then he killed it
Wayne Hancock rides shotgun down the Lost Highway
Lone Star Trio offshoot sprouts deep country roots