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 >>
It's not impossible to see how voters, first in West Texas (1962), then in southern New Mexico (1968), might have decided to send Ed Foreman to Congress. He has a hypnotic stage presence and exudes a folksy charisma, complete with an endless supply of homespun anecdotes. Also pretty easy to deciphe ... More >>
An 11-year-old sent to the Hill Country's Camp La Junta returns to his family with a horrible secret.
Summertime goes hand in hand with music festival season, even down here in the 100-plus-degree heat. This area will be hosting festivals in the months of June, July and August, ranging from genres of heavy metal to indie rock. So the next time you're wanting to lose your voice in unbearable heat, th ... More >>
If there were a String Band Hero video game, it's highly likely the music of Nashville's Old Crow Medicine Show would be prominent in the list of song options. Best known for "Wagon Wheel," the song that's as responsible for today's youthful lust for all things banjo as any other single track, the b ... More >>
Earlier this week Kinky Friedman was in town at Sigel's promoting his new Man in Black line of tequila. Jasper Russo (with Sigel's) sent me the picture above, and I sent him back a few questions for Kinky, since they were so chummy and all. Seven people and two days later, between flights and workin ... More >>
Thursday, December 29, at House of Blues
Jonathan Byrd's got Texas on his mind, Carolina in his heart.
Friday, December 9, at AllGood Cafe
Don't you hate it when the waiter at the Mexican food restaurant gets pissy when you ask for a take home box of 30-40 hot tortillas? Or when you ask your neighbor to make you some like she did in the old country and she gets all judgemental and is like, "I told you, I'm from Malaysia." Well, ... More >>
There's something unethical about that hair, isn't there? So shiny.The folks at City Hall aren't the only ones trying to slip looser ethics rules into places they don't belong. A bill that cruised through the state House this week would force lawmakers to disclose more information about how ... More >>
"Ren is from Grand Prairie." This will be the first line in our next novel.We knew at the end of the last episode that this week's America's Next Top Model would start off with some nakedness. So it was really no surprise when silver-haired "TV personality" Jay Manuel told the girls to choose one ... More >>
Cleared out the TiVo last night after watching American Idol for DC9 and realized I just haven't been watching enough of the CW of late. I had totally missed that the 14th cycle of America's Next Top Model was set to premiere. And that, Friends, is unheard of in my reality-recapping world. So ... ... More >>
Guess it's time to bust out those "My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy" bumper stickers too.Kinky Friedman's been running for Texas governor ever since, oh, March, far as I can figure; that's when he told folks at the Texas Film Hall of Fame dinner in Austin he was running as a Democrat this go-round, ... More >>
Eric NealIf you're done with your taxes (unlike, say, me) there are a couple of shows worth venturing out for this deadline Wednesday...Local singer/songwriter Eric Neal headlines a nice local bill at Dada's Listening Room. Back in August, Pete did a nice post on Neal's Birthday Bash, also at ... More >>
Thursday, July 10, at Granada Theater
Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman has spent this entire Election Day doing interviews, during which the Texas Jewboy is repeating a single theme: Do not vote. "Well, I haven't stridently been telling them that, but people have been saying that to me," Friedman says from his Austin campaign head ... More >>
This Texas Jewboy wants to be the next governor of Texas, and if you think he's kidding, the joke may be on you
At 76, flamboyant criminal lawyer Racehorse Haynes keeps doing what he does best--winning
The gospel according to Ruthie Foster
Dallas' pent-up lust for exotic foods has finally been met with the opening of Central Market. Will shopping ever be the same? Will our appetites?
Border authorities fear a return to the law of the Wild West as Texas homeowners take up guns against illegal Mexican immigrants
Hatred and murder between elderly brothers rip apart a West Texas ranch family
True-crime author Barbara Davis fought hard to redeem Darlie Routier's reputation. Now she's caught in her own bizarre web of death, drugs, and family hatreds.
Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul
A cast of Fellini-esque characters claiming they possess new evidence keep the Routier murder case in the national spotlight
Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.
A local housewife-songwriter claims country hunk Collin Raye stole her song
Soul Food Cafe throws in the towel
Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance
Sex offender David Rivera was willing to do almost anything to stay out of jail. Except masturbate.
Elvis T. Busboy drives his soul train into the future
To hell with authenticity, Y.O. Ranch has great cowboy grub
Ex-Killbilly member Richard Hunter runs for Fort Worth office--no, seriously
Lege fiddles, with results unknown