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 >>
With his deep, southern drawl and plainspoken nature, Chris Knight's first impression is not one of a literate singer/songwriter. But for over 15 years, Knight has produced some of the finest songs in the Americana genre. Tough and to the point, Knight's weary tales of losers on the wrong side of th ... More >>
When word came out of Grayson County last August that a drunk and nude Randy Travis had been arrested after crashing his car and lying naked in the middle of a farm-to-market road near Tioga, pretty much every reporter's first instinct was to ask for the dash-cam footage. No dice. Since it was part ... More >>
When things go horribly wrong and then keep going that way, there's no better strategy to maintain your sanity than to think about the story you'll have. Music writer Jon Niccum has collected a bunch of those stories from musicians and published them in a book called The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans ... More >>
At 6 p.m. last night, The Heart Hospital Baylor announced it had discharged Randy Travis. He's been there since July 7, first with complications from a heart condition, which lead to a stroke about a week later. In a statement on his web site, his fiancée Mary Davis says, "Thanks to all the fans an ... More >>
Randy Travis' doctors have released a substantial update on the condition of singer, who was hospitalized last Sunday with a heart condition and suffered a stroke on Friday. This evening, cardiac surgeon Michael Mack and pulmonary and critical care specialist Gary Erwin, alongside Travis' fiance Mar ... More >>
Update, 7/15: The most recent word on Randy Travis came Friday night from Baylor Health, at which point the singer was under sedation and still in critical condition. I feel a little silly continuing to publish these updates, because the information is very readily available to you. The updates you' ... More >>
Other than the media vans of NBC 5, WFAA 8, and KRLD 1080 parked out front, it was business as usual at The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano on the morning of Thursday, July 11. Still, there was a palpable awareness inside that country music legend Randy Travis was being treated at the hospital, wher ... More >>
Randy Travis was admitted to a hospital in Texas Sunday due to extreme complications from a viral infection, according a statement from his publicist. The country legend has made most of his headlines in the last couple years for his run-ins with the law, which include public intoxication outside ... More >>
We've made no bones about the fact we're not completely sure what an artist or a song has to be or consist of in order to be lumped under the massive "Texas Country" umbrella, aside from simply having some sort of connection to the Lone Star State -- even if sometimes it's a loose one. To be certain ... More >>
Randy Travis, the wiry, multi-platinum-selling country crooner with a golden voice that carries enough bass to rattle your silverware, had a tough 2012. In February, he was cited and arrested for public intoxication in front of a Sanger church during the wee morning hours. Later that year, he strode ... More >>
On the main stage of Billy Bob's Texas, past the mechanical bulls and the neon lights and the line-dance floors throbbing to the "Cha-Cha Slide," Randy Travis, the reed-thin king of country, looked out onto the crowd of thousands he still drew in the twilight of his career. Through the mid-80s to t ... More >>
We're changing it up here a bit, guys. For the past several months you've seen two blog posts outta me each week, breaking up the area's best concerts into two separate blog posts: Freakin' Weekday and Freakin' Weekend. Starting today, you'll get just one: Freakin' Week; which is a go-to guide for w ... More >>
It's a classic Valentine's Day dilema -- you've planned ahead, made the sweeping gestures, made eyes across a white tablecloth and now you're ready to express yourself with some good old fashioned parts-rubbing. Whatever you do, don't play any of these records.
Buzz looks back on 2012 before the memories go where they belong: up in smoke.
August was a wild month for Randy Travis, what with the naked arrest in Greyson County followed two weeks later by a scuffle in the parking lot of a Plano church that resulted in a citation for misdemeanor assault. On that first point, the country singer says he's now sober as a judge. As to the se ... More >>
"Big D" both song and city, is earning big laughs at Lyric and the Wyly.
Update at 11:47 a.m.: The AP has a few more details. Travis apparently knew the woman who was arguing with her estranged husband. No one was injured, but Travis and another woman were both ticketed for simple assault, a Class C misdemeanor. The police report does not indicate that alcohol was involv ... More >>
Update: 12:10 p.m.: Plano PD's David Tilley relates that just two citations for simple assault were issued, Class C misdemeanors, and no one appeared to be intoxicated. The altercation actually happened around 10 p.m. last night, and people were gathered at Prestonwood Baptist because a "field trip" ... More >>
It wasn't long ago that we found country singer Randy Travis drinking wine in front of the First Baptist Church in Sanger. But the man has topped himself. Pretty much everyone is now reporting that Travis walked naked into a Grayson County convenience store to buy cigarettes last night, crashed his ... More >>
Since the 2005 release of his modern outlaw coming-out party, Put the "O" Back In Country, Shooter Jennings has proudly waved the banner his mother and father, Jesse Colter and Waylon Jennings, had helped design decades ago. After the surprising release of his 2010 concept album, Black Ribbons, Jen ... More >>
It would be slightly unfortunate to have scheduled a concert on the same weekend as 35 Denton, but it's not like everyone's going up there, right? [Crickets chirping; the entire office is headed North on I-35.] But, for those of us left behind, there are still plenty of things to do around town, ... More >>
Denton County Sheriff's DepartmentAn old Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to, of all things, TMZ, which says Randy Travis was "arrested in Dallas this morning" for drinkin' some wine in front of the First Baptist Church in Sanger ... which is in Denton County. But, sure enough, there i ... More >>
Indie folk, post-rock and hardcore honky-tonk are the order of this evening's musical offerings.
The Five Amigos or The WalkmenAfter kind of a dud last weekend, we've got a pretty solid list of shows to see this weekend. And topping the list for some of us here at DC9 headquarters is The Walkmen concert at The Granada Theater on Saturday night. In this week's paper edition, we ran a piece ab ... More >>
Photos by Danny HurleyBurton Gilliam with some of the many soldiers invited to attend the Aces & Angels fund-raiser at the Fair Park Centennial Building last nightOur Danny Hurley skated down to Fair Park last night for Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed's Aces & Angels poker tourney, concert ... More >>
TobaccoLess than a year ago, Tobacco, the Pennsylvania-born electronic musician and frontman for the experimental group Black Moth Super Rainbow, released his latest solo album, Manic Meat, a dark and seedy work that outshone its 2008 predecessor, Fucked Up Friends. As a solo artist, Tobacco ... More >>
British Sea PowerBrighton's explosive British Sea Power are fresh off the release of their fourth studio album, Valhalla Dancehall, which, unfortunately, doesn't quite match up to the power chord anthems on their previous record, Do You Like Rock Music. Rather, the new album hearkens back to thei ... More >>
It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration 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 >>
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 >>
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