The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
Tim McGraw With Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, August 8, 2014 On Friday night at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Tim McGraw made his grand "Sundown Heaven Town Tour" entrance by simply walking out on the stage. There were no gimmicks, no over-the-top stage antics. It was jus ... More >>
We're going to see triple-digit weather this weekend and it's most likely going to suck. A lot. But to make it suck less, might we suggest a cold beer and some of the best concerts Dallas has to offer this weekend? What do you say?
We've now officially got our first taste of August. Between the weather and activities, it was a pretty perfect first weekend of the month. However, now that Monday is here, you might as well saddle up because there's only looking forward at this point. So start planning ahead because this week of c ... More >>
Seeing Tim McGraw in concert today isn't the spectacle it was in 1996, when he was riding high on being one of country music's biggest superstars. McGraw may have settled down slightly in his later years, but fans at the Atlanta stop of McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour earlier this week saw a much ... More >>
We all know that country music, by and large, isn't the most progressive of musical genres. With loudmouth GOP musicians like Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr., it's easy to forget that country music isn't all about trucks, America and hating President Obama. Believe it or not, there are surpris ... More >>
The lead single from Nashville country-rock trio, the Cadillac Three's, self-titled debut album, "The South," could easily be a brainless ode to Southern cliches. But it isn't. Instead, lead singer Jaren Johnston, multi-instrumentalist Kelby Ray and drummer Neil Mason deliver a swampy, thrashing and ... More >>
March Madness Festival has been making headlines around the country since it was announced last month. To accompany the NCAA's Final Four tournament in Dallas this week, the college basketball league is throwing the city an enormous free weekend-long outdoor music festival at Reunion Park (by the ol ... More >>
How sweet it is to see the streets of Downtown, Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville, and Expo Park filled with nightlife patrons again after a cold winter. It's that perfect time of year where the weather is still pre-heating for the summer and everyone just wants to be out and about. This week, make the m ... More >>
Y'all, The Boss is coming! The biggest concert announcement of the week had the whole internet buzzing when it broke nationally that this year's March Madness Music Festival will bring Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, fun., Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and The Killers to Dallas. Though we can b ... More >>
When I do get around to going to a country concert, Tim McGraw is never a bad bet, as he proved again on Saturday night. When the Two Lanes of Freedom Tour (which is named after McGraw's latest album) hit Gexa Energy Pavilion on Saturday night, the 46-year-old Tim McGraw looked great and performed ... More >>
When speaking of North Texas country music collective Chapter 11, we're not using the term "collective" lightly. The project, dreamed-up by Sherman-based producer and engineer Dustin Hendricks, who's worked with such greats as Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and even metal giants Hellyeah, isn't a ... More >>
As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.
Beyoncé Saturday, July 6, at American Airlines Center Tickets go on sale Monday for the "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour, with stops in more than forty cities worldwide. The North American dates kickoff in L.A. on June 28. If Queen Bey's Superbowl half-time show this past weekend was any indication of ... More >>
For nearly three decades, singer/guitarist Anders Osborne has called The Big Easy home and the city's musical heritage has had a profound impact on Osborne's music. Funky and inventive, his blues are inspired by both John Lee Hooker and Doctor John, full of impressive solos and carefree spiri ... More >>
Hank Williams, IIILast week, Hank Williams III released four CDs of new music -- songs that he had written over the span of six months. Sure, a lot of the ideas have been percolating in Williams' brain for a while as a nasty spat with his former record label has worked itself out. But the sh ... More >>
BeckYesterday Beck announced that he had been "recording some tracks" with country singer Dwight Yoakam. And yeah, we guess we could kind of see that, as Beck has run the gamut of styles during his career, touching on hip-hop, electronic, folk, and mariachi. But, even though it makes sense when ... More >>
Worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood.
Lori McKennaAmericana singer-songwriter Lori McKenna has come a long way since she began singing at open mics all around Boston back in the '90s. A really long way: For her 2005 effort, Fireflies, Faith Hill even covered four of McKenna's songs, including the title track. Since then, McKenna has ... More >>
Just a couple of musical options this Monday evening, but fans of progressive rock and country rock will (sorta) be happy.
Not a bad mix of local and national talent performing around our area this hump day evening.
Most music megastores have disappeared. Fast. The two Virgin Megastores I worked at--the first being Dallas' Mockingbird and 75 location, the second on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles--are now defunct. The similar big boxes that remain--whether they be Target, Best Buy or Barnes & Noble--are ... More >>
As Three Dog Night's website boasts, "From 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets." But just because the band is some four decades beyond its glory days doesn't mean it isn't keeping busy. The group--including original members Cory Wells and Danny ... More >>
Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and ... More >>
Ain't nothing wrong with Carrie, Darryl. Next weekend’s three day-Country Thunder USA Festival in Waxahachie has been abruptly cancelled. Planned to take place May 30 though June 1, the event was to feature such acts as Pat Green, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood, along with dozens of other loca ... More >>
Frisco certainly is thanks to the Bluegrass Festival
Frisco certainly is thanks to the Bluegrass Festival
McGraw and Hill make out onstage
Saturday, April 21, at Bend Studio
Dunno yet how Laurie David felt about her and Sheryl Crow's appearance last night on the SMU campus. But Laurie, wife of Larry, does have this to say this a.m. about her trip to Dallas: "Say goodbye to old man winter... say hello to sweet spring time".... Tim McGraw sings on his new album "Let It G ... More >>
Country, rock and Joaquin Phoenix all converge upon Shooter Jennings
Sunday, October 9, at the Texas State Fair
Tift Merritt breaks through with an impressive album and an even more impressive Grammy nomination
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
Friday Night Lights goes deep, rare for a movie about football
Saturday, July 31, at Smirnoff Music Centre
Saturday, July 31
Have today's country and western stars been consulting with the Fab Five?
The Hag brings his songs to Fort Worth this week
What's Not to Like.
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
She's only 14, but child star LeAnn Rimes knows what she wants. Can Nashville handle it?
George Strait saved country music. Then he killed it