by Sean Jewell:: Austin Psych Rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour imagines a future South inspired by Sun Ra, space travel, and the struggle of the creative youth of today. Their imagination is so good it landed them on NPR’s World Cafe, and in the Heavy Rotation crate. Their latest album, Space Is Still the […]

[checklist][/checklist] by Sean Jewell:: The first great record of 2016 is here. Recorded in the summer of last year, East Nashville songsmith Brian Wright put together what appears to be the first in a series of home recordings. Production and instrumentation are sparse as a southwestern vista. Austere, colorful backing (harmonica here, banjo and/or backing vocals there) occasionally accompany his bright […]

by Sean Jewell:: If you’re like me and enjoy the iconoclasm of modern bluegrass as much as you enjoy the original then Tuesday night is your night at Tractor Tavern. Goodnight, Texas returns to Seattle after a triumphant stop on last years tour. They brought Wild Child with them, packed the house and we danced our […]

  by Sean Jewell:: We do so much talking about Nashville and Austin, sometimes it’s easy to forget to scour other cities for their great country scene (did you know Portland has a great one?). There most be tons of unheralded honky-tonkers who find themselves in metropolitan areas far from their country raising, or city […]

By Sean Jewell :: While we admit to being late to the party (something we’re rarely accused of) we couldn’t resist sharing this article we stumbled upon from 2012 by Texas Monthly senior editor John Spong titled “That 70s Show.” It’s chock-full of anecdotes from favorite outlaws, cosmic cowboys, and redneck rockers, and gives a pretty good history of the […]

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Texas is one of the most roots-rich states in the Union. It’s tradition and unparalleled pride winds down through the 20th century like the green-watered Guadalupe River twists its way through the center of the state. No where is mid-century Texas preserved better than in Austin, the throbbing cultural and geographic center of the Lone Star State. Known […]