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2001 Stories by Rob Patterson

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  • Love, Americana-Style

    published December 13, 2001

    Buddy and Julie Miller live just a short bicycle ride from Nashville's Music Row. The songs they've written are all over the country charts and on... More >>

  • Roy Head

    published December 13, 2001

    Roy Head is certainly one of the Lone Star State's most enigmatic music legends. His reputation tells of a major talent unfulfilled, and it's not... More >>

  • ¡Viva El Vez!

    published November 22, 2001

    In the bargain basement of the entertainment world, among the dross and dreck of failed talent and unquenchable dreams, there lurk the Elvis... More >>

  • Trish Murphy

    published November 22, 2001

    So here's Houston's musical darling, after the major-label record shot, caught live at some intimate venues. For old fans there are versions of... More >>

  • Jack Ingram

    published November 22, 2001

    We shouldn't blame Robert Earl Keen for the Pat Greens and Cory Morrows that, as he puts it, he has "spawned." Nor should we let their... More >>

  • Karen Poston

    published November 15, 2001

    Midway between Karen Poston's central Ohio homestead and her current Austin base is a place called Nashville. Real Bad, Poston's debut... More >>

  • Jesse Dayton

    published November 8, 2001

    You tell 'em, Jesse. Hey Nashvegas! could be subtitled "Listen and Learn." This is country music as it should be, not the stuff that gets... More >>

  • Beaver Nelson

    published November 1, 2001

    For a decade now, Beaver Nelson has been the promising kid on the Texas singer-songwriter scene. And maybe it's that potential that's created his... More >>

  • Jimmy LaFave

    published November 1, 2001

    Jimmy LaFave has been such an integral part of the Texas folk-rock singer-songwriter scene for the past decade that it's easy to take him for... More >>

  • Playbill

    published October 25, 2001

    If country music had its own Mount Rushmore, no doubt the marsupial visage of George Jones would be there carved in stone. As far as country... More >>

  • Playbill

    published October 18, 2001

    As Neil Young cogently observed in punk's wake, "It's better to burn out than to fade away." The Butthole Surfers, one of the more anarchic units... More >>

  • Playbill

    published October 18, 2001

    If you think Robbie Fulks is just the court jester of alt-country, think again. There's nary a funny song on Couples In Trouble, as the... More >>

  • Minibill

    published October 18, 2001

    From George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Richard and Linda Thompson, male-female duets are one of popular music's most delightful permutations. And... More >>

  • Prime Meridian

    published October 11, 2001

    To borrow a phrase from the man himself, just what kinda guy is Steve Forbert? Nearly 25 years ago he was the latest "new Dylan," thanks to his... More >>

  • Birth of a Texas Bar Band

    published September 27, 2001

    College students have been a vital part of the live music audience since the days when Glenn Miller, Jimmie Lunceford and Benny Goodman beckoned... More >>

  • A Polished Razor Keen

    published September 20, 2001

    I first heard Robert Earl Keen right after I moved to Texas in 1989. A few weeks before, back in New York City (git a rope), I enjoyed the ideal... More >>

  • Slaughters Man

    published September 13, 2001

    Singer-songwriter Chris Knight lives in the real world, and that fact resonates in his songs. He may be on his second series of Nashville record... More >>

  • Minibill

    published September 13, 2001

    Western swing was the Lone Star State's contribution to the big-band craze of the '30s and '40s. Hot Club of Cowtown has taken that sound and... More >>

  • Stone Soup

    published September 6, 2001

    Over the course of Davíd Garza's two major-label albums, a lot of weighty names have been dropped on his shoulders as critics try to come... More >>

  • Playbill

    published September 6, 2001

    Don Walser is living proof that dreams can come true. Raised on classic country in Lamesa in far West Texas, he started out singing in... More >>

  • Playbill

    published June 28, 2001

    In the increasingly crass realm of country music, Jim Lauderdale is indeed a class act. And that praise doesn't apply to just his music. In... More >>

  • The Coffeehouse Kid

    published June 21, 2001

    If you were to meet Adam Carroll at a bookstore or coffeehouse, the sort of place where he hangs out when not playing gigs, you probably wouldn't... More >>

  • Tall Poppy

    published June 7, 2001

    It's Saturday afternoon during this year's South by Southwest, and the collection of independent parties known as South by South Congress is in... More >>

  • Treasure Hunter

    published May 3, 2001

    Musical heritage ranks high among the many things Texans like to brag about. They tout the notion that there's something exceptional about their... More >>

  • The Kingfisher

    published March 29, 2001

    Not long ago, Beaumont-based country singer Tracy Byrd was questioning whether he wanted to continue his career. It was an odd thought coming from... More >>

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