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2003 Stories by William Michael Smith

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  • Robert Earl Keen

    published December 11, 2003

    More than any of his recent albums, Farm Fresh Onions represents the new Robert Earl Keen. The meticulously detailed Texana is gone and the... More >>

  • Thea Gilmore

    published November 6, 2003

    Ever-vigilant toy giant Mattel recently blocked production of Thea Gilmore's upcoming single "Mainstream." According to Gilmore's label Compass... More >>

  • Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez

    published October 23, 2003

    Talk about a duo that quickly found the sweet spot. Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez struck small-label gold last year with their savvy debut,... More >>

  • Split Lip Rayfield, with the Meat Purveyors

    published September 11, 2003

    After a one-year absence (were they in prison, were they high in the Himalayas studying some form of trance-inducing meditation, were they just... More >>

  • Bangkok on Everything

    published September 11, 2003

    In his 1975 travelogue The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux wrote, "Bangkok smells of sex, but this sexual aroma is mingled with the... More >>

  • Eric Hisaw, with Greg Wood

    published August 28, 2003

    Parachute Keith Richards into Austin in the middle of the night, deprive him of his bank accounts and credit cards, his flunkies and huge studio... More >>

  • M. Ward, with Rilo Kiley and Statistics

    published July 31, 2003

    Portland's M. Ward may not be a household name, but the edgy young finger-picking composer gathers support from an amazing number of highly... More >>

  • Greg Trooper

    published July 31, 2003

    Since his 1980s days in Austin, Greg Trooper has been building a fan base around insightful, real-life lyrics and a regular-guy vocal style. His... More >>

  • Two Cow Garage

    published July 24, 2003

    Two Cow Garage has generated considerable buzz, impressive online sales and a ton of press with its debut release, Please Turn the Gas Back... More >>

  • The Clumsy Lovers, with Jesse Dayton

    published July 17, 2003

    Over ten years and seven albums, Vancouver's Clumsy Lovers have built a reputation for filling dance floors all across Canada and the U.S.... More >>

  • Reckless Kelly

    published July 10, 2003

    Under the Table & Above the Sun, Reckless Kelly's fourth album since arriving in Austin in 1996, highlights the band's development from a... More >>

  • Lucky Boy's Confusion

    published July 10, 2003

    Mando Saenz is the kind of guy who wins the lottery the first time he buys a ticket. One day Saenz is a singer-songwriter scuffling for an... More >>

  • Legendary Shack Shakers

    published June 12, 2003

    Take early Reverend Horton Heat, toss in a bushel of habaneros, a keg of railroad spikes, a bunker-buster bomb, a dog-eared copy of the Kama... More >>

  • Dirty Mothers For Ya

    published June 5, 2003

    Seattle's Supersuckers are intensely profane, utterly inane and eternally juvenile. Since forming in Tucson, Arizona, in 1987, the Supersuckers... More >>

  • F.Co

    published May 22, 2003

    If press kits could kill, F.Co (pronounced "EF-koh") would have Pat Green's bank account. If public relations and calculated marketing skills were... More >>

  • A Beautiful Mind

    published May 8, 2003

    No band was cooler than the 13th Floor Elevators. -- Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Screw You, We're from Texas" Credited with being the first... More >>

  • Jeff Black, with Ian Moore

    published April 10, 2003

    B-Sides and Confessions Volume One makes a cleverly appropriate title for Jeff Black's new Dualtone album. Following a roots-rock album... More >>

  • Vive le Max!

    published March 27, 2003

    Max Stalling appears Friday, March 28, at the Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Freeway. For more information, call 713-977-1962. More >>

  • Game, Set and Match

    published March 20, 2003

    Singer-songwriter/Spanish teacher/tennis coach Melinda Mones's musical background is a jumble, and her debut album proves it. The album ranges... More >>

  • Willie Nelson

    published February 27, 2003

    In 1960, a broke Willie Nelson left a steady gig at Houston's Esquire Club for Nashville. Despite finding instant success as a hit songwriter for... More >>

  • Savoy Brown

    published February 6, 2003

    In the pre-Zeppelin days of the late 1960s, a Houston band called Josephus drew a considerable following in the emerging hippie community, their... More >>

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