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2004 Stories by William Michael Smith

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  • David Holt

    published November 18, 2004

    The opening stanza of David Holt's Perpetual Motion is as biographical as it gets. After 25 years on the road with the likes of Carlene... More >>

  • Cowboy Johnson

    published June 24, 2004

    The opening strains of Cowboy Johnson's tribute to Houston's songwriting favorite son Mickey Newbury instantly conjure the remarkable resurrection... More >>

  • Darden Smith

    published May 27, 2004

    "Life is so damn messy / Love is so unclean." Former Heights resident Darden Smith doesn't do mindless little ditties or danceable two-steps,... More >>

  • Bernie Leadon

    published May 13, 2004

    Mojo Nixon was right: Don Henley must die. But at least one former Eagle deserves to be spared. Listening to Bernie Leadon, one wonders how he... More >>

  • Randall Bramblett

    published April 8, 2004

    You probably won't see Randall Bramblett at that hotbed of inbreeding and self-promotion known as the Grammys. Unfortunately, that says damn near... More >>

  • Clumsy Lovers, with Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

    published April 1, 2004

    A Clumsy Lovers show can be likened to the Pogues mating with those sweating Riverdance people. It seems fiddle dervish Andrea Lewis can't play if... More >>

  • Terry Allen

    published April 1, 2004

    If Terry Allen hadn't grown up to be Terry Allen -- renowned sculptor, artist, songwriter, playwright -- he probably would have grown up to be... More >>

  • Quiet Riot Grrl

    published March 11, 2004

    Now don't you think something's gonna happen soon / It's been so long since they changed that tune -- "Juliet (Keep That in Mind)"... More >>

  • Cardiac Kids

    published February 12, 2004

    Even for the hipper-than-hip Austin Chronicle "Dancing for Architecture" column, this February 9, 2001, journalistic snippet was... More >>

  • McKay Brothers

    published January 29, 2004

    Outside of last year's wonderful Doug Sahm tribute album by the Bottle Rockets, Sir Doug seems to have become little more than an afterthought... More >>

  • Country Teasers, with NTX+ Electric Deth

    published January 22, 2004

    Brits the Country Teasers are often labeled either talentless or inept. There are frequent assertions that they simply have no clue about how to... More >>

  • Ronny Elliott

    published January 8, 2004

    Tampa's Ronny Elliott has progressed from a rock and roller who once backed Chuck Berry to an acid rocker who once opened for Jimi Hendrix to a... More >>

  • Colorado River Blues

    published January 1, 2004

    Austin did a number on me. -- "Ramblin' Blues," Eric Hisaw Austin may have done a number on Las Cruces, New Mexico, native Eric... More >>

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