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2005 Stories by William Michael Smith

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  • Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

    published May 5, 2005

    New Orleans has long been known for its sassy, greasy, badass funk. With their back-alley hipster lyrics, punchy brass and low-bottom-ized rhythm... More >>

  • Macon Greyson

    published April 28, 2005

    A band in the alt-country tradition of Uncle Tupelo, Macon Greyson -- and its mad-scientist front man Buddy Huffman -- give us hope in the midst... More >>

  • Greg Trooper

    published April 28, 2005

    I was standing outside the Mucky Duck in late February when co-owner Teresa Andrews looked up from her rocking-chair guard post and asked, "Have... More >>

  • Link Wray

    published April 21, 2005

    Credited with inventing the power chord on his 1958 hit "Rumble," Link Wray stands alongside Dick Dale as one of only a few truly legendary guitar... More >>

  • Stone Coyotes

    published April 21, 2005

    Since their local debut three years ago at the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, the greater Houston area has been so taken with hard rockers Barbara... More >>

  • Richard Dobson

    published March 31, 2005

    A native of Tyler and Houston currently living in Switzerland, Richard Dobson has been described as the Hemingway of Texas music. A contemporary... More >>

  • Webb Wilder, with Opie Hendrix and the Texas Tall Boys

    published March 17, 2005

    I reckon most folks picture 1980s Nashville as some kind of retro country heaven; images of Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Clint... More >>

  • Let the Eagle Soar

    published March 3, 2005

    Fred Eaglesmith may be the biggest cult figure in alt-country, but the ironic thing is that at best, he's ambivalent about it, and at worst, he... More >>

  • She's Gone (Away from) Country

    published January 13, 2005

    Tift Merritt may be nominated for a Grammy for her album Tambourine and have a new cross-country tour starting in two weeks, but her mind's... More >>

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