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  • Playbill: Eliza Gilkyson

    published Apr 04, 2007

    In a town filled with great songwriters, Eliza Gilkyson certainly sits somewhere near the pinnacle of the Austin Americana scene. Across a stunning four-album span, she has consistently manage... More >>

  • Jack Saunders

    published March 29, 2007

    Like the bumper sticker says, Jack Saunders wasn't born in Texas, but he got here as quick as he could. The southern California-born Saunders... More >>

  • Rotation: Jon Rauhouse

    published Mar 24, 2007

    Jon Rauhouse Steel Guitar Heart Attack Bloodshot Records Ace sideman and session player Jon Rauhouse almost left us a couple of years back. Guys as young as Calexico collaborator Rauhouse aren... More >>

  • Southern Culture on the Skids

    published March 22, 2007

    These gasoline-soaked, chicken wing-slingin', Little Debbie-sailin', banana puddin' connoisseurs and self-described "bards of downward mobility"... More >>

  • Dead Rock West

    published March 15, 2007

    Honey and Salt reaches for the jagged edge of country rock that brought such acclaim to Los Angeles legends X in the '80s. A collaboration... More >>

  • Playbill: Matt "The Electrician" Sever

    published Mar 10, 2007

    Matt "the Electrician" Sever is one of those Beaver Nelson-ish Austin artists who always get more respect than money. On his fourth self-released collection, One Thing Right, Sever continues... More >>

  • Rotation: Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods

    published Mar 10, 2007

    Bill Kirchen Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods Proper Records Any time Telecasting twangbanger Bill Kirchen gets together with his old boss Nick Lowe, I'm in. Recorded mostly in London wit... More >>

  • 3/13 Playbill: Vienna Teng

    published Mar 09, 2007

    A graduate of Stanford, a former employee of computer giant Cisco, and a classically trained pianist, Vienna Teng shortens the distance between Beethoven and 'Sixties folk, delivering a mix... More >>

  • The Silos

    published March 8, 2007

    In one configuration or another, The Silos have teetered along the abyss of fame since they broke into the national consciousness in 1987. By... More >>

  • Bill Kirchen

    published March 8, 2007

    Any time twangbanger Bill Kirchen gets together with his old boss Nick Lowe, I'm in. Recorded mostly in London with ringers like keyboardist... More >>

  • Playbill: Hilary Sloan

    published Mar 07, 2007

    Like her sister Miss Leslie of The Juke Jointers, Hilary Sloan was raised on hardcore country and has never really been tempted by much else. Childhood lessons as a bluegrass fiddler — bluegrass... More >>

  • Playbill: Jimmy Lafave

    published Mar 01, 2007

    (c) 2006 Jimmy Lafave Jimmy Lafave I recently talked with Jimmy Lafave about one of his favorite subjects, Oklahoma songwriting legend Jimmy Webb. The longer the conversation went on —... More >>

  • Mark Germino

    published Mar 01, 2007

    In the span of four weeks back in 1984, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Mark Germino were all signed to major label record deals. Historically this watershed event was a rea... More >>

  • Big Chris Gates and Gatesville

    published March 1, 2007

    Big Chris Gates's bands, particularly Big Boys (197984) and Poison 13 (198485), have sacred status in the worlds of hard-core punk, skate pu... More >>

  • Playbill: Albert & Gage

    published Feb 23, 2007

    Along with folks like Dana Cooper, Albert & Gage could be poster children for the Kerrville Nation. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are exactly the kind of folk duo you'd imagine if someone aske... More >>

  • Rotation: Trailer Tapes

    published Feb 19, 2007

    Chris Knight The Trailer Tapes Drifters Church Records In the summer of 1996, Houstonian Frank Liddell and a 22-year old engineer named Joe Hayden took some beer, guns, fishing poles, and a p... More >>

  • Playbill: Jake Hooker

    published Feb 15, 2007

    How many cowboys do you ever see in sunglasses? Jake Hooker has a classic honky tonk jones as big as Fort Worth. Across a four album span, it's hard to tell Hooker's own songs from covers of Ray... More >>

  • Spencer Durham

    published February 15, 2007

    Much More Than Words Cavender Castle More >>

  • Bruce Robison

    published February 8, 2007

    Bruce Robison is one of the classiest acts in the Texas music genre. The tall father of four could probably have a much higher-profile career if... More >>

  • Kevin Carroll

    published February 8, 2007

    Guitarist-for-hire Kevin Carroll has earned his keep playing with Charlie Robison and Jimmy LaFave. But fans might be surprised to know that on... More >>

  • Playbill: Bob Wayne

    published Feb 03, 2007

    Liza Orozco Someone answered the phone on the second ring. Then dropped the phone. Scrounging sounds. The voice that came from the other end sounded like a very hoarse alien. "H... More >>

  • Playbill: Two High String Band

    published Feb 02, 2007

    Bill Ellison Pristine, clear, Rocky Mountain high air surrounds much of what the Austin trio Two High String Band throws down as bluegrass. For the most part this banjo-less ensemble that cal... More >>

  • Playbill: John Egan

    published Feb 01, 2007

    Unless you follow the local music scene closely, John Egan probably just seems like another obscure local talent who would move elsewhere if he had good sense. If Egan lived in Atlanta or LA or... More >>

  • The H-Town Blues Festival

    published February 1, 2007

    Whether you like your blues wrapped in velvet or in something more X-rated, there's something for everyone at the H-Town Blues Festival. Many of... More >>

  • Shawn Colvin

    published February 1, 2007

    It's hard to resist comparing Shawn Colvin's These Four Walls to Darden Smith's brilliant Field of Crows. Both albums are filled... More >>

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