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    July 25, 2014

    South Mouth: Alt-Country Firebrand Robbie Fulks Returns

    It's been interesting to watch the career transformation of Robbie Fulks. The Chicago picker and writer grabbed some notoriety -- and a decent alt-country cult following -- after his frustrations with trying to "make it" in Nashville in the mid-'90s led to his did-he-really-say-that tune, "Fuck Thi ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    Nashville Stars Step Onstage But Not Out of Character

    It's been several decades, since The Monkees and The Partridge Family, that a television show about fictional musicians has turned its actors into real-life singing stars. Maybe it was MTV's fault, or the flood of reality programming, but the '80s through '00s were painfully short on shows capitaliz ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Five Unknown Songwriters Who Deserve to Be Heard

    Taylor Swift recently won her sixth straight Nashville Songwriters Award, as well as Artist of the Year at last Sunday's American Music Awards. I'm no hater, but let that sink in for a minute. Six. In a row. Taylor Swift. I'm no one to disparage her talents. She writes good, catchy songs that stic ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Is Texas Country as Appalling as Nashville's Brand?

    If you grew up loving country music at all (like us), you may well have turned on a country station in the past year or two and been appalled. But between the rise of Taylor Swift, the collapse of rock radio, and the general dumbing down of our social-media-mad culture, country music has emerged as ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    SXSW's 2013 Panels: EDM, Nashville, and Tony Bennett's Headphones

    Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012
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    October 11, 2012

    Notes on Nashville: Drama and Deceit In TV's Music City

    I barely watch episodic TV, let alone write about it, but ABC's Nashville made the idea irresistible. A 9 p.m. network drama set in the glamorous and backstabbing world of country music, amid the landmarks and tourist traps of the modern-day "Athens of the South," it offers sudsy tension and hopeful ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Rockabilly Filly Rosie Flores Slings a Working Girl's Guitar

    Rosie Flores, known these days affectionately by many as the Rockabilly Filly, has had several careers: Punk rocker, cowpunk alt-country badass, potential country star, rock and roller, and rockabilly queen. Born in San Antonio, she spent her teen years in San Diego before striking out to find a car ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 5

    While Houston played a huge part in the early history of country music, by the end of the 1950s a new breed of artist was coming on the scene. Western Swing, for all purposes, was a relic, and although honky-tonk was still a force in the charts and on radio, its share of the pie was waning. The arr ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Pollen Is Coming On Strong

    Guess what? If you're not sneezing, battling a runny nose or sore throat, then count yourself lucky. For everyone else, high levels of pollen are kicking their ass. The drought, an early spring: a number of factors are combining to make it a bad pollen season. It could be worse: You could be in Te ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Guy Clark To Play Galveston's Old Quarter In May

    Houston boys gone to Viet Nashville​ Guy Clark, the quintessential Texas singer-songwriter, has just announced a one-off gig at Galveston's historic Old Quarter Acoustic Café for May 15. According to club owner Wrecks Bell, he had been negotiating to get Clark to Galveston for some time, but ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    November 10, 2011
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    October 14, 2011

    The Gourds on Italian Sandwiches, Jaded Nashville and Life in a Van

    Photo courtesy Miller Outdoor Theater​The Gourds, Austin's loosest and most literate roots band, rolls into Dan Electro's Guitar Bar tonight. The occasion is the release of the band's latest album, Old Mad Joy. Produced by Bob Dylan/Levon Helm sideman Larry Campbell, the album has been getting ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Peter Cooper: Nashville Scholar, Fake Hillbilly Hater

    Eric Brace (left) and Peter Cooper​The senior music writer and columnist for Nashville daily The Tennesseean and a professor of country music history at Vanderbilt University, Peter Cooper also steps out as a performing songwriter when his schedule permits. He rolls into town Friday night at M ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Saturday Night: Robert Ellis Wins Nashville's Heart

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Robert Ellis & the Boys, Those Darlins, Old 97's Mercy Lounge, Nashville July 9, 2011 "It takes a lot of balls to do that in this town, but y'all pulled it off," a man in the second row yelled towards the stage amidst a wave of applause. Robert Ellis and his Boys had ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    Sheet Rocker

    Rod Picott's Welding Burns is bursting with hard-bitten blue-collar songs.

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    December 16, 2010

    Midnight Flyer

    Amber Digby, honky-tonk traditionalist, is a busy woman.

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    September 2, 2010

    Happened in a Honky-Tonk

    Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.

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    May 4, 2010

    Flaming Lips Still On For Summerfest... For Now

    Neuski via flickr.com​ The Grand Ole Opry, which was supposed to celebrate its 85th birthday party May 25, is currently underwater, like most of Nashville (above). Nashville Public Radio is reporting that the Cumberland River crested at a whopping 52 feet. When does hurricane season start aga ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Cashville Latino Anthem Makes a Cultural Statement; Dat Boi T Has A "Cracc Flow"

    Whether they know it or not, the recently released "Cashville Latino Anthem" music video by the Seis Uno Cinco, ten Latino hip-hop artists out of Nashville (yeah, we said Nashville), could make a bigger statement outside the 615 area code, than the self-proclaimed impact of a "movement that is boun ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Your Sex Is On Tour: Kings Of Leon Announce Second Houston Date In A Year

    Nashville alt-rock pin-ups the Kings of Leon are hitting Houston again for the second time in a year, with a newly announced date at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 22. The band has been on a tear since the release of 2008's Only by the Night, shedding their scruffy, twangy indie imag ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: John Conquest Turns Both Barrels on Country-Music Poll

    People have often referred to Lonesome, Onry and Mean as a curmudgeon (look it up), as a guy with a permanent hangover, bad temper and well... you get the idea. But compared to Austin-based 3rd Coast Music publisher (and main writer) John Conquest, LOM is a pussy cat, a cookie and a warm glass of m ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: "Nashville Phantom" Goes Off on the Scene's Country Music Poll

    ​Another 30-plus-year vet of Viet Nashville got his bowels in an uproar about the Nashville Scene's country music poll. In a long email to Lonesome Onry and Mean, this denizen of the songwriting trenches and the recording alleys who has had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and other g ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Nashville Veteran Has A Few Issues With Paper's Country Music Poll

    Some people are downright up in arms about the Nashville Scene's Best of Country Music poll. One of LOM's correspondents who went ballistic is a longtime Nashville musician and producer. To say he thinks the whole argument that Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert deserve to be winners because they are ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Nashville Royalty Waylon Payne Plays Mucky Duck Thursday

    The son of music royalty - his father is Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, his mother was Nashville hitmaker Sammi Smith of "Help Me Make It Through the Night" fame - Waylon Payne is one of the best of the new breed of Nashville's young writers in Nashville. So good, in fact, he's nominated for a ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: That Sucking Sound You Hear? It's KILT's Upcoming "Ten Man Jam"

    What a something-for-everyone mish-mash local radio station KILT's annual "Ten Man Jam," its tenth, is this year. For one thing, the two performers that Lonesome, Onry and Mean would most like to see are women: Miranda Lambert and young Nashville phenom Michelle Branch. KILT might want to consider ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    The Daily Beast: Houston -- You Are "Mildly Retarded"

    ​The Daily Beast has ranked the IQ of each of America's 55 metro areas with populations over a million. Here is how they arrived at the concept of a municipal IQ.They measured how many residents had bachelor's and graduate degrees, nonfiction book sales, the ration of institutions of higher educ ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: My Son, the Guitar-Slinger

    William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson​ LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Aftermath: Mark Germino at Heritage Place, Conroe

    Photos by Michael Pittman After an extended hiatus from gigs with a band, it didn't take veteran Nashville songwriter Mark Germino long to knock the rust off. A larger than usual crowd packed Conroe's open-air Heritage Place THursday night to hear Germino, and he didn't disappoint from the opening s ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-AC/DC Edition

    AC/DC may be gone (sniff), although the ringing in several of Rocks Off's friends' ears (and his own) lingers on, but the mail goes on... Waylon Jennings & the .357s (Littlefield/Nashville, R.I.P.), Waylon Forever (by request): "'I'd been playing my dad the music I was inspired by at the time, ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    July 15, 2008

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean: The Death of Honky-Tonk? (Part 1)

    Although the sterile country-crap radio in our fair city may not know honky-tonk music from the Muzak in an elevator, suddenly there are a number of stellar honky-tonk records out. Arty Hill’s Bar of Gold spent several weeks atop the Freeform Americana radio chart, not bad for someone from Baltimo ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    January 25, 2008

    Poll Positions: Pazz and Jop, and Country Too

    If you are not yet quite sick of critics' polls, two of the biggest and best are out at our sister papers. The venerable Pazz and Jop poll is up at the Village Voice, while the less venerable, more focused country music list is up on the Nashville Scene's site. -- John Nova Lomax

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    January 10, 2008

    David Olney

    Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy

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    March 1, 2007

    Mark Germino

    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 reaction to the Urban Cowboy phase running out of steam and has been humorously dubbed "the Great Nashville Credibil ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006

    Looking for a hit

    Mike Stinson, Nashville and an eight-minute bottle of wine

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    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

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    December 8, 2005

    Down-Home Delights

    Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere

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    September 23, 2004
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    March 13, 2003

    Bowling for Bands

    Pinmonkey scores a strike against Nashville's solo-singer system

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    July 25, 2002

    Prodigal Hijos

    Nashville was no place for Los Lonely Boys, the future of Texas roots rock

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    May 16, 2002

    Various Artists

    Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top (RCA)

  • Music

    February 15, 2001

    Hick Hop

    Trent Summar puts the booze and bad attitude back in country music

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    July 6, 2000

    Behind the Music (City)

    Is she rock? Is she soul? Jonell Mosser keeps 'em guessing

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    February 17, 2000

    Fill 'Er Up

    Ten-gallon hats and ten-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays

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    May 28, 1998

    Under(ground) Achievers

    Can Nashville's creative underbelly save country from Music Row?

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