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Grab Your Quill, the Houston Press Is Looking for Music Writers

Perhaps it's in keeping with this month's whole “madness” theme, but it seems like a perfect time to get some new music writers around here. Nothing wrong with the ones we already have, each of whom is his or her own special snowflake. There's just not enough of them. Houston is a big city, and there are lots of shows out there. Lots of stories.

Which is not to say music writing is all about reviewing shows. Nor should it be. But now SXSW and the rodeo are both over, so it's about as quiet around here as it's ever going to get. It won't stay that way for very long. But it's definitely about stories. The local scene is blessed with a nearly endless supply of talented musicians and colorful personalities, exciting bars and music venues, tireless promoters, never-quit talent buyers, enthusiastic fans, and periodic outbreaks of truly fucked-up behavior. For a music writer, it's like someone handing you the keys to the candy store.

That could even be you, if you have a modicum of writing experience, or at least enough to take an educated guess at what “modicum” means. We seek enthusiastic Houstonians who love music enough to enjoy forming coherent opinions about what they like, and don't like, and don't mind telling other people about it. A healthy appreciation for Houston's badass musical history – be that blues, honky-tonk, singer-songwriters, psych-rock, weirdo art-punk, chopped and screwed rap, or all of the above – is a definite plus, as is a healthy appreciation for life's little absurdities. Most of all, we hope to find some folks who remember that music and writing go together like rhythm and blues, rock and roll, drum and bass, or country and western – combining the two can be awesome.

Give us a try. It's better than Facebook, we promise.

Contact [email protected] if you'd like to come aboard. No phone calls, please.
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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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