Music

Johnny Cash

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As a rockabilly pioneer, Johnny Cash sang what some people called the devil’s music.


Various artists

Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax Records/Concord Music Group)
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While Motown was getting a lot of well-deserved glory for its soul music successes in the 1960s and ’70s, Stax was in the trenches digging up and sharing funky, Southern-rooted, R&B-based soul. The label put 243 songs on...



Ascension

One Fort Worth jazz legend leaves behind a legacy, the other a legacy and a stack of records.
ANTHONY MARIANI
For years, monster jazz pianist Jhon Kahsen and drummer Duane Durrett have watched fellow North Texas jazzbos retire peacefully, almost too peacefully, to the Great Hereafter.


Sunny Sweeney

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It was last fall when Sunny Sweeney’s self-produced debut c.d. first arrived in the mail. Not that it was particularly momentous.



South-by, New Ealey

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The four Fort Worth bands selected to play sanctioned showcases at SXSW next month aren’t any surprise: Best Fwends, Bosque Brown, The Rocket Summer, and The Theater Fire. They’ve all played the annual music festiva...


Blood of the Sun

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Blood of the Sun is a new local band, built from the spare parts of Sourvein, Storm at Sunrise, Rotting Corpse, and a couple of other hard North Texas groups.



The Baptist Generals

The Show
Esopus magazine isn’t really a magazine as much as it’s a distribution tool, like a record label or art gallery.


Effron White

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Arkansas native Effron White’s vocal style has been compared to that of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and John Prine.



Sly & the Family Stone

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Sly Stone’s brief, dramatic performance at the 2006 Grammy Awards was the reclusive singer-player-writer-producer’s first major appearance since his 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it serves as a vis...


Twisted Case?

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On Tue., Feb. 13, in Midland, a judge will determine the fate – and possibly the career – of Fort Worth rapper Twisted Black. Found guilty in November of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack, Black, 35...