Music

Made Men

Hearsay
As the demise of West Seventh Street approaches, West Berry Street appears to be picking up some of the slack.


John Denver

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John Denver was a consistently — some would say mercilessly — sweet and upbeat-sounding performer, even on his sad songs.



Tin Men

With its debut album, Tame ... Tame and Quiet makes a strong case for ragged, Pavementian pop.
CAROLINE COLLIER
After more than two years of tightening and polishing songs, Tame … Tame and Quiet finally has an album, Tin Can Communicate.


Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang

The Show
Despite two fires and a burglary over the past several months, Fred’s Texas Café keeps on keepin’ on.



Hello, Fort Worth!

Hearsay
If Texas Music is the new classic rock, then the Stephen Pointer Band is the new Journey, a solid outfit that delivers no-nonsense, no-frills, melodic bombast: a lot of technical flash coupled with a lot of substance.


Chris Knight

Listen Up
Songs pour from Chris Knight like good whiskey from a bottle. He’s an independent-spirited chronicler of existential life in American small towns where there’s little to do and less to do it with.



Son Volt

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With anger over the war in Iraq escalating and next year’s presidential election looming, there seems to be a lot of politically charged music coming out, though it could just be the enormous presence of the new Arcade Fire a...


Behind the Microphone

C&W singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann has traveled through Kansas and Cowtown, Levelland and Nashville to take center stage — finally.
Jimmy Fowler
Until the age of nine, 27-year-old singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann spent countless hours at a place where a lot of kids start developing their social skills: the skating rink.



Dolly Parton

Coat of Many Colors; My Tennessee Mountain Home; Jolene (RCA Nashville/Legacy)
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One of a dozen children from a poor family in rural eastern Tennessee, Dolly Parton left for Nashville the day after she graduated from high school.


Prodigal Sons

Hearsay
I’ve tried to hate Oliver Future. I really have.