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J/O/E’s Craft

A couple of decades ago, if you heard a musician say that his musical career was an outgrowth of skateboarding and beer, you’d be...

Left Arm Tan: Primary Instigators

Imagine a sun-baked two-lane Texas straightaway. You can just make out the gnarled and arthritic shapes of mesquite trees twisting out of the ground...

Coyote Spirit

Musical renegade Red Shahan says he is in “new and unfamiliar territory.” He and his girlfriend are starting a family and planting roots, raising...

Mouse Trap’s Understatement

The kernel of what ultimately becomes a proper song is often just a rough guitar part quickly captured on a four-track, abstract lyrical concepts...

Reaching Meachitude

When I rolled up to MASS to interview them ahead of their gig on Sunday night, the five dudes that make up Meach Pango...

Jack Barksdale’s Old Soul

In November 2016, Brent and Clara Barksdale were traveling through the scenic Texas Hill Country on vacation with their two children. Along their route,...

Minors Strike Major Chord

The high school years spawn many a musician’s first band. In fairness, a good deal of those projects could be better described as the...

Could Video Make TUC a Radio Star?

A warbly handwritten script appears superimposed over faded yellow parchment as a pair of jaunty synth orchestra stabs punctuates the action. An edged voice,...

Chucho’s Redemption

It’s not that Chucho frontman Kenny Uptain doesn’t care about music anymore. It’s just that he thinks there’s more to life than being in...

Healing Matthew McNeal

We’re in the midst of a resurgence of what some call “authentic” country music. Honest, introspective artists like Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and local...