Storytelling and reviews about the artists and trends that define the sounds of the Lone Star State

Music |
May 24, 2017

Free Jazzmeia

On her debut album, an electrifying young singer from Dallas draws on the past, but refuses to be its prisoner.

Music |
February 23, 2017

The Underdog’s on Top

Country singer Aaron Watson wears denim, loves two-steppin', and sings about bluebonnets without irony. Which gets him little attention in Nashville—but plenty of love everywhere else.

Music |
January 24, 2017

The Sons Also Rise

At his peak, Emilio Navaira was known as the King of Tejano and the Garth Brooks of Texas. Now, months after his death, two of his children are following in his footsteps with a little help from Sting.

Art |
December 21, 2016

The Checklist

What to read, watch, listen to, and look at to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.   …