With a new album, a wildly popular single, and sold-out shows all over America, the Eli Young Band is one of the state's few homegrown acts to transcend the Texas Country Scene.
Can Beyoncé reinvent her music videos in the Age of Gaga?
A new album by Robert Ellis.
On his new album, Future Blues, and more.
A new self-titled album.
Robert Ellis's new album, Photographs, is influenced by both his folk and country roots.
On producing a Buddy Holly tribute album and more.
A new box set from Mickey Newbury.
A new album by Jolie Holland.
On his new album, Satisfied at Last, and more.
A new album by Sarah Jarosz.
A new album by White Denim.
Carrying on the legacy of the legendary musician Steve Jordan isn’t easy, especially when you’re only 22 years old and blind. But Juanito Castillo is too busy reinventing the conjunto accordion to care.
In 1955 Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” transformed the sound of popular music and made him an international star. Twenty-five years later he was forgotten, desperate, and dying in Harlingen. How did one of the fathers of rock and roll land so far outside the spotlight?
Fifty-eight bands from around the world play Austin Psych Fest 4 April 29–May 1. Michael Hall sits down with the Black Angels, founders of the festival (and the “Reverberation Appreciation Society”) and rejuvenated psychedelic godfather Roky Erickson.
Huey P. Meaux, one of the most successful and significant record producers in Texas history, died last weekend at age 82. He leaves a legacy marked by brilliant songs and some very bad decisions.
The outlaw-country legend on his recent acquittal, his songs, and his friendship with Willie Nelson.
A new album by Steve Earle.
A new album by Okkervil River.
On her new album, Carrying Lightning, and more.
Billy Joe Shaver on being an outlaw-country legend.
The event The square-dance social may seem like an antiquated notion, but dozens of clubs in Texas still preserve this pastime. “Square dancing persists because people enjoy the fellowship, the wholesome entertainment, and the exercise,” says Wayne Morvent, who’s been a caller for more than fifty years and currently works
A new album by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.
A new album by Lucinda Williams.
Hayes Carll on songwriting.
A new album by the Black and White Years.
A self-titled new album.
How Alan Lomax rebelled against—and saved a few—Texas traditions.
For nearly sixty years, a succession of obsessed blues and gospel fans have trekked across Texas, trying to unearth the story of one of the greatest, and most mysterious, musicians of the twentieth century. But the more they find, the less they seem to know.
A two-disc reissue of the second album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
A self-titled three-CD compilation.
The Biscuit Brothers on teaching kids about music.
On working with Robert Plant and more.
A new album by the Old 97's.
A new album by the Black Angels.
The Sword's singer-guitarist on the band's new album, Warp Riders, and more.
A new album by Ryan Bingham.
A new album by Sahara Smith.
The 29-year-old rapper has had phenomenal success with his own recordings and in collaboration with Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, and others. He has recently become president of the Texas chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences—the people who give out the Grammys—and is releasing his fifth album, Heart
It’s a neat trick, creating something both slavishly retro and distinctly modern. Dan Auerbach manages just that with his blues-based rock duo, the Black Keys. While he stays true to the essence of the music, he’s not hesitant to scoff at tradition. In the producer’s chair for the third album
Too many jazz pianists have surrendered to the unyielding bulk of the instrument, relying on standards with flourished chording, tranquilly delivered. They fashion themselves heirs to greats like Bill Evans but sometimes end up closer to Liberace. It takes real gumption to push that hunk of wood and wire around.
How do you like your Alejandro Escovedo? One of the reasons this talented Austin rocker has never escaped critical-favorite status is that he’s an encyclopedia of musical genres; it’s hard for fans to reconcile his confessional, string-laden ballads with his riff-heavy punk. Yet those two styles have always been
The Performance Rights Act has rocked the music industry.
The Austin-born, Oberlin-trained musician—and daughter of the hard-living Texas songwriter-activist David Rodriguez—at one time aspired to be a great fiddler. Then she went on tour with Chip Taylor (who wrote “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning”) and, under his wing, blossomed into a singer and a songwriter. The pair
Is the legendary Texas singer-songwriter a honky-tonk hero or a honky-tonk bully?
Willie Nelson called him a show off, Charley Pride and Jim Cullen both asked him to join their bands, and Hank Williams Sr. was a close friend.
Bands inspire Thax Douglas. And, sometimes, he inspires bands.
Texas Monthly talks to four up-and-coming Texas bands looking to break out at SXSW.
Era una chica del barrio cuya voz la hizo acreedora de un Grammy, vendió millones de álbumes y la convirtió en una sensación como ninguna otra. Y cuando fue asesinada, el 31 de marzo de 1995, la estrella de la música tejana Selena Quintanilla Pérez pareció llevarse consigo las aspiraciones
This past year marked an important, though largely unnoticed, milestone for fans of Selena Quintanilla Perez, the hugely popular Tejano singer who died at 23 on March 31, 1995: She has now lived in our memories for longer than she performed professionally. She was 9 years old when she started