The family that plays together stays together. Meet one of the world’s most successful classical music clans.
Some of the brightest country music stars—like Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd—are born in the honky-tonks of Beaumont.
The survivor of a long and torturous journey, George Jones stands alone as the greatest country singer alive.
In Houston a handful of juke joints and beer bars offers blues the way they used to be—a soulful, gritty communal rite.
Can tejano heartthrob Emilio Navaira survive the crossover to country music?
When Stevie Ray Vaughan died, Texas lost its premier guitarist. Can any of these ambitious young players fill his boots?
Once, country acts made art in Austin and money in Nashville. Today each place is a lot like the other, which is why more Texas singers are heading east.
Twenty years later, Jerry Jeff Walker returns to the town his music put on the map.
When top black country artists like powerhouse singer Mary Cutrufello take the stage, people listen.
A new album showcases the smoky vocals and guitar of Long John Hunter—the man who gave West Texas the blues.
After ten low-key years, country singer turned mystery novelist Kinky Friedman is once again poised to hit the big time.
In his new release, Jimmie Dale Gilmore sings country music the way it’s supposed to be sung—pure and easy.
Carnality, Castration Anxiety, and Jouissance in Willie Nelson’s Taco Bell Commercial.
In Texas, singer Calvin Russell can barely fill a club. In France, he’s more popular than Willie—and sells more records.
Texas’ tejano radio stations dish out a spicy mix of music and patter in English and Spanish, and the ratings are magnifico.
Nearly everyone agrees that the nation’s best college jazz program is in Denton, but critics wonder if it isn’t mired in the past.
From Scott Joplin to ZZ Top, a comprehensive guide to the best Texas music on CD.
Janis Joplin’s life was about music, rebellion, and excess—but she was influenced most by her tormented relationship with the people and spirit of Port Arthur.
Nothing about Lyle Lovett suggests he’d ever make it big. That’s precisely why he did.
Ely may have a new album, but his best performances have always been live, in person.
Igor Fedotov and Eugene Cherkasov fiddle around in Midland.
An Austin artist makes a stringed instrument of monumental scale.
The great polka boycott, Willie’s Sunday school status, the cold truth about Vanilla Ice, and other notable moments in Texas Music.
Houston’s Young Turk music producers have cut a new groove in the record industry.
Seven legendary Texas musicians who won’t ever let the music stop.
When Lubbock-born songwriter Butch Hancock steps onstage, West Texas haunts his music.
When a rare disorder damaged his voice, Johnny Bush had to decide between singing and speaking.
When the IRS seized all that Willie Nelson had, it was a case of the man who can’t say no meeting the men who won’t take no for an answer.
The music of T-Bone Walker, the Texas guitarist who put the boogie into “jump” blues, is now definitely on record.
Carrollton’s Vanilla Ice is the country’s coolest rapper, and several other Texas acts are hot on his heels.
When country singer Charley Pride isn’t on the road, chances are he’s puttering around a Dallas golf course—or riding herd on his business holdings.
From the Panhandle to the Bayou City, homegrown classical music ensembles are our best-kept secret.
Recollections of guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Tevin Campbell, the thirteen-year-old soul sensation, is Texas’ answer to Michael Jackson.
Three masters show why conjunto, the accordion music of the Tex-Mex border, is hotter thatn Lajitas in August.
The bands play on and on and on in Austin.
Newcomer of the year Clint Black plays tributes to early country music—with an unintentional Texas twist.
Five favorites from the wide-open spaces, in words and pictures.
How did shy, sweet Edie Brickell become America’s hottest new performer? By sticking to her vision —and doing what the record company told her.
The unlikely twosome of eccentric rocker Doug Sahm and blues champion Clifford Antone has rescued from obscurity a distinctively rhythmic, indisputably raunchy regional sound.
In Joe Scruggs’s music Everymom evicts under-the-bed monsters, Everykid remembers on Monday morning the fifteen things he needs for school that day, and Everybody delights in Scruggs’s corny but sensitive portrayal of childhood.
Looking forward to Jerry Jeff Walker’s second Luckenbach, looking into a new way to settle feuds, and looking back over the career of Texas’ most prolific unknown author.
It took a bit of coaxing, but when R. T. Williams finally sat down at the piano again, the Grey Ghost came back to life.
Take two Aspern: one a world premiere by the Dallas Opera, the other the Henry James novella on which the opera is based. Which is better for you?
A Houston bellhop by day, tenor saxman Grady Gaines has come out of retirement to bring back the trademark sound of a great rock and roll band.
Not your run-of-the-mill pickers and singers, these performers are determined to carve out new territory.
As Nashville pandered to the lowest common denominator, Texans found a new audience hungry for old traditions.
In the small world of country’s New Traditionalism, George Strait and Steve Earle still manage to be worlds apart.
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Carl’s Corner was the picnic to end all picnics. It did just that.
Get hip to zydeco, the born-on-the-bayou sound with the accordion accent. Ready for it red hot? Check out a Saturday-night church dance in Houston.