The Austin singer-songwriter uses the sound of a chamber ensemble to explore the limits of Americana and the darker side of the human condition.
Reflections on the penultimate Texas stop of Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett’s acoustic tour.
Can former frat-boy fave Jack Ingram finally find his place among the great Texas songwriters?
A memory of a songwriting afternoon.
How did Guy Clark become the most revered songwriter in Nashville? One hard-won tune at a time.
What’s the secret to writing a great country song? Which comes first, music or lyrics? Looking to answer these and other questions, we gathered a group of singer-songwriters—Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Sonny Throckmorton, Patty Griffin, and Jack Ingram—set out a couple guitars, and let the tape roll.
Tribute albums have not traditionally fared well in the marketplace, and for good reason. Asking artists—either passionate fans or curious dabblers—to record someone else’s songs is a bit of a gamble, and the people who compile these collections often feel morally (and, let’s face it, financially) bound to…
Why did Willie, Lyle, and other big names pay homage to me by recording my songs? Because I asked them to. You got a problem with that?
Twenty years ago, he was inspired by the redneck rock of Steve Fromholz and Guy Clark. On his new album, he says thanks.
More than a year after his death, he’s still being remembered as the best Texas songwriter of his time. This month’s star-studded Austin City Limits tribute shows why.