Before his anthems had listeners raising their longnecks and singing along, Charlie took me on road trips and taught me there was more to music than country.
The beloved indie rocker was set to coheadline a summer tour with his sixteen-year-old son. When Dorian died this February, his father sought refuge the only way he could: in their shared love of music.
After months of chart-topping singles, the Edinburg group has released ‘El Comienzo,’ a debut album filled with nods to the past—and an eye toward the future.
The early blues singer helped define the genre and achieved major success—until a story of murder tainted his legacy.
The multiplatinum artist, who has released a new deluxe version of the 2012 record, reflects on the dark (and fun) L.A. summer when it was written.
After years of struggle, Charley Crockett is on the verge of stardom. The story of how he got here would be unbelievable if it weren’t true.
The Dallas-raised electronic musician is filling venues with his raucous, half-naked, almost fully improvised shows. Can he settle down just once and make a serious album?
After a terrible car accident, the self-taught pianist’s reprise was nothing short of amazing.
A Fredericksburg man wonders how Willie Nelson ever prevailed in a state that brought us Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Texas Monthly writer Michael Hall, who profiled Seals in 2020, reflects on some of the musician’s best stories.
Though they are a generation apart and of different backgrounds, the two share musical influences, a certain artistic restlessness, and a fastidious devotion to their craft.
No country music fan will be disappointed by ‘The Return of Tanya Tucker,’ which puts the focus on artistry and that one-in-a-million voice.
An aggressively odd Instagram account both celebrates and pokes fun at the legendary Texas blues rocker.
West Texas native Aaron Watson has been a star in the Texas music scene for two decades. His eighteenth album ‘Red Bandana’ released in June, and it’s a phenomenal twenty-song opus. He performs “Trying Like the Devil" in the latest installment of our Sound Check series. Presented by Visit Fort
How Johnny Gimble became one of the greatest fiddlers of all time—and showed me and my son a thing or two about playing music.
He was a world-renowned piano prodigy whose romanticism and technical virtuosity inspired thousands and famously helped thaw the Cold War. But as a visit to his hometown of Kilgore made clear to me, Van Cliburn was also a Texan, a Southerner, a Baptist, a patriot, and a man who loved
So what if they’re not cranking out hits and selling out concerts the way they used to? After nearly three decades, no one makes better blues rock than ZZ Top.
His life was as short and sweet as his songs, but who was the Lubbock rocker whose influence over popular music will not fade away?
When Dallas’s very own Marvin Lee Aday—that’s Meat Loaf to you—optioned one of my screenplays, he didn’t just offer me a glimpse of paradise by the dashboard lights. He also helped me write a novel.
You may never have heard of Ramón Ayala, but to his four generations of fans in South Texas and Mexico, he’s music royalty. He revolutionized norteño, a genre that reigns along the border, and—after more than one hundred albums—is still going strong.
Pat Green’s fans—and they are legion—love his songs about the joys of Luckenbach and Lone Star beer. His critics—also legion—think his lyrics are trite. But no matter how you feel about him, there’s no denying that he’s the hottest country music act in Texas. And that he has made the
After years in New York’s jazz trenches, trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has come home to Smithville in search of the simple life.
The holiday season comes early for Asleep at the Wheel, who’ve just wrapped Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all (High Street/Windham Hill Records) at Austin’s Bismeaux studios. Highlights include Tish Hinojosa singing “Feliz Navidad” and Willie Nelson and Don Walser on “Silent Night.” Too homey for you? Wheel front man Ray Benson’s
For decades, Bobby Bland has personified the definitive post–T-Bone Walker Texas R&B style. Even at 67, no one can dethrone him.
Though Jerry Lynn Williams is practically unheard of outside the industry, stars like Eric Clapton know him as one of the best tunesmiths anywhere.
So what if consistency is the hallmark of the record business? As the chameleonlike career of Darden Smith suggests, you can go your own way.
LIKE COWBOYS AND INDIANS or steak and eggs, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are a classic Western duo. Roy was raised in Duck Run, Ohio, but Dale is Texas’ own, born in Uvalde and raised in tiny Italy. From childhood she was determined to become an entertainer, and after false
Fourteen-year-old country prodigy LeAnn Rimes is singing a Blue streak. But she’s not the only Texas teen tearing up the music scene.
Inside a state-of-the-art semiconductor factory, a day’s work is never done, as technicians race to build smaller, faster, and more-powerful computer chips.
Freddy Fender has one of the most affecting voices in the music business. So why isn’t he a star?
Dorsett 221 near Buda is the place where a driver is always king of the castle.
Not your run-of-the-mill pickers and singers, these performers are determined to carve out new territory.
In the late seventies, celebrated pianist Van Cliburn inexplicably disappeared from public life. No tortured artist in hiding, Cliburn is having the time of his life sitting around his Fort Worth mansion in his bathrobe.