Nashville

His Mickey Mouse Ways

Jun 15, 2016 By Dave Hickey

In a world full of evil dudes pretending to be good guys, Waylon Jennings was a good guy pretending to be an evil dude and never quite succeeding.

Sweethearts of the Radio

Dec 10, 2013 By Andy Langer

How the Eli Young Band cracked the code of the country music business and became one of Texas’s most successful exports.

Chicks in the Wilderness

Mar 11, 2013 By John Spong

Ten years after their remarkable fall from grace, no one is quite sure why the onetime Nashville darlings tumbled so far—and never got back up.

Not Fade Away

Aug 31, 2012 By Andy Langer

Can a posthumous release of Waylon Jennings’s last recordings keep his legacy from disappearing?

Number One With a Bullet

Sep 30, 2007 By John Spong

Miranda Lambert likes guns, but there’s more to her than that, just as the sultry pouts on her album covers don’t tell the whole story of an East Texas girl who always wanted to be Merle Haggard.

You Can’t Go Home Again

Jan 1, 1999 By Michael Hall

Folk singer Nanci Griffith thinks the Texas media have been mistreating her. The way she’s fighting back guarantees her trouble with the press isn’t going away.

Lee Ann Climbs

Sep 30, 1998 By Jamie Fields

Is country-chart-topping Jacksonville native Lee Ann Womack the real thing? Buck Owens and Loretta Lynn are among those who think so.

CD and Book Reviews

Jun 30, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Inevitable baggage accompanies an album whose sessions splintered a great band, ousted three producers, and outlasted a record company. But if ex-Austinite Lucinda Williams is a paragon of self-doubt, she’s also a gifted writer who gets to the core of a character in the course of a three-minute…

The Great, Late Townes Van Zandt

Mar 1, 1998 By Michael Hall

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.

Heeeeeere’s Gary!

Jul 31, 1997 By Jamie Fields

After years of laboring in virtual anonymity as Mr. Amy Grant, Texan Gary Chapman has his own talk show on The Nashville Network and is known by a vastly more flattering moniker: the David Letterman of country.

Jaci Velasquez

Apr 30, 1997 By Erin Gromen

“Sure, I miss having a locker and going to the prom,” says gospel-singing sensation Jaci Velasquez. True enough, the seventeen-year-old Houston native has not had what you would call a normal adolescence. At age ten she began traveling around the U.S. and Latin America with her family’s music ministry. Four…

Junior Achievement

May 31, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker—and now Junior Brown? The former community college teacher is the latest outlaw to hijack Texas country music, and he may be the greatest.