Texas Country Reporter turns fifty in October 2022. Each week until then, we’ll share classic episodes from the show’s history and behind-the-scenes reflections from TCR’s creator and host, Bob Phillips.

An appreciation for the past—how we got to where we are today—is something many folks acquire with age. It’s often assumed that young people don’t care much about things that happened before they were born, and as a young man I was guilty that myself. But it’s not a particularly helpful view, especially when you’re confronted with compelling evidence to the contrary, as we were in 2006 at Spade School.

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