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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, seen here performing in Valencia in 2008, has died at age 70.
Diego Tuson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:08 am

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Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

If You Mess With Texas, Kevin Fowler Will Trash You

Kevin Fowler
Scott Wade

The Don’t Mess with Texas campaign been considered one of the most successful PSA runs in history and here's why: First, it’s simple. Second, as manifested in Texas singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler's new PSA, it’s undeniably catchy.

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Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A 'Small Town Saturday Night' Best Bet In Fredericksburg

Hal Ketchum
David Bourke

Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum hosts another concert on Saturday night. It's Hal Ketchum, and you've  probably heard his biggest hit, "Small Town Saturday Night." That one song propelled Ketchum to instant stardom, but he got a late start on the whole showbiz thing.

“I was a 38-year-old cabinetmaker," he said. "To have a number one country record--I don’t think it had been done on that level before.”

The singer-songwriter has been plying his trade quite successfully, with 15 top ten hits since then. As he explained, he somehow finds time to work with wood, too.

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Music Interviews
12:01 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Willie Nelson Dusts Off His Songwriting Chops

Willie Nelson
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm

For more conversations with music makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Again thanks for listening. This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

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Texas Music
7:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers'

Willie Nelson's new album, Band of Brothers, comes out June 17.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:33 am

When Willie Nelson was a young hustler selling songs to Patsy Cline's people, he probably never thought he'd become the crowd-anointed sage of country music. But that's what happened as the Redheaded Stranger went gray, turned smoking weed into a brand and a virtue, and produced a discography that added up to its own American Songbook.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
11:39 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Member Reception At Fredericksburg Roots Music Concert

Credit courtesy photo

TPR members are invited to enjoy a special reception in the Hill Country on Saturday, May 31 before the Pioneer Museum's Roots Music concert series kickoff. The show that night opens with Mark Powell and Lariat, and features headlining act Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, whose new album, "Our Year," will be released May 27.

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Texas Matters
1:47 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Rodney Crowell On His New Album & Songwriting History

Rodney Crowell is a Texas music legend. After 40 years in the country music business with a string of hits that he’s recorded, produced and penned, the 63-year-old Houston native is back with a new album titled “Tarpaper Sky.”

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Remembering Rod Kennedy, Kerrville Folk Fest Founder

Rod Kennedy
Neale Eckstein

Rod Kennedy, who died early yesterday, was a giant, but a behind-the-scenes giant. I spoke to Kerrville Folk Festival Producer Dalis Allen.

“His passion led him to create what we now know as the Kerrville Folk Festival, which is in its 43rd year," Allen said. “He just understood that the artists that write their own songs didn’t have a whole lot of support and acknowledgement and encouragement.”

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Music
1:10 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Borderland Music: Songs From The U.S.-Mexico Frontera

Ricky Munoz, lead singer of Intocalbe, performs in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border, is inspired by Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:01 am

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Microphone Check
12:39 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

The Outfit, TX: 'Where Is That Working Man's Music?'

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:51 am

The Outfit, TX are a trio from Dallas who came together at the University of Houston. Dorian and Mel have been partners since middle school, and they met JayHawk in a freshmen dorm. The three of them sat down with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in the Austin sunshine, cracked a few Lone Stars and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather, church and their business plan. They also spoke about the career stage they're at right now:

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