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Trish Murphy was one of the hardest-working (and hardest rocking) women among a new crop of Texas singer-songwriters to emerge in the 1990s, including Sara Hickman, Terri Hendrix, Kelly Willis and Mary Cutrufello. Murphy first began performing publicly with her brother Darin in her native Houston before striking out on her own after moving to Austin in 1996.

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When Mason Ruffner hit the stage at the Cibolo Creek Country Club in 1997 [audio at the bottom of the page], it was an unusually fertile time for the Fort Worth-born guitarist and songwriter. He had just released Evolution on Archer Records, after a 10-year wait following his last release, and was only two years away from the bluesy, horn-driven You Can’t Win. Over the previous decade, though, CBS/Epic Records had dropped him.

With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.

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