What’s Up With “Espresso,” a Mysterious New Song Shared by Maren Morris?
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by Dan Solomon
1d ago
Shortly after this article was published, “Espresso” was removed from Apple Music. However, the song remains on YouTube. Maren Morris has been something of a chameleon since emerging in 2016 with the R&B-tinged country of her major-label debut, Hero. The Arlington-born star veered into full-on dance-pop in 2018 with the single “The Middle,” a collaboration with producer Zedd and electronic music duo Grey, then brought that sound back with her to Nashville by inflecting her sophomore album, Girl, with a pop-country vibe in 2019. Later that year, she went rootsy, teaming up with Br ..read more
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Jesse Daniel Found Salvation in Country Music and a Home in Texas
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by Dina Gachman
1d ago
On the way to rehearsal at South Austin’s Space ATX, Jesse Daniel stops to check out a billboard advertising his new album, Countin’ the Miles. His look, both in the larger-than-life photo looming above and now, on the street below, is vintage seventies country—Levi’s, serious sideburns, and a pearl-snap shirt. Later, while he and his band practice playing in preparation for his album-release show at the long-standing downtown venue Antone’s the next night, Daniel channels that old-school vibe into his music. It’s stripped down and propulsive and feels authentic. In that small r ..read more
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Jesse Daniel Found Salvation in Country Music and a Home in Texas
Texas Monthly Magazine » Music
by Dina Gachman
4d ago
On the way to rehearsal at South Austin’s Space ATX, Jesse Daniel stops to check out a billboard advertising his new album, Countin’ the Miles. His look, both in the larger-than-life photo looming above and now, on the street below, is vintage seventies country—Levi’s, serious sideburns, and a pearl-snap shirt. Later, while he and his band practice playing in preparation for his album-release show at the long-standing downtown venue Antone’s the next night, Daniel channels that old-school vibe into his music. It’s stripped down and propulsive and feels authentic. In that small r ..read more
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On His 152nd Album, Willie’s Still Dropping Once-in-a-Generation Songs
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by John Spong
1w ago
Down near the bottom of the track list of Willie Nelson’s latest album, his 152nd, is a new song that should join what I think of as his personal canon. These songs are not necessarily his biggest hits nor his best-sellers, though entries like “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” which he wrote, and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which he did not, certainly qualify as such. Rather, these are the songs that have come to matter most to his fans. They’re the ones that get played widely at weddings and funerals, in the quiet moments when life becomes too much to bear, when a body needs to ..read more
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Four Reasons June Is a Great Month in Texas Culture
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by Josh Alvarez
3w ago
musicThe Border, Willie NelsonMay 31 By our count, this is the 91-year-old’s 152nd album. (You can see the full list, “Willie Nelson Albums, Ranked,” on our website.) But with Willie, age doesn’t mean a thing. The title track, sung from the perspective of a border patrol officer, is a Rodney Crowell song from the Houston native’s 2019 album, Texas. But Willie doesn’t stick around the Rio Grande; the album is much more interested in the borders of the heart. Willie walks, and sometimes straddles, the line between lust and love before arriving at “Nobody Knows Me Like You.” It was written b ..read more
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Is Slash an Honorary Texan Now?
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by Dan Solomon
3w ago
Quick: ask someone who they think of when they hear the term “Texas music.” We bet you get “George Strait” or “Willie.”Country music may be the first genre that comes to mind for many, but historically, Texas is as much a blues state as it is anything else. The genre’s early greats Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker were all born here. Lead Belly and Robert Johnson may not have been native Texans, but they got here as fast as they could; Johnson’s only two recording sessions took place in San Antonio (1936) and Dallas (1937), before his death in 1938. Blues music ..read more
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A Monthly Block Party Marks a Proud New Era for Corpus Christi
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by Clayton Maxwell
3w ago
One of the biggest street parties in South Texas started winding down an hour ago, at 10 p.m., but the crowd gathered on this balmy March night in Corpus Christi, at the intersection of North Chaparral and Peoples streets, is still singing along with the metal cover band. Lights bounce from the stage off the old brick buildings and oak trees that line this swath of downtown, just blocks from where a statue of hometown hero Selena stands sentinel by Corpus Christi Bay. The lion-maned lead singer of the band, Metal Shop, gyrates in his tight leather pants while belting out Mötley Crüe’s 1987 ant ..read more
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Country Singer Parker McCollum Doesn’t Believe in Forcing It
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by Lauren Castro
3w ago
Country singer Parker McCollum epitomizes cowboy swagger. His usual white tee, gold chain, and heavily starched jeans are as much of a uniform as Orville Peck’s mask of fringe. Heck, he even has a whole album, Gold Chain Cowboy, dedicated to the classic look. It’s the cowboy version of effortless chic. McCollum says his fashion sense is a tribute to MTV Cribs and Pure Country, the shows he spent his youth watching in Conroe, north of Houston. “I grew up cowboying a lot from my granddad but also, I wanted to be a country singer and have a big ranch, have a bunch of cars, and maybe some jew ..read more
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Del Rio’s William Beckmann Proves That Even Twentysomethings Can Be Cowboy Crooners
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by Kaiya Little
1M ago
With all the earnestness of a love letter, country singer William Beckmann sings classic country tales of pining—for the one that got away, for the red-dressed women from the bar. Over the sounds of his staple bluesy harmonica, he swings from raucous boot-stomping music to ballads with the relaxed feel of a sunlit drive through the Texas towns he sings about. The common denominator is honest storytelling, and an undeniable energy that’s propelled him from his home in Del Rio to venues such as the Corona Club in Acuña, Mexico, which hadn’t seen a country act in almost two decades before Beckman ..read more
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Country Singer Parker McCollum Doesn’t Believe in Forcing It
Texas Monthly Magazine » Music
by Lauren Castro
1M ago
Country singer Parker McCollum epitomizes cowboy swagger. His usual white tee, gold chain, and heavily starched jeans are as much of a uniform as Orville Peck’s mask of fringe. Heck, he even has a whole album, Gold Chain Cowboy, dedicated to the classic look. It’s the cowboy version of effortless chic. McCollum says his fashion sense is a tribute to MTV Cribs and Pure Country, the shows he spent his youth watching in Conroe, north of Houston. “I grew up cowboying a lot from my granddad but also, I wanted to be a country singer and have a big ranch, have a bunch of cars, and maybe some jew ..read more
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