The Honky Tonk Bird Has Landed

  My new book is now available! I am delighted to report that Honky Tonk Debutante has released. Finally. It has been such a journey to bring this project to fruition. Months upon months of outlining, research, writing and editing. Photo permissions, cover design, printing, binding. I am proud, happy, exhausted, excited. You name it. Honky [...]

Armadillos Breed Four At A Time, With One Exception

This past week I had the mind-blowing opportunity to meet some of the innovative personalities behind Austin’s venerable 1970s live music venue, The Armadillo World Headquarters. The Armadillo WHQ represents a decade of music, art and community that forever altered the landscape of this city and is largely responsible for it becoming The Live Music [...]

A Crinkle In Time

Here’s a quick recap of the last best food I will have in Austin for awhile. (I’ll only be gone two weeks, so don’t feel too sorry for me. Some of you might have an idea where I am headed based on the unintentional embedded clue in the previous sentence.) But I took a break [...]

Because Moonpies Are The Best Kinda Country

These Moonpies pair infinitely better with Lone Star beer than RC Cola but they are no less traditional. Traditional country music, that is. This past Wednesday night my friend Shelley and I ventured out to Austin’s venerable honky-tonk, The Broken Spoke to checkout redhot local sensation, Mike and The Moonpies. Between the timeless setting at [...]

And Tomorrow Starts The Same Old Thing Again

When I was a kid my parents used to host their own Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic “Satellite” parties in our backyard in Dallas. They were fairly epic. To resurrect that tradition I thought it would be fun to have a celebration last night in honor of Willie’s 80th birthday. With the help of [...]

Tex Smith and The Haymakers

Last night I ventured out to do some hard hitting honky-tonk research for the book. I decided I needed to get out of my Old South Austin music scene (as fabulous as it is) and plug in to some different artists/venues. Through my friend Ashley I have come to know Tex Smith and last night [...]

Austin Is As Austin Does

After a quick dinner at the ever-delicious Woodland on hoppin’ South Congress, we cruised across the street to the greatest live music venue in all of history, The Continental Club. Venerable Austin musicians Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison (who are husband and wife in case you aren’t familiar) were playing a show as the CD release party [...]

Cure What Ails You

The other day I was emailing Little Chick’s teachers to let them know she would be missing a day of school in order to sit in on a college class at Baylor University where I have been asked to guest lecture. (Yes you will be hearing lots more about this next week, as I am [...]