The Honky Tonk Bird Has Landed

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  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 [...]

Go Ahead, Judge a Book by Its Cover

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I can honestly say I have never worked harder on anything in my life. I don’t know why this book project has mushroomed into such a massive endeavor, but it has. The work is rewarding and the motivation to hold the end-result in my hand is becoming more and more of a carrot. And we’re [...]

Because Moonpies Are The Best Kinda Country

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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

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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 [...]

Which Came First, The Cake or The Egg?

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In this case, it was the egg. As in The Big Green Egg Eggfest. Cake would come later in the weekend. You may not know that the Professor is quite the grill master. Last year for his 50th birthday he got a green egg and it has opened him up to a whole new world [...]

Tex Smith and The Haymakers

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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

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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 [...]

Lower Broad Strokes

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Little Chick and I traveled to Nashville this weekend to visit my parents and see some of my high school friends — not to mention do some hard-hitting research for my honky tonk book project. One of the things I rarely do when home in Nashville is venture down to famed Lower Broadway where all [...]

Honky Tonk High Tea

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The first time I heard old school, classic honky tonk music here in Alabama was in a most unlikely spot: The Country Club of Mobile. It was February 2009 and some gracious friends threw an over-the-top fantastic party there for the Professor and me to celebrate our recent wedding. Knowing us (and me in particular?) [...]

Yall Come

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Have you ever heard of Arlie Duff? He was a middle school teacher and songwriter from Texas, prominent in the 1950s, and garnered the nickname “The Singing School Teacher.” He only had one hit song of his own as a singer, Yall Come, an upbeat country staple that has been covered by a coterie of [...]

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