Author Archives: L.H. O'Connor

Beware The Devil In The Well

I grew up swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at an offshore oil rig on the horizon. When we got out of the ocean, we had to wipe the tarry goop off our feet and other odd places it … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent?

After eleven albums, you just might know the name Brandon Jenkins. Even if you don’t know his name, you might know some of the folks he’s written or co-written hits for…Stoney Larue, Bleu Edmondson and Cross Canadian Ragweed. While some folks consider … Continue reading

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Roaming The Back Roads Of Texas: blacktopGypsy

Are you a fan of Troubador, TX? If so, you might recognize Black Top Gypsy. The show, created by Stacy Dean Campbell among others, featured a good array of working Texas musicians. The fiddle player from blacktopGypsy, Heather Stalling, is married … Continue reading

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Goober Has Gone

For better or worse, a lot of people only know of rural life, country music, and Buck Owens from what they saw on Hee Haw. A staple on that show, as well as other ruralish shows like Andy Griffith and Mayberry … Continue reading

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Please Rise For Bobby Joe Owens

I really enjoyed the album art for Bobby Joe Owen’s new disc, Please Rise. He’s artistically rendered in a rose embroidered Nudie type suit, wailing away into a microphone. Just looking at it gave me high hopes for what was … Continue reading

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Occupy This Album!

The new Occupy  Wall Street disc, Occupy This Album!, will be released May 15th. Featuring everyone (almost) from Willie Nelson to Yoko Ono and Joan Baez to Lucinda Williams, it’s something I’m looking forward to. The album has seventy-eight songs … Continue reading

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Grab Your 15 Minutes Of Fame with CW’s Troubadour, TX

  If you’re a fan of reality tv, Texas music or the CW’s Troubadour, TX in particular, you might want to check out the live taping Thursday, April 19 in Addison, Texas. It’s the season finale and, amazingly, it’s free. … Continue reading

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Stephanie Fagan Over Yonder

It’s no wonder why Stephanie Fagan’s Heart Thief was voted the top disc of the year by Country Fried Rock. This is the most amazing voice I’ve heard in quite some time. She’s featured by the new label Yonder Music. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Merle!

Though Merle Haggard spent his 21st birthday in prison, we’re happy to say he spent his 75th one talking to CNN about his latest disc, Working In Tennessee. It’s a family (and friend) affair with work from his wife, kids and … Continue reading

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You Got Change For A HARD DOLLAR?

Blues guitarist Hadden Sayers is the talk of the station lately. One gentleman lifted up his cowboy hat and said…Very bluesy. I was drawn to him because of his song Take Me Back to Texas. Thus began my introduction to Sayer’s … Continue reading

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