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Scott H. Biram: That Dirty Ol’ One-Man Band

Scott H. Biram is a one-man band who has blown five-piece rock groups off the stage. But the San Marcos…

Pun, Pun, Pun

Lend us an ear and we’ll give you more corn!” That’s how the emcee greeted the jovial crowd at the…

Pearl Jam

The town of Pearl, in Coryell County in Central Texas, has an estimated population of 125, but on the first…

Dance Hall Devotion

People pack the wall-to-wall tables in Gruene Hall, and the band has hit full swing when I walk in one…

Gone Ameripolitan

Veteran Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson says it’s gotten harder and harder to explain his music to strangers—the curious truck-stop bystander…

Roll-and-Rock

What better way to escape the winter doldrums than to watch outrageously dressed athletes on roller-skates race around a track,…

Brushing up on History

Within a few minutes’ walk of downtown Austin’s bustling Sixth Street entertainment district and historic Congress Avenue, a trio of…

Hauntings and History

It’s a warm evening, and I’ve joined a group of about 20 people gathering inside the breezeway of a two-story…

Live from the Hills

From a rise overlooking this Hill Country valley, the elements that create Utopiafest’s celebration of music and place come into…

Day With the Dolphins

A sleek, gray bottlenose dolphin briefly breaks the surface of the water in a smooth, rolling motion. From my perch…

Poet’s Paradise

"Clayton, look at this moth” shouts the poet Sharon Olds, calling to me across the green lawn in front of…

Lonesome Dove Revisited

The six-hour miniseries Lonesome Dove first aired in February 1989 while I was taking an evening painting class in Fort…
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