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Greenville will host the inaugural Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest this weekend, celebrating fiddle music and the legacy of the “King of Western Swing.”

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Happy Birthday to Woody Guthrie! The folk troubadour was born on this day in 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. At the age of 17, he moved to Pampa in the Texas Panhandle, where he experienced the hardship of the Dust Bowl—an event that made a lasting impact on his worldview and songwriting.

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The Texas music scene is heading out west later this month—or at least a big chunk of it. About 55 Texas acts are making the trek to Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Marathon, and Lajitas for the Viva Big Bend Music Festival, taking place July 22-27. 

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is adding 120 acres to the future Palo Pinto Mountains State Park, including lakefront acreage that will give park visitors access to Tucker Lake. 

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A new grassroots festival is launching in Austin to showcase a relatively little-known style of Mexican folk music called huapango

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Ten Bits Ranch is in the Chihuahuan Desert, not far from Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. (Photo © Beatriz Terrazas)

As you approach Ten Bits Ranch Bed and Breakfast on a dusty road that bumps and swerves through slanted hills and cliffs, the beaten path tapers away and it becomes apparent that you’re venturing into the remote badlands of the Chihuahuan Desert. Most signs of human development have already receded from the roadside as Texas 118 zips down from the relative metropolis of Alpine, leading to the Ten Bits turnoff.

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