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April 14, 2020

 "Saturday Night Live"s tribute to Hal Willner

Most popular music producers necessarily take a backseat to the artists they produce, with but a few—Phil Spector, George Martin, Quincy Jones come to mind—establishing themselves and their names as artists in their own rig...

March 23, 2020

One of the major tenets of music criticism is that great artists must take risks. By that criterion, there was no greater artist than Kenny Rogers.

The chronology: Houston native Rogers learned guitar and fiddle and played in a rockabilly recording band, The Scholars, i...

December 27, 2019

 An Allee Willis featurette

The unexpected death of multi-talented songwriter Allee Willis Tuesday (Dec. 24) left the many who knew and loved her—and the countless others who were deeply affected by her music--stunned and saddened.

“What a talent, what a character,...

November 13, 2019

Kinky Friedman played an unexpected somber note at last week’s (Nov. 6) celebratory Lone Star Café Reunion Party II at New York’s Cutting Room—but not without his customary humor and humanity.

“The Irish and the Jews do not share a culture. They share a psychosis!” Frie...

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