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Kinky Friedman: ‘Being a Musician is a Much Higher Calling Than Being a Politician. I’ve Been Both.’

Posted on · This Saturday (March 26, 2016), Kinky Friedman performs in Galveston at The Grand 1894 Opera House. The performance is an 85th anniversary celebration of — and benefit for — Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston. The Texas country singer, songwriter, humorist, author and sometimes political candidate will perform songs from his 40-year career and from his latest album, The Loneliest […]

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Saving an Endangered Species: the Texas Dance Hall

Posted on · From the time of the great German migration to Central Texas, there have been dance halls — for club activities like shooting, or singing, or gymnastics – and of course, as time went by – two-stepping. But the recent auction of the belongings and building that was home to the oldest dance hall in Texas — the […]

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Honky Tonk Angels: The Country Music Jukebox Musical

Posted on · Ted Swindley, former founding artistic director of Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre, has a knack for creating wildly successful musicals. He created Always…Patsy Cline, one of the top ten shows produced across the U.S. in 1998, and his latest hit is The Honky Tonk Angels, featuring 30 classic country tunes. Currently on stage through Sept. 5 at Stages, The […]

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The Flatlanders: A Musical Legacy Built on Serendipity

Posted on · In the early 1970s, a group of Lubbock musicians recorded an album under the name The Flatlanders. But the record was never released, and they parted ways. When the core members, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, went on to achieve musical success on their own there was suddenly interest in their earlier work — […]

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Safety v. Privacy, College Suicide and The Flatlanders: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners Court is approving District Attorney Devon Anderson’s nearly $2 million plan to purchase hundreds of body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies. Calls to equip law enforcement with body cameras come in the wake of the police shootings in Missouri and Indiana. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Robert Earl Keen Discusses His New Bluegrass Album and Christmas Show

Posted on · Country musician Robert Earl Keen brings his annual holiday concert to the House of Blues on Dec. 26. The show, “Merry Christmas from the Family,” centers around Keen’s popular song of the same name. He tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the Christmas show, about his new album Happy Prisoner, which is a collection of […]

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Panhandling, Kai Ryssdal, Men’s Health and Ronnie Milsap: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Posted on · The police chief in San Antonio made headlines earlier this month by proposing a city ordinance making it illegal to give to panhandlers. Panhandling itself is already illegal in many places and scenarios in the city, but the ordinance — should it pass — would make it a Class C misdemeanor to hand money out […]

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Mickey Gilley’s Long Road To Country Success Went Through Houston

Posted on · Country music artist Mickey Gilley grew up singing alongside his cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart in Louisiana. Music was always going to be a part of his life, but it took him some time to achieve the success of Lewis and Swaggart. After marrying and becoming a father at a young age, he found his […]

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Texas Tenors Combine Classical Music and Country

Posted on · Don’t feel like taking a road trip up to Fort Worth to see the Texas Tenors perform in concert Friday night? No worries, Houston Public Media TV 8 has you covered, with a new special called “You Should Dream,” featuring the Texas Tenors airing Monday at 7 p.m. And tenor JC Fisher will be live […]