Why Doesn't Dallas Have a Bluegrass Scene?

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Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Facebook/Derrick Birdsall
A gorgeous day at a recent Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival in Farmers Branch

For fans of most genres of music, it takes but only a few moments scrolling down our Concert Calendar, a Twitter feed or your Facebook page activity to stumble upon a local concert that interests you. Chances are you have a small handful of favorite venues that more often than not will have a bill suited to your musical tastes. Rock, hip hop, metal, country and DJs are all readily represented. In short, there's little to complain about in North Texas if you are an admirer of most forms of music.

But don't tell that to a fan of traditional bluegrass.

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Aaron Watson's "The Underdog" Proves Texas Country is Growing Up

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Aaron Watson
To be completely honest, Aaron Watson has never been one of my favorite Texas country artists. He's recorded solid songs in his 15-year career ("Lonely Lubbock Nights" comes to mind) but has generally been surpassed by contemporaries like Pat Green and Charlie Robison in terms of commercial and critical success. On his latest release, though, it seems as if Aaron Watson has settled down into a mature rhythm that really suits him as an artist.

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Garth Brooks Is Just Toying with Dallas Now

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Tony Nelson
We see what you did there. Garth Brooks is coming back to Dallas, but still not for a concert
Finally: Garth Brooks is coming back to Dallas. After more than seven years and a snub of the entire state of Texas on his comeback tour, yesterday he -- hey, wait a minute. This isn't actually a concert he's playing? He's just hosting a pre-party for the American Country Music Awards? Oh hell no.

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Jack White Should Bring His Fancy Rider and Suspect Guac Recipe to Dallas

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Mary Ellen Matthews
Don't overthink this one, Jack. Just come on back to Dallas.
It's been six long years since Jack White last played Dallas, in a show at House of Blues with the Dead Weather. It's about time he pay us another visit.

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Henderson Avenue Country Club Has Potential as Dallas' Newest Honky Tonk

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Scott Reitz
Henderson Ave. Country Club
We'll say this much about Henderson Avenue Country Club: They're not bashful. The new venue in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood opened just last month, but they've already bestowed themselves with the tag of "Best Honky Tonk and BBQ Bar in Texas." Yeah, right. That's stepping into some shoes that are almost impossible to fill, if not borderline delusional to stake claim to. The best honky tonks in Dallas have some serious history behind them. But even so, with a little luck and a little bit of moxie, the folks behind Henderson Avenue Country Club may well have some staying power.

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Dallas' Mickey Guyton Might Be Country's Next Big Star

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Universal Music Group
Mickey Guyton grew up in the Dallas area, and now she has a hit country record

A few weeks ago, there was actually a decent song playing on country radio during my drive for the first time in what might have been years. I didn't recognize the track, but I quickly pulled up Shazam on my phone in the middle of traffic to save it for later. When I found the song, "Better Than You Left Me" by Mickey Guyton, in the app later that day, I had a whole new kind of optimism about the future of pop-country. I was apparently late to the party.


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Let's Stop Calling Leon Bridges "The Truth"

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Erin Rambo
Leon Bridges is a hot property in Dallas, but what exactly is The Truth we speak about?
Over the past six weeks, Leon Bridges has been at the center of one of the biggest stories in Dallas music in recent memory. On Christmas Day, it was announced that the 25-year-old R&B singer from Fort Worth had been signed to Columbia Records. It was a huge accomplishment.

But long before that news broke, the buzz had been building. In photos, articles, comments and hashtags, folks started calling Bridges "The Truth." The question is, what do we really mean when we call him that, and should we actually be doing it?

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The Revived 35 Denton Is Showing No Pulse

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Ed Steele
35 Denton had an advance party at Hailey's, but the lineup hasn't lived up to expectations
Comebacks are a bitch. More often than not, they're a plain bad idea. But when we kept hearing, throughout the summer and fall of last year, that the organizers of 35 Denton were planning to bring back the festival after its one-year hiatus in 2014, we couldn't help getting excited. We wanted that hiatus to be a blip in the radar. We wanted to see it succeed. We wanted it to come back.

But with two rounds of announcements having been made now for the 2015 lineup, including a second batch revealed last week, the odds of an actual "comeback" seem more remote. Yes, 35 Denton will return in 2015. But to what ends? For the sake of not letting it die?

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The 10 Guys You've Dated in the Dallas Music Scene

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Ed Steele
He's the most popular guy in the room, but have you dated him before?
There's something about a man in a band. Or who can play the guitar. Or who can sing. Or really who even hangs out with the band. Put a guitar in front of or in the general vicinity of a man and women will drop their panties. Men will drop their boxers. Seriously. Don't believe us? Go to Guitar Center and try it right now.

As you know, Dallas' music scene is diverse enough for someone to have their pick of the musician litter. It's just like kittens. Exactly like kittens. So in that cute, cuddly spirit, we've compiled a guide to knowing the 10 types of men in the Dallas music scene that you've probably dated. Well, you thought you were dating him. His story is a little different, but that's neither here nor there.

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9 Ways to Make Denton Music Great Again

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Ed Steele
The kids are alright: Putting Denton in their hands is a safe bet for the music scene

Okay now, hear us out on this one. Last Friday, we ran a piece arguing for the benefits of Denton bringing in a larger, mid-sized music venue to help make the scene a little more robust. Not everybody liked that idea, which is fine; the point of healthy conversation is to get people from different sides talking. And we do it because we care: Seeing a strong, vital Denton is crucial to music all across North Texas.

So let's go one step further with this, shall we? Why stop with just the one proposition? We've put together a nine-point plan of what we think will help make Denton the best it can be. Hate us for it you will, but think about what's best for the scene we all love.


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