Category: Features

The Shopkeeper- Documentary Film Discussion-2017

Written by James Killen SWRFA has been a great source of information and inspiration for sharing all things folk and musical. Singer/ songwriter, Rain Perry directed a movie called “The Shopkeeper” about Mark Hallman and the Congress House studio. It traced Mark’s career as a musician and a music producer through the years, putting a…


Austin to Houston- Hurricane Harvey Relief – 2017

Written by James Killen I was at a hurricane Harvey benefit concert last Sunday at the Americana, when Ken Gaines introduced me to a gentleman by the name of Hondo. Generally, in Texas if someone only offers his first name that is enough. Hondo it seems is a music producer and promoter in Austin and…


Ruthie Foster – Interview

By James Killen I had the great privilege this morning to speak with Ruthie Foster about her recent exploits and the events of her past that have gotten her to the spot that she is. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Ruthie, she is an amazingly strong and diverse vocal talent from South/Central…


Almost Austin’s Final Weekend with Malcolm Holcombe and Charles Bryant – Pasadena, TX

  Written by James Killen House concerts are a great venue for music fans and artists alike. The fans get a chance to meet and interact with the artists and all of the cover charge (usually twenty bucks) goes to the artist instead of being split with the sound man or depending on the number…


Interview- Ray Wylie Hubbard

Written by James Killen Interview- Ray Wylie Hubbard 10/29/2016 I got up early this morning to catch Ray Wylie Hubbard at his Wimberly home as his 70th birthday approaches. Ray was up and plenty chipper for our little talk. He’s been spending time in the studio working on his next disc, following up Ruffian’s Misfortune. His…


Around the Edge: Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference 2015

Every year, it is always nice when the Fall finally arrives in Texas. Although it is still hot thru Halloween, football comes back, festivals crank up and one of favorite events takes place: The Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, also knowns as known as SWRFA. SWRFA brings  together musicians from all over the country to converge…


Rowdy Day Festival – Galveston County Fairgrounds – Hitchcock, TX

Written by Eddie Ferranti The last two years when it hits mid-August it is time for us to get rowdy!   As in covering the Rowdy Day Fest in Hitchcock, Texas thanks to Andy McDonald and his fine staff!   From the sweet lady at check-in who said: “I remember you from last year!” to the friendly folks filling…


Around the Edge: 2015 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience – New Orleans, LA

Written by Eddie Ferranti May 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM They say in life that you can never get too much of a good thing.  Well for Rose and myself that is so true concerning the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience,  known in Nawlins as the NOWFE.   The 23rd installment went down so smoothly, even…


Texas Crawfish Music Festival – Spring TX

Written by Eddie Ferranti Every Spring a very cool event pops up that catches our fancy.  It is the Spring, Texas Crawfish Music Festival that spans two weekends in late April/early May.  It is chocked full of fun with things to appease lil kidders to adults and all in-between.  Lots of good grub, highlighted by…


Folk Alliance International 2015 – Kansas City MO

Written by Eddie Ferranti For the third time in our musical lives, Rose and I strapped it on and covered Folk Alliance International in frigid Kansas City. The best way to describe thee event correlates to a ride I used to love at my local amusement park when I was a kid called the Tilt-A-Whirl…