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John D. Hale takes 2016 LJT Showcase.

John D. Hale takes 2016 LJT Showcase.

| April 17, 2016 | Reply

For the last four years, on the near-eve of the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival, a winner has been chosen from the LJT Songwriter Showcase to play the festival. John D. Hale from Jackson, Missouri, took the crown this year, but his competition gave him a run for it. Just a little background on […]

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Peer reactions to Merle Haggard’s career and life

Peer reactions to Merle Haggard’s career and life

| April 16, 2016 | Reply

Press release from Webster PR For more photos of Mighty Merle, click on the link below We’ve lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle. — Dolly Parton We’ve lost another hero. Now he […]

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LJT songwriter/singer Showcase semi-finals

LJT songwriter/singer Showcase semi-finals

| April 11, 2016 | Reply

Story and photos by G. Houston Hall. For the first time in the Larry Joe Taylor Showcase history, two people, Randall King and Jackie Darlene, tied in the runner-up round to move on to the grand finale round. The last five weeks have proven to be the building blocks for the best of the best that […]

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LJT songwriter showcase, Week 4

LJT songwriter showcase, Week 4

| April 3, 2016 | Reply

Final Preliminary Round crowns a queen: Kensie Coppin. Buck Fuffalo Takes Second. Story and photos by Houston Hall The final preliminary round of the Larry Joe Taylor Festival songwriter showcase, hosted at Melody Mountain Ranch, brought some interesting and captivating songwriters this past week. And, like most others in this contest, they played their hearts […]

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Big Gus Samuelson — Uncovering the layers

Big Gus Samuelson — Uncovering the layers

| March 28, 2016 | Reply

Story by Billy Keith Bucher, Photos by Mary Jane Farmer Big Gus is the man. Big Gus Samuelson has come full circle from his meager beginning in Summer Grove, Louisiana, before moving to Shreveport and then, a few years later, on to Dallas. “I started to play with various bands in high school. Mainly Texas […]

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