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Matt Hillyer, stepping outward

Matt Hillyer, stepping outward

| September 8, 2014 | Reply

By Mary Jane Farmer, First printed in Buddy Magazine, September issue. Would Matt the Cat by any other name sound just as sweet? Breaking into a new career phase is old hat to singer/songwriter Matt Hillyer. Old cowboy hat, as Hillyer is seldom seen without his classic western head gear. It’s Phase 5, if you’re […]

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SRS2014, Rd 1 Wk 5, 9.4.14

SRS2014, Rd 1 Wk 5, 9.4.14

| September 5, 2014 | Reply

Now on the downhill side of Round 1, a fifth band, Cole Risner Band, has learned it will be advancing into Round 2 of the 2014 Shiner Rising Star contest. Cole and his band, Chris Norwood on lead guitar, Mark Oswalt on bass, and Cory Phifer on drums, met head to head with Buffalo Ruckus […]

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George Strait, moving forward, smashing records

George Strait, moving forward, smashing records

| September 4, 2014 | Reply

The “King of Country” continues to reign, releasing his 20-track live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, on Sept. 16 and having been nominated — again — as the CMA “Entertainer of the Year” 2014. — Based on press release from EB Media NASHVILLE, Tenn. – George Strait already holds the un-rivaled record for the most […]

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SRS 2014, Rd 1 Wk 4, 8.28.14

SRS 2014, Rd 1 Wk 4, 8.28.14

| August 31, 2014 | Reply

  For photos, click on the links at the end of this feature. Round 1 Week 4 of the 2014 Shiner Rising Star competition was perhaps more evenly, well-balanced match between bands than is usually the case. All three bands were genuine bands (no hired guns on the Love & War in (Grapevine) Texas stage); all three […]

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SRS2014, Rd 1 Wk 3, 8.21.14

SRS2014, Rd 1 Wk 3, 8.21.14

| August 24, 2014 | 1 Reply

  For photos, click link at the bottom Southern Junction Dancehall and Steakhouse  hosted this week’s Shiner Rising Star, its regular band stepping to the side for Whiskey Prophets, Aaron McDonnell band, and Levi Cobb & The Big Smoke to take the large stage. Each of the three bands were competing for the chance to […]

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