Close ties, not competition, for three top Amarillo bands

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Three of the city’s best Americana bands – Burt’s four-person group, Eddie & The Eat and Playa Lake – will give a Friday show the Golden Light Cantina.

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Merle Haggard, country’s outlaw icon: An appreciation

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Country music legend Merle Haggard, the outlaw “Okie from Muskogee,” died today on his 79th birthday. Fiercely independent and a working man’s troubadour, he influenced country music like few others.

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FASO anniversary season to close with world-renowned organist

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One of England’s top organists will perform Sunday to close out Friends of Aeolian Skinner, Opus 1024’s 10th anniversary season.

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CMA to kick off Beethoven retrospective series

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Audiences will hear the progression of one of the most iconic classical composers in the first of three planned concerts highlighting Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano.

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Play Here’s Live Music Picks for the weekend of April 1 and beyond

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Live music picks for the weekend include some top Red Dirt and Texas country musicians, a popular indie duo bringing some sibling revelry to town, and more.

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Riggs fights sophomore slump on ‘direct, unfiltered’ new album

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The album shows a wide range of influences, from mentor Ray Wylie Hubbard to ’90s country from Garth Brooks to rock ’n’ roll – even to Southern hip-hop artist Yelawolf. #PlayHerePBS

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Lubbock’s Flatland Cavalry to celebrate new CD with Golden Light party

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The frontman for the five-piece Lubbock band Flatland Cavalry, Cordero’s now all of 23, but he’s showing a good deal more maturity on the band’s new album, “Humble Folks.”

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Play Here’s Live Music Picks for March 25 weekend and beyond

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Live music picks for the weekend and beyond include some top Texas country bands, the wrap-up of SXSWhat? and a band whose name we won’t use. #PlayHerePBS

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Amarillo’s Cooder Graw back with new music

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For the first time in more than a decade, Amarillo-born Texas country stars Cooder Graw is back on the radio with a new tune. #PlayHerePBS

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Sounds del Mar, featuring Amarillo native, to bring Austin-style rowdiness to Golden Light

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Amarillo native Will Rhodes thought he’d gotten away from playing rock music, but he found the lure was just too strong. #PlayHerePBS

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Bluegrass traditions, energy alive with Wood & Wire

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Though Trevor Smith had grown up playing music, his exposure to a new instrument at age 13 ended up changing his life. #PlayHerePBS

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Live Music: in Amarillo Weekend of March 18

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A salute to a late musical icon, a pair of Australian sibling rockers, some local favorites and a ton of indie bands passing through to or from Austin: That’s just a taste of the live music on tap for this weekend and in the days ahead.

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Catching up with the Red River Songwriters

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Revisit a celebration of some of the region’s top songwriters with a special encore presentation of Live Here. #PlayHerePBS

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Tejas Brothers boast full range of statewide musical influences

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Within The Tejas Brothers is practically the whole spectrum of Texas music. The popular regional act – which returns to Amarillo Friday – pulled together a broad range of influences when it formed in 2006.

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‘Unbroken’ Excellence: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to celebrate anniversary on PBS

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One of the greatest country-folk bands ever is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a PBS special. “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back” airs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Panhandle PBS. #PlayHerePBS

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