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From the

Editors Desk

We know. Austin is the self-anointed Live Music Capital of the World. Live music greets you as you get off the plane, and what other town has spawned an internationally known music behemoth from its city limits sign? So, understandably, we've got a lot of Austin content in our music issue. Yet, there's a ton more music around the state and we've included artists and venues sure to suit all tastes in this Listen Up! issue. Plus, jet set with us to the OC, en route to beautiful Maui. Or, if you prefer to stay closer to home, swing across the state on our road tripping golf vacay.


















PUBLISHERS Shawn K. Lively and Doug Flatt

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EDI TOR I A L T E A M Julie Tereshchuk TRAVEL EDITOR Marika Flatt DESIGNER Daniel Ramirez CREATIVE DIRECTOR Joshua Banks STYLE EDITOR Edith Henry EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Paxton Kelly ONLINE EDITOR Nick Bailey CONTRIBUTORS Matthew Aldini, Jessica Attie, Nancy Miller Barton, Jul ie Bonnin , Sarah Brad ley, Rudy Cer vantez, A ndrew Chan, Sean Daigle, Leeza Dennis, Trey Dillon, Sarah Doliver, Casey Dunn, Pete Frank, Michael Giordano, Natalie K. Gould, Hannah M. Hepfer, Daniel Jackson, Kelsey James, Robby Klein, Elaine Krackau, Betsey McCaul, Eric Moreno, Cris Mueller, Simon Murray, Scott Newton, Ismael Quintanilla, Rambo, Gabi De la Rosa, Steven Ruud, Shelley Seale, Nick Simonite, Jennifer Simonson, Henry Singleton, Jean Song, Steve Uhler, Lori Wilson



So, listen up, Texas!

Matthew Aldini's family owned The Queensboro

Institute of Music and Dance, where the New York City Rockets came about and The New York City Ballet would practice for recitals. No surprise he enjoys dancing the night away to a good DJ set. SBTRK is this stylist’s favorite live artist. (We’re With the Band fashion shoot, pages 26-29.)

Natalie K. Gould grew up listening to Shania

Twain, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood. To this day, she's never happier than when she's driving Texas back roads blasting ‘90s country songs. You can find her sitting on her back porch, drinking a smooth bourbon and scoping out the next country music star. (Amy Miller, page 15, and Leon Bridges, page 18.)

Hannah Hepfer On any particular day, you can find her at one of her favorite Austin spots, like Alamo Drafthouse, Deep Eddy Pool or Lambert’s. She loves many kinds of music and has never heard a Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison or Dolly Parton song she didn’t like. (Take Your Partners: The Magic of the Broken Spoke on page 12.)

Steve Uhler is no fan of Austin's high-profile music

festivals ("too hot, too crowded...") but frequents many of its smaller, more intimate venues. He loves One World Theater, Cactus Cafe and Strange Brew. His favorite place for live music is the Paramount, “a perfect blend of old-school class and laid-back Austin vibe." (Forever Antone’s, page 10.)

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No limits to long-running TV show

By Nancy Barton


he sign reads: "Austin City Limits. The longest-running music series in American television history.” Yet, on any given day, most people wander right by what looks like a roadside historical marker on the wall outside ACL Live at the Moody Theater and the massive concrete recording studio at 2nd and Lavaca in downtown Austin. Although many snap pictures of the Willie Nelson statue—complete with braids—the music icon that is Austin City Limits is just part of the Live Music Capital of the World's streetscape. “When we started in the 1970s, there were lots of (music) shows on TV,” explains Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits for 39 seasons. (Austin City Limits, or ACL, is produced by KLRU-TV. New seasons run from October through January on PBS stations nationwide.) “When MTV started, everyone predicted concert shows like Austin City Limits would die. Well, we’re still here!” Lickona figures the show is on its third generation of performers and fans. The intent of Austin City Limits from its inception, Lickona says, was to “build a stage, invite an audience, generate an environment to creatively and intimately communicate with the audience—and capture it with our cameras.” Those cameras have captured 42 seasons, with 20 new shows a season. When asked

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Beck Season 40 opener

about his biggest “get” or “surprise performance,” Lickona scrolls, and scrolls, and well, scrolls, through a massive list on his computer. Willie Nelson sang for the pilot and Lickona says Willie’s voice is “still strong and clear” today. Lickona also points to Kendrick Lamar and his “electrifying” performance, or 60-year-old African Angelic Kidjo who “really lit up the place.” He also calls James Taylor’s 2015 show “spine tingling just to see him walk on stage.” Consider that little list, and it’s an impressive smattering of musical styles. (The “historical marker” describes Austin City Limits as, “showcasing roots music, legends and innovative popular music from every genre.”) “An important piece" of the show, Lickona says, is that “people turn to Austin City Limits to discover new talent.” Consider Lyle Lovett, who was an unknown when he

first appeared center stage. A nice step up for the one-time audience member. For a little hint of what to look forward to in the new talent category, remember these names, chosen by Lickona: Natalia Lafourcade (Latin Grammy Award winner), James Bay (“Up and coming from the U.K.”) and Rhiannon Giddens (“Incredible voice … trained in classical opera”). Lickona sits in a sunny office overlooking 2nd Street, where crowds gather on taping day, talking about the job that’s allowed this former upstate New Yorker a front row seat to music history. In 2011, the stage, studio, and some offices, moved from the University of Texas at Austin campus and KLRU’s iconic studio 6A, to this downtown location. 6A could accommodate an audience of 300. The new venue hosts 1,800. He laughs when asked to describe his job, “It takes patience and persistence …. Still being patient and


Willie Nelson, with Emmylou Harris Season 40 Hall of Fame special

persistent with Bruce Springsteen!” A “get” he’s still working on. Performer Sam Smith was 23 when he took the ACL stage. He described to Lickona “a magic in that room,” and said it was the best show he’d ever done in America. Lickona says, “It gives us such a good feeling to know we created such an environment … bringing out the best.” Performers pour their heart and soul out in their music and listeners, whether in the studio or watching on a screen, “have a chance to immerse themselves … because it’s still a concert.” Despite a justifiable pride as they look in the rearview mirror, ACL creators and producers have an eye on the future.

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Shows are taped live, from February through November, but can now also be live-streamed on Work is also underway to digitize the entire archive to make available to the public. The Third Annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions and Celebration, honoring Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson and B.B. King, tapes October 12th and airs on New Year’s Eve. Actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are scheduled to host. Lickona says the program will “honor those artists who helped build a legacy.” 310 W. 2ND ST, WILLIE NELSON BLVD | AUSTIN ACLTV.COM

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All photography courtesy KLRUTV/Austin City Limits. Photos by Scott Newton.

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By Steve Uhler

Austin, music clubs have their day and fade away – sic transit La Zona Rosa, Liberty Lunch, Armadillo World Headquarters, ad infinitum. But, like a diamond, Antone's is forever. The latest incarnation of the iconic venue (there have been six different locations over the years) is situated just three blocks away from the site of the original location at Sixth and Brazos, which opened in 1975. Over the changing times and addresses, Antone's has gained a mythic reputation among audiences and musicians alike as a blues mecca, attracting such legendary performers as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan (and older brother Jimmie, still a frequent guest), Muddy Waters and countless others.

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By all accounts, founder Clifford Antone loved the blues, and his older sister Susan did, too – almost as much as she loved her kid brother. So when the legendary club owner died in 2006, she resolved to keep his legacy alive, even if it meant relocating the club – several times. “With my brother, it was always about the music,” she says. “And with music comes some heavy, wonderful things - that feeling, that spirit. I think that some spirits just move right along with the music.” In addition to its reputation as a prestigious showcase for established acts (it was named the 'Nation's Best Blues Club' by USA Today), Antone's continues to foster new local talent, a policy dating back to a teenaged Stevie Ray Vaughan, and continuing with such current

torch-bearers as Gary Clark, Jr. - who just happens to be a partner in the new venture. “It was a mission for my brother,” says Susan. “I've talked to several people throughout the years who've said, 'Yeah, Clifford let me on the stage. I was twelve.'” The 'new' Antone's opened last New Year’s Eve. Susan teamed with entrepreneur Will Bridges (Arlyn Studios, Deep Eddy Cabaret) and a select coterie of others, all with an eye on restoring the gritty luster that had characterized the original. “If the club didn't come back in an authentic way,” says Bridges, “it would be a failure.” Renowned neon artist Evan Voyles recreated the distinctive Antone's logo and marquee from the old Sixth Street location. Photos of iconic artists

Photo by Sarah Doliver


Photo courtesy Antone's

Photo by Sarah Doliver


Clifford Antone, founder of the iconic Austin music club, with the legendary B.B. King.

performing over the years (many taken by Susan) adorn the walls of the wide, whitewalled main showroom, along with vintage posters, paintings and assorted memorabilia. The ground floor also boasts a spacious bar, gift shop and pristine main performing stage. The consensus among aficionados is that the new club comes closest to evoking the magical vibe of the original – intimate, funky, homey. “The biggest kick is just being here,” says Susan. “Since day one, so many people of so many ages from all over just come in here and go, 'This is just right. It feels good in here.'” “Clubs come and go. There's a cycle to them,” says Bridges. “Antone's didn't get the memo. We're that flickering flame. People think, 'As long as Antone's is still going, we're going to be OK.”







Clifton Chenier (1st act to play Antone's) Jimmy Reed Slim Harpo Dr. John Lou Ann Barton Willie Dixon Marcia Ball Albert King Buddy Guy Jerry Lee Lewis Jimmy Reed Doug Sahm Memphis Slim Bobby Blue Bland Stevie Ray Vaughan Sunniland Slim Jimmie Vaughan Fabulous Thunderbirds Gary Clark, Jr. John Lee Hooker Albert Collins George Jones Omar & The Howlers Etta James Booker T. and the M.G.s Ann Peebles Junior Wells James Cotton Bonnie Raitt Fats Domino Lucinda Williams Pinetop Perkins Derek O'Brien B.B. King Denny Freeman Muddy Waters


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Take Your

Partners! The magic of the Broken Spoke is captured in “Honky Tonk Heaven” documentary

By Hannah M. Hepfer


here can you find a hoppin’ twostep dance floor, a mean chicken fried steak and a possible celebrity sighting? Ask any Austinite and they’ll tell you: the Broken Spoke — a world famous dance hall with a history that runs 52-years deep. The Spoke’s reputation as one of the last true Texas dance halls is widespread. But, it wasn’t until recently that someone told its complete story. about the treasured site, premiered at South by Southwest in March. It screened four times and garnered the coveted Audience Award. It was later shown at the Dallas International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa. Co-director Brenda Greene Mitchell grew up in a small Texas town where dance halls were the weekend’s social activity. “That’s just what we did on Saturday nights,” she says. When she celebrated her 50th birthday at the Spoke, she recalls looking around at the bustling dance hall and thinking, “Someone’s got to document this place.” For the next couple of years, Mitchell, who has a background in film, would look online to see if anyone had made a movie. “Nobody had told the whole story,” she says. In 2013, when she heard that apartments and retail space were being built on both sides of the building, she knew it was time to do it herself. Mitchell assembled a talented crew, among them Lee Daniel and David Layton who contributed footage. Interviews included

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Honky Tonk Heaven documentary co-directors Brenda Greene Mitchell (right) and Sam Wainwright Douglas with Annetta and James White at the White family ranch.

regular patrons, owners James and Annetta White and a stream of perennial Texas musicians like Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson and Alvin Crow. She co-directed the film with Sam Wainwright Douglas. During filming, Mitchell got a pretty universal response from the Austin community.

A FA M I LY TRADITION Trendy businesses come and go, but Broken Spoke owners James and Annetta White have endured since 1964. The couple, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in September with a party at the hall, hope to pass the business on to their grown daughters. “They’ve worked side by side all these years,” says filmmaker Brenda Mitchell. “It’s a good old family business that’s alive and well.”

“When I’d tell people that I was making a documentary [about the Broken Spoke], they’d almost be crestfallen,” she says. “They were fearful of it going away. People are so protective of the Spoke.” Mitchell anticipates a DVD of the documentary being available for purchase at the Broken Spoke and brokenspokefilm. com by September.


From left, Dale Watson with Broken Spoke owner James White.

Exterior photo by Sarah Doliver All other photography courtesy Wild Blue Yonder Films

“Honky Tonk Heaven,” a documentary




DivaDance Offers Alternative to Tired Workouts By Elaine Krackau


hen Beyoncé released her sixth studio album and HBO special “Lemonade” in April, the world lost its collective mind. Queen Bey had “slayed it” yet again, and women all over the world were dreaming of being part of the Beyhive squad.

Started in New York City and open in Austin since February, DivaDance is the brainchild of native Texan, Jami Stigliano. Frustrated at the dance studios she tried over the years, where classes were either geared towards professional dancers or lacked a sense of community, Stigliano took matters into her own entrepreneurial hands. “I originally started DivaDance for myself as a class I loved to teach and loved to take,” says Stigliano. “My vision was to create an experience that was accessible to all, using music that everyone loves. So there are no class levels—DivaDance is for all levels.” Designed to promote body confidence and self-love, DivaDance classes feature easy-tolearn choreography set to the latest trends in pop music. Think Rhianna, J. Lo, Britney Spears and, of course, Queen Bey! The three types of dance classes, all starting at $20, are Strut (burlesque-inspired), Swag (hip-hop inspired) and Slay (a non-stop, club-inspired sweat session).

To say I was intimidated to try a class would be an understatement. A 40-year-old mother of three with no rhythm was going to twerk with the best of them to a provocative Rihanna song? This ought to be good.

DivaDance is perfect for an evening workout or even the ultimate girls’ night out. They can also bring the experience to you through mobile dance parties for bachelorette parties, 40th birthday celebrations and other occasions with your squad.

But, I had a blast! The instructor, Serese, was patient, sassy and made us feel like bombshells. Preaching body positivity the whole hour, she had the entire group, which truly did consist of all dance levels, looking like Rihanna’s backup dancers in no time. It was a supportive environment and I discovered moves I didn’t know I had!

“Our motto ‘Let Your Hair Down’ says it all. We all need to have more fun in our lives, and this is a great way to have fun while moving your body and connecting with your friends,” says Stigliano. “DivaDance is exceptionally accessible. My instructors truly love what they do, and that enthusiasm is contagious from the moment you walk in!”

Best of all? This was a great workout. Turns out, their slogan “Slaying is my Cardio” rings true.


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All photography courtesy DivaDance

Now comes your chance to channel Bey’s spirit on The Formation World Tour as DivaDance in Austin offers a dance experience that will leave you feeling fierce.


Eclectic •ausTIn •bAnds Photo courtesy Merge Records

You can see and hear anything in the Live Music Capital of the World

By Shelley Seale


“Pile” is the latest release from Austin’s A Giant Dog.


magine a chaotic cage match of punk, glam and power rock music, with a band that exudes riotous performance art and describes their style as “soul train on acid.” This is A Giant Dog. And they are unlike anything you have ever experienced. “You feel wide awake, but know you’re dreaming because everything feels a little wrong,” says lead singer Sabrina Ellis of the band. Ellis embodies the raw energy of the band, performing with total abandon and gusto in a variety of outfits more often found self-consciously teetering across a beauty pageant stage. A Giant Dog (AGD) was recently signed to Merge Records, releasing their third album, "Pile," this year. Along with Ellis, the other members are Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), Andy Bauer (guitar), Graham Low (bass), and Matthew Strmiska (drums). Forming a band while in high school together in Houston was second choice to starting a cult, according to Cashen. “Sabrina … hinted to me that she wanted to start a cult and convince everyone the rapture was impending on civilization. I persuaded her to start a band instead. Way more fun,” Cashen says. Describing their music as being about “chocolate, Nintendo and crystal meth,”

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A GIANT DOG September 20 Paper Tiger, San Antonio September 21 Barracuda, Austin September 22 The Loft, Dallas

Cashen uses a scene from the movie "Back to the Future" to illustrate the source of their songwriting inspiration. Namely, Marty McFly getting onstage at the high school prom and playing an ahead-of-its-time version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny Be Good.” Berry’s cousin, Marvin, calls Chuck and says, “You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!” and holds the phone up to the guitar. “I think that’s the goal of every musician, to time travel into the future and steal something that is way ahead of its time,” says Cashen. “Unless you want to be in a cover band.” While Austin’s public radio station, KUTX, once called this raucous, rabble-rousing band “Austin’s best kept secret,” A Giant Dog is running out in the open now. Fall tour dates that take them across the country and into Canada confirm that these idiosyncratic performers have a universal appeal. AGIANTDOG.COM

is an Austin-based business that creates high-energy, creative party bands for weddings, corporate and special events. The brainchild of musician Cord Stone and his wife Dedra, the business began in 1977, with The Space Rockers, a themed cover show band complete with costumes, characters, choreography, a laser light show, and talking spaceship. Stone performed as Captain Cosmos for years, with Dedra sewing costumes and running the business. Today, the couple runs five additional bands, Electric Circus, The After Party, The GoGo Dolls, On The Dancefloor and The High Rollers, that perform across Texas and the South. STARGAZERLIVE.COM

RattleTree puts on a compelling multi-sensory electronic world music show, using interactive video projection, lights, costumes, and musicians banging towering wooden marimbas (xylophones). Voted Austin’s Best World Music Band 2015-16, Rattletree has performed at SXSW, on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and also supports the Rattletree School of Music, teaching Africanstyle marimba music in a group setting.



Dallas' Local Music


Amy Miller is taking Dallas and KXT 91.7 to the national stage By Natalie K. Gould


hen Amy Miller arrived in Dallas from Philadelphia two years ago, she expected horses, cowboys and country music. But she didn’t find that (not everywhere, at least). Instead, she found a vibrant city full of artists, musicians and people passionate about the independent music scene. The new KXT 91.7 assistant program director breathed a sigh of relief.

After a few years, she left for Virginia, where she worked with musician Bruce Hornsby on getting a station off the ground. She took a break from radio and moved to Philadelphia to focus on her own music career for five years, during which she went on tour with her now defunct indie-rock band. After a couple years as a gigging DJ, she decided it was time to get back into radio, so she applied for jobs and landed one at Dallas’ KXT (FM) 91.7. The station is only seven years old and owned by the local NPR affiliate, KERA. The noncommercial station has grown leaps and bounds in the last several years, much in part due to Miller. She quickly rose from assistant program director to program director and has since gained the station national recognition. The station’s “Sun Sets” music series, for example, sell out in minutes. These intimate weekly shows of 250 people pair a local artist with a national act and are held at THE POOL @ Dallas Power & Light with the Dallas skyline as the backdrop. Now, when Miller describes the Dallas music scene she says, “It’s a well kept secret ... People who live here and are into music know how great it is and know how many opportunities there are.”! KXT 91.7 | DALLAS KXT.ORG

Amy Miller is on air weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy KXT 91.7

Miller got her start in radio in California, at the UC Santa Cruz radio station. From there, she landed an internship at San Francisco’s KFOG, which turned into a full-time job.

AMY'S BEST VENUES Kessler Theater, Oak Cliff Granada Theater, Greenville Club Dada, Deep Ellum Shipping & Receiving, Fort Worth Harvest House, Denton Denton’s house show scene Wild Detectives, Oak Cliff

AMY'S BEST LOCAL ARTISTS Leon Bridges Doug Burr Charley Crockett (next breakout) Sarah Jaffe The Kush Jacob Metcalf


Untapped Festival HomeGrown Music Fest Austin City Limits SXSW Summer Cut (KXT’s festival)

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North Texas Town Rocks

By Betsey McCaul


i s t o r i c . Q u i rk y. A c a d e m i c . Equestrian. Denton is certainly all these things, but this two-college town is also known for its homegrown musical talent. The majority of Denton’s musical roots sprout from the long-respected, thriving music program at the larger of the city’s two colleges, the University of North Texas (UNT). The Denton-based five-piece Vince Lujan Project formed in 2002

“You have kids from all over the country bringing their talents and culture to Denton, so you end up with a very eclectic and organic melting pot,” says North Texas singersongwriter Jon Christopher Davis. Davis’ downtown burger joint, LSA Burger Co., fills its rooftop stage several nights a week with Denton-based musicians. Here's our selection of Denton and North Texas-based musicians appearing around town.

VENUES LSA Burger Co. TOMKAT, formed by four University of North Texas alums, at Denton’s Thin Line Fest

MIDLAKE – One of the earliest-established bands to be firmly entrenched in the Denton music scene, Midlake is a folksy and progressive rock band formed in 1999 by a group of UNT jazz students. They were among the earliest performers at NX 35, a music festival that started as part of SXSW, moving to Denton in 2009 when it was renamed 35 Denton.

JOEL CROSS – Joel Cross, another product of the UNT jazz department, is a singer-songwriter with a voice compared to Bill Withers and John Legend, with an acoustic bluesy sound. Cross has come a long way from his start in gospel music at age 12—recently his performance of a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” went viral on YouTube.

TOMKAT – Four UNT music grads seeking a new outlet for their eclectic musical tastes and talents formed TOMKAT. By mixing pop, rock and R&B with technology, the quartet produces a unique electronic sound that makes TOMKAT a popular act both in Denton’s live music venues and on Dallas-area radio stations.

VINCE LUJAN PROJECT – The Denton-based, fivemember Vince Lujan Project fuses funk, Latin, pop and soul to create their own brand of Texas sound, shared with audiences across Denton and Collin counties and points south since 2002.

J.R. BYRD – Born in the Pacific Northwest, singersongwriter J.R. Byrd became a part of the Denton music scene by way of a high school musical production of “Grease” and his studies in the jazz department at UNT. J.R.’s talent playing acoustic guitar and writing witty lyrics earned him a spot among the handful of mainstays in North Texas venues and especially around his Denton stomping grounds.

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Singer-songwriter J.R. Byrd, who came to the local music scene via the University of North Texas

CRYSTAL YATES – One popular Denton performer who isn’t a product of UNT is Crystal Yates, a Florida native now based in McKinney. Winner of the $100,000 Texas Country Showcase in 2014, the singer-songwriter’s soulful voice infuses country and Christian themes into her bluesy performances from Collin County venues to downtown Denton’s LSA Burger Co., as well as Cross Timbers Community Church in neighboring Argyle.

Harvest House And more...

EVENTS 35 Denton March 2017 Denton Arts and Jazz Festival April 28-30, 2017 Denton Blues Festival September 17-28, 2016 Twilight Tunes on the Downtown Square (weekly from April-June) Thin Line Fest April 19-23, 2017

-Jon Christopher Davis

Courtesy photo of Vince Lujan Project; J.R. Byrd photo courtesy of Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau; TOMKAT Photo by Rudy Cervantez



LEON BRIDGES GOES GLOBAL Now a household name, the soul singer got his start playing to small audiences in Fort Worth bars. By Natalie K. Gould

of the Bridges.” Leon Bridges that is.

In the last year, the Fort Worth native has released a Grammy-nominated album, played at the White House, headlined “Saturday Night Live,” and been featured in almost every major publication; and he launched his global tour. He has quickly become a household name. But about two years ago, the soulful, not-of-this-time singer was washing dishes at popular eatery Del Frisco’s Grille in Fort Worth. His is often referred to as a Cinderella story, but what many don’t realize is that luck can only get a person so far. It’s Bridges’ deeply personal, emotion-evoking lyrics and harmonies that truly make him an artist for the ages. The 26-year-old got his start singing and playing guitar as a hobby. He then moved to open mic nights around Fort Worth, including Forever Jamboree at the Grotto. He often struggled to get even 20 people to come to his shows. One night, Austin Jenkins, a guitarist with Austin band White Denim, saw Bridges performing at a Fort Worth bar to an audience of five. Bridges was singing none

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other than his iconic “Coming Home.” Jenkins went on to co-produce the album “Coming Home” with fellow bandmate Joshua Block. They recorded it live on allanalog equipment, which seems the only appropriate choice for this album. The New York Times describes him as the “second coming of Sam Cooke,” but Bridges told Billboard that Sam Cooke isn’t who inspired his sound or his style. His classic style of high-waisted pants, crisp collars and saddle shoes all started when one of his mom’s older friends gave Bridges his childhood clothes. He started wearing them as a teenager and that’s been his look ever since. In fact, until someone asked him if Cooke was his inspiration, he hadn’t ever heard the King of Soul. But when he did, he knew it was the kind of music he wanted to write and sing. His music stirs a type of desperation that is rare these days among the auto-tuned, overly mixed music we’re so used to hearing. A desperation to slow things down, to focus in on love and family, and, of course, a desperation for his music to never end. LEONBRIDGES.COM

Photo courtesy of Rambo

2016 may as well be called “Year


S The

uffers Making Gulf Coast Soul Mainstream

ouston, with its warm temperatures and humid weather, is quite literally a soupy mix of people from all over the world who have brought their cultures, tastes and sounds to the largest city in Texas. The Suffers have picked up on this and made a musical vibe all their own, even coining the term “Gulf Coast Soul.” “With us, you get 10 people with completely different upbringings equally contributing to the composition, so you'll hear everything from Cumbia to gospel in our work,” says lead singer Kam Franklin. “The different genres and influences are just a part of who we are. When we do what comes naturally, it just all somehow falls into place.” Adan Castaneda and Pat Kelly formed the group in 2011 as a reggaeska band, but over the years as the group added members, the style evolved into a sound carried by Franklin’s expressive voice and perfectly harmonized by the rest of the group. The group prides itself on being a great live band. “We love getting in front of an audience and playing our hearts out,” says Castaneda. Their tour schedule is intense. They crisscross the country and play overseas on a regular basis. One day they are in Austin, a few days

later in Quebec, followed by a show in New York. “The best thing about touring is getting to see and experience the things we simply used to dream about,” says Franklin. “We were in Paris last weekend and now I'm eating breakfast in Tokyo. It's incredible. Touring will always be considered work, in the literal sense, but I'm a big believer in never having to work a day in your life if you're doing what you truly love.” The Suffers had a huge year in 2015 before their debut album even dropped. They made the late night rounds with David Letterman, The Daily Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. They made numerous Top Ten Lists and won 15 Houston Press Awards. When asked about sophomore jitters, Franklin muses, “I don't think we get jitters. We are always working and creating, and I truly believe the best of us is yet to come.” If the best is yet to come then we are undoubtedly in for a treat. Mark your calendars and get your tickets for a musical experience that you don’t want to miss. THESUFFERS.COM

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Photo by Daniel Jackson


By Gabi De la Rosa



few years back, I was listening to Mike Jones’ single, “Back Then,” during lunch break and I had a coworker tell me they had no idea I was into rap/ hip-hop music. They asked how I got into it and I said, “Well, I grew up in Houston.” For me, it’s never been about the lyrics so much as the sound—and Houston’s famous for it’s chopped and screwed technique of remixing songs with a slower tempo. (Sing praises to Houston’s own DJ Screw for that.) Some true talents have emerged from H-Town’s streets. If you were fortunate enough to attend Free Press Summer Festival—the ACL of Houston—in 2015, then you probably felt as nostalgic as I did jamming to Welcome To Houston’s performance, featuring H-Town legends Bun B, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and more. Houston’s reputation as a mecca for rap/ hip-hop has evolved and we have one Houstonian to preach props to for that: James Prince. In the late '70s to early '80s, rap/hip-hop music was monopolized by Los Angeles and New York City. From radio to video, artists like The Sugarhill Gang, Tupac,

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and Bun B gave a tribute performance in his honor.

By Paxton Kelly

Ice T and Run-D.M.C. dominated. When the Dirty South decided to join in, the two coasts weren’t impressed with what their Third Coast cousin had to offer. Prince was determined to help the southern rap movement gain the respect it deserved by letting the talent speak for itself. Enter RapA-Lot Records, a Houston based hip-hop label founded by Prince in the mid-80s that introduced Houston’s 5th Ward group Geto Boys, credited with placing Southern rap music on the map. Prince has had much success over the years since launching Rap-A-Lot Records. In 1991, the Geto Boys’ "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" placed No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the most popular rap songs of the '90s. In 2010, Prince was a VH1 Hip Hop Honors Honoree and rappers Drake (who his son Jas is credited with discovering)

He's also had his misses. In his SXSW keynote, Prince admitted to letting a couple of artists slip through his fingers in the early days, including the famous girl group Destiny’s Child and Dallas rapper Vanilla Ice. Along with success across the music industry, Prince has also had an impact at home in Houston. In 1998, Prince established the Prince Complex, a recreation center that provides a safe environment for inner-city youth and various programs from athletics to academic enrichment. The center also acted as a refuge for Hurricane Katrina victims back in 2005. Shortly after the center's unveiling, the city honored him on January 30, 2007 by naming an official James Prince Day. Dubbed by rapper and friend Bun B “the godfather of Southern hip-hop,” Prince isn’t saying goodbye to his legacy just yet, but he’s laid out the foundation for his three sons. Personally, I can’t wait to see what future talents come out of The H. RAPALOTRECORDS.COM

Photo by Chris Saucedo


Rapper Bun B interviews Rap-A-Lot Records founder James Prince at SXSW 2016



FEARLESS San Antonio’s resident rock star talks life, music and finding balance


he’s a singer-songwriter, an artist and a performer. Above all though, Nina Diaz is fearless. It takes a special breed to be the lead singer of a three-chord, power rock band, let alone to do so at the age of 13.

By Eric Moreno

ND: My vocals are very much up front where the music surrounds them. With my solo work, it’s about me showcasing how I can sing. I still do my classic belting-it-out style, but now my vocals are a little more melodic where hopefully you can hear that Jeff Buckley influence.

Diaz became the lead singer of the band, Girl in a Coma, before TLM: You were very young when you started opening for some huge she had a driver’s license and has been touring the world ever since. acts. How long did it take for you to get adjusted and not be star struck? Now in her twenties, she spoke recently about her solo career and her evolution as an artist. ND: In the moment, I never really think, 'Oh my gosh, I’m opening for Morrissey or Smashing Pumpkins.' After the fact, then I think Texas Lifestyle Magazine: When you were growing up, what kind about it. The main thing we all try to do is not let it go to our heads, of music were you into? and show respect to these people for choosing us to open for them. TLM: What goals do you have?

ND: My ultimate goal is to find myself as a person, and to find myself as a musician. I just want to hold myself up high and be the person I’m supposed to become and the musician I’m supposed to become. I’d love to play Coachella—on a good stage! We’ve played festivals on some makeshift stages, and we’re grateful, but, well.... Playing a festival TLM: How different is your sound as a solo artist as compared to like that is definitely something I want to do one day. what people know of you from Girl in a Coma? NINADIAZMUSIC.COM

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Photo courtesy of Nina Diaz

Nina Diaz: When I was younger, before the band, I really followed my older brother and my older sister. At the time, I started writing and playing guitar, my brother was listening to Korn, Kittie and Slipknot…a lot of ‘90s-type rock. When I got into the girl rock world, my sister introduced me to Morrissey, and Jeff Buckley, and Bjork… this whole other side of music.


Welcome Home:

Marfa The Hottest Trends in Home Design By Simon Murray

Photo by Nick Simonite

Cowboy Cool meets Music and Art in West Texas By Shelley Seale


ysterious ghost lights, a fake Prada store as art installation in the middle of nowhere, and the crumbling remains of the Reata mansion set from the 1956 movie “Giant” are some of the things that the West Texas town of Marfa is known for.

Hotel St. George

It’s a wholly unique place—a one-stoplight town in the middle of the desert that attracts artists, filmmakers and in-the-know visitors from around the world. Marfa is cool and creative, but a little too rebellious and rough-around-the-edges to become jaded or fully hipster. It has never tried to market or reinvent itself; it’s never had to. Ever since acclaimed minimalist artist

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Photo by Casey Dunn

Located in the Hotel Saint George lobby, Marfa Book Company offers a unique selection of books, retail goods, crafts and art. The store hosts readings, performances and exhibitions by writers, musicians and artists.

Photo by Nick Simonite


El Cosmico

Annie Clark Trans-Pecos 2015 Photo by Nick Simonite

One of the many vintage trailers at Marfa's quirky El Cosmico compound.

Donald Judd left New York City to escape the art scene he claimed to disdain and arrived in Marfa to set up camp at an abandoned Army base, the town has been a natural hub for creatives who want to escape the “scene” and find an authentically inspiring place to work. Art, film and music lovers soon followed. Today, Marfa is home to dozens of galleries, workshops and cultural art spaces such as Ballroom Marfa, which offers exhibits, events, performances, workshops and lectures. It also has a wide range of F&B offerings, from food trucks to quirky spots like Planet Marfa beer garden and the Grilled Cheese Parlor, alongside upscale restaurants such as Cochineal and LaVenture. Lost Horse Saloon is the most tenured watering hole in town, owned by cattle rancher and professional actor Ty Mitchell, who can’t be missed because of his patch over one eye. A great place to see and be seen is Hotel Paisano, which James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson called home during the filming of “Giant.” Enjoy one of its famed margaritas in the bar, appropriately named Jett's Grill after Dean's character in the


film, and take a look through the “Giant” memorabilia room. Hotel Saint George is the new kid in town, with 55 rooms rebuilt on the footprint of an 1880s hotel of the same name. It’s a genuine Marfa endeavor, steeped in the character and history of the town, with La Venture restaurant, the Bar Saint George— serving light bites—and a separate event space called Farmstand, all decked out with salvaged materials, vintage and industrial pieces. A M a r f a m a i n s t a y i s t h e q u i rk y El Cosmico, a compound with vintage trailers and teepees for overnight guests, and camping spaces. It’s also a centerpiece for local music and art, where a variety of performances take place along with the annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love (see sidebar). A constant calendar of workshops, classes and community programs take place at El Cosmico. It might be a long way from anywhere, but that’s part of Marfa’s draw. Its unhurried pace, unique lifestyle and cowboy chic has a reputation like no other in Texas. VISITMARFA.COM


A group of intrepid wanderers convene at El Cosmico every September for a weekend of live music, sandlot baseball, workshops, art installations and more in the West Texas majesty of Marfa. Just like Marfa itself, Trans-Pecos is a little funky, with a bit of a psychedelic touch. It’s intimate, with a sense of community—like a big weekend field party where you know just about everyone. More than 1,000 people attend each year. Performers for 2016 include headliners Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Kacey Musgraves, Calexico, Neko Case, Mexrrissey, and Ben Kweller in addition to an eclectic array of folk, rock, country, indie, Americana musicians and bands. There are also plenty of El Cosmico workshops going on during the weekend, from poetry and crafting to cooking and yoga. There’s no shortage of food trucks and tents on-site, as well as art displays and vendors of jewelry, vintage goods, clothing and more.


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listen up to the fall style of these three Austin musicians on and off stage.

SaRah DRess • Handmade vintage gown, found by collectors at Factory 733 necklacEs • Nakamol at Maya Star, Austin shoes • Gianni Bini at Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave Ring • BP. at Nordstrom Barton Creek earriNgs • Heather Hawkins at Maya Star

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PhoTographer • Michael Giordano, FAShION eDITOR • Edith Henry, StyLISt • Matthew Aldini, haIr aNd MakeUP • Kelsey James, MODelS • John Lockhart, SaulPaul, Sarah Sharp VeNuE • Tellers, Austin;


SaUlPauL SweateR • rag & bone at Nordstrom Barton Creek necklacE and Watch • Model’s own CAp • Custom-made by Mind Right Clothing, model’s own JeaNs • Levi’s at Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave SNeaKers • Timberland at Nordstrom Barton Creek

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JoHn T•SHirt • Velvet by Graham & Spencer at Nordstrom Barton Creek vEst • Civil Society at Nordstrom Barton Creek JeAns • Lucky Brand bootcut, model’s own NecKlace • Model's own BeLt • Nordstrom Barton Creek BraCeLeT • Rock Candy, model’s own BooTs • Cole Haan at Nordstrom Barton Creek

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SAulpAUl T•SHirt • TOPMAN at Nordstrom Barton Creek COAt • The Kooples at Nordstrom Barton Creek JeAnS • Hudson Jeans at Nordstrom Barton Creek boots • Wolverine at Co-Star, Austin

SaRah CRop top • Very at Maya Star Vest • cupcakes and cashmere at Nordstrom Barton Creek Maxi SkiRt • Umgee at Maya Star nEcKlace • Natasha at Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave Hat • Brixton at Feathers Boutique BAG • Dooney & Burke at Feathers Boutique BRaceleTs • Handmade in India, stylist’s own bootIES • Vintage, K.I.K.I.T at Feathers Boutique

JOHn T•SHirt • Lucky Brand at Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave jacKet • rag & bone at Nordstrom Barton Creek JEans • AG at Nordstrom Barton Creek BeLt • Model’s own Boots • Clarks at Nordstrom Barton Creek

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Ladies, bump your style game up a notch (or two) with Keds canvas sneakers and leather shoes. For ACL, glam out these sequined slip-ons. They’ll take you from day to night. • $65 | KEDS.COM





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exas’ scorching summer is finally coming to a close, and it’s time to cool down with the comfort and coziness of fall. When it comes to decorating for fall, there’s no need to make drastic décor changes to welcome the warmth of the season into your home. Randal Weeks, founding designer of McKinneybased Aidan Gray Home and owner of Gray Living, shares his top six home décor trends for fall.

1 Terrific Texture Hay is for horses. Use raffia or pine needles, which are usually available at your local craft store or specialty garden center, as a foundation to stylishly add texture and bring color to life.

2 Find Comfort in Cool Colors Natural products and found objects in unexpected colors add a clean and cool textural visual to otherwise ordinary pieces. This fall, forgo standard brown pinecones for bleached cones. Pair with a rustic bowl for a stunning visual centerpiece.

3 Great Big Pumpkins Everything's bigger in Texas. This fall, think big and select oversized pumpkins for a simple, yet grand, statement.

4 Harvest your Home with Seasonal Vegetables Vegetables and gourds come in all different shapes and sizes. Pick a color palette such as whites/ creams, blues/grays or oranges/reds/peaches for a festive and harmonious fall accent.

5 Brighten with White Simple and chic, white porcelain mixed with glass cake stands, rusted accessories and fall-colored flowers creates a sophisticated seasonal look.

6 Summer Showers Bring Colorful Fall Flowers Sunflowers scream fall and can be used as the base of an arrangement, highlighting how they naturally fall (pun intended). Create an architectural effect by using a large moss or grapevine ball atop the sunflowers to create a visually stunning and unexpected arrangement. Founded in 2003, Aidan Gray has become a leader in the home furnishings industry, notably the segment of European-inspired interiors. Aidan Gray uses the best materials to manufacture furniture, occasional tables, table lamps, garden décor, candlesticks and case goods. This embodies the company's desire for products made by hand and with authentic materials. AIDANGRAYHOME.COM

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Fall Home Design Tips What to look for in a new house when you love to entertain, and also want a warm, family home. By Heather Scruggs


you love to entertain, how do you make your home work as well for parties as it does for everyday family activities? Obviously, good circulation in the floor plan is important, but materials, furnishings, and accessories go a long way toward creating warmth and functionality in your living spaces.

Look for an oversized kitchen island where the stools can be removed during a party, allowing traffic to circulate freely. When it’s not being used for dining, serve food or display floral arrangements and party favors on the island. Different shapes can be used to provide visual interest. Hang rectangular art pieces for contrast with a curved kitchen island and curved staircase. And remember, anything can be hung on a wall, including salvaged doors, screens, mirrors, and charger plates. Countertops and cabinets in contrasting colors is a trend for 2016. Even the upper and lower cabinets — or the flooring and the cabinets — can be two different colors. Think of your outdoor space as a second living room for when a party gets going. Outdoor kitchens and swimming pools make entertaining easier. But even in smaller homes, a patio tricked out with comfortable furniture conveys the message: Bring the party outside. For a cohesive feel, repeat the interior color palette in outdoor living spaces. A mix of textures and colors makes a home feel comfortable, yet intriguing. For example, combine a dark wood floor with a leather rug that has a modern chevron pattern, basing the

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The island's curved edge (as seen below) provides visual continuity with the circular dining room. Sets of accessories are arranged to give the room balance and enhance the clean, modern look.

Curves in the island and staircase contrast with rectangular art pieces. When it comes to art, repurposed items, such as a ceiling beam from an old barn used as a fireplace mantle, add the "Wow!" factor, and are great conversation pieces.



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color scheme on the drapery fabric. Or find creative uses for repurposed items; for instance, a ceiling beam from an old barn makes a great fireplace mantle. Give your home a clean, contemporary feel with lots of white, mixed with grays and pops of color that are carried through in artwork, fabrics, and accessories. Heather Scruggs is the in-house merchandising manager for Trendmaker Homes, one of Texas’ premier new-home builders, and has been decorating model homes for more than 20 years. TRENDMAKERHOMES.COM

Change up the artwork. Replace what normally hangs on your walls with partythemed objects, such as a variety of masks for a Mardi Gras celebration or handmade wreaths for a Christmas get-together. Pick background music that matches the mood of your gathering. Set your stereo or TV to an appropriate XM channel and enjoy the vibe. Use your laptop to project photo montages and/or videos on the wall, and run them continuously. This is an especially cool idea for a wedding, anniversary, or retirement party. Use items you already own in new ways. Put flowers in candlesticks and candy in glass vases. Turn a hutch with family photos into a makeshift bar.

Photography courtesy Trendmaker Homes

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y t s e n Ho A double shot of


very country music artist has his or her corresponding drink. From the sugary sweetness of power-pop country standardbearers, best accompanied by a margarita or a glass of sangria; to the bar room belters that are any lager’s best complement; and even to the singer-songwriters that are like a fine glass of cabernet, the full spectrum of country music delivers its messages by the glass. It’s a perfect pairing, fusing lyric, melody and mood. And into this harmony, Miranda Lambert is like an entire fifth of whiskey—undeniable, strong in large and small amounts and, most importantly, very real. As a mainstay of the country music spotlight for over a decade, Lambert has evolved from an aspiring teenage singer from Longview, Texas, to a frequent fixture of magazine covers and entertainment news programs. Should anyone find it hard to believe the “gal from Texas with humble beginnings,”

her first concert and the journey it began tell enough of the story. When asked about the first concert she attended, Lambert needed neither pressure nor time to produce an answer, proudly proclaiming “Garth Brooks at Texas Stadium – the second night.” She recalls, “They did three in a row. I think it changed the course of my journey as a person. I was only 10 years old, but it was so much production and so much energy. It was part of what set a fire in me, even at that age, to go, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to be part of that.’” Her confession spills out so humbly and with such conviction, that you can almost see the light in the eyes of a little girl in the Texas Stadium stands, despite the fact that these words are coming from a powerhouse of a 32-year-old woman on the eve of her late summer tour. Though she is relaxing as best she can in Nashville, her adopted home, it is clear from her words and her obvious passion that the fire still burns. It’s the same fire, burning so long and so hot, that has

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Photo by Christie Goodwin


By Daniel Ramirez


fueled her rise from spectating to headlining the very same venues that Garth and her other heroes commanded. She lives now in the same limelight that inspired her journey. But, such a high profile life is usually accompanied by equally high exposure, and her personal life rapidly became a public one. Every move was scrutinized and every triumph lauded, whether in the storied music halls of Nashville or the private halls of her home. And, as with nearly every face that graces the cover of Cosmopolitan, Redbook or Marie Claire, it wasn’t long before her face and life were cover stories for publications that approach their subjects differently. The rumor mills and gossip gluttons often cast as dark a shadow as the spotlight is bright as they documented Lambert’s every step. It all served the music, of course. Whether she was chronicling the excitement and adventure that took her from small-town East Texas to the bright lights of Nashville or lamenting the volatile end of a bad breakup or reflecting on her roots, the music was where everything went. “I grew up in a musical family,” Lambert says. “My dad plays guitar and writes songs. I was always around music and he was always playing music and so was my mom.”

I was always around

You might say of her musical talent that she ‘came by it honestly,’ but it might not prove entirely true. Her thirst for music may have given birth to some good-natured theft in order to be quenched. “I love older music,” she confesses. “My dad had vinyl records, which I’ve stolen many of !” True to her love, she supports the industry, as well as being a part of it. She doesn’t only have the vinyl of any album she likes, because that’s impractical for the car or the plane. Instead, as she happily confesses, “I’m anywhere from vinyl to Spotify and Pandora. I also buy all the records I love on iTunes, so I kind of run the gamut. All the music I love, I have every form of it I can get.”

This is the sort of character that Lambert pours into every line, making certain that her singles find an audience and climb to the top of the charts. It’s far more than a formula. It’s the unrelenting reality evident in her vulnerable songs that resonates with people who’ve been where she’s been. It makes for quite the success story.

And even this fun minor detail feeds the music. One of the first lines of her latest single, “Vice,” incorporates the numbers 33, 45 and 78. For younger listeners, they might sound like very odd measurements, but for older crowds and vinyl lovers, they practically scream of newly discovered tunes, as well as old classics.

Her success, however, isn’t solely a sequence of hit singles, as modern radio and online purchases have made commonplace. She is in the middle of an active streak of platinum albums, from the breakthrough “Kerosene” to the appropriately titled, “Platinum.” When her new album is released, it’ is a good bet that it will add yet another shiny platter to

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Lambert’s wall. It goes a long way to proving that the world doesn’t so much consume Lambert in small amounts, whether musically or otherwise. Instead, it takes in everything the native Texan has to offer. This level of indulgence can be both a blessing and a curse, as the past year has taught her. It was a harsh lesson, when, after ten years of marriage to Blake Shelton, Lambert suffered a heartbreak that would devastate most people – whether woman or man. It was a double shot of misery, as her divorce, painful enough on its own, ignited every rumor and suspicion that the Hollywood set could imagine; and saw accompanying round-the-clock coverage,

Photo by Becky Fluke

Photo by Christie Goodwin


first single from that production. In addition to the nod to her cherished 33s, 45s and 78s, she gives voice to the confusion and the infinite emotions that follow great pain. “Standing at the sink now, looking at the mirror. Don't know where I am or how I got here,” the song bellows. It’s just a taste of what’s in store on the rest of the album. “I still have a ways to go until the record’s out for everyone to hear,” Lambert explains, “so I’m still a little protective of it. I have to adjust to letting the world hear it.” splashing the end of a cherished bond in Lambert’s face with every article. Whether a sobering reality or a reason to abandon sobriety, the music, again, benefits. Her forthcoming album was built from those wounds and scars, and pushed an already expressive Lambert to get even more vulnerable. “The most I can say about [the new album] is that it’s honest,” she explains. “It’s reflective of what’s gone on in my life for the last year. There’s everything from fun to sad to reflective and introspective. I was just really honest with myself when I was writing it.” The honesty is nearly blinding in “Vice,” the

Her apprehension may stem from being more vulnerable than she’s ever been before, even though her music has always projected confidence. “I’m blessed that I have an outlet for my thoughts and feelings.” She may have banked on music as an outlet for all these years, but the years have never presented such a need for expression. “‘Vice’ is the perfect first single to come out on,” she says, “because it comes out of the gate telling the truth.” And that truth is that she is, for all her scars and struggles, for all her tragedies and triumphs, still here, still powerful, still undeniable. The music always has something to teach, and life usually offers back to the music. Still, there

are those lessons that everyone is loath to learn. Lambert’s came at the hands of an industry that proved far more complicated than writing and performing songs to a thirsty audience. “I don’t necessarily love the music business – learning all the ins and outs and politics and rules and which ones to break and which ones you can’t. It’s definitely been a lesson for me over the years. It’s not necessarily about the art. It’s about what goes on behind the scenes,” Lambert reflects. It’s hard to blame her for this perspective, when coverage of her private life has, on occasion, eclipsed the spotlight on her music. Yet, even a superstar like Miranda Lambert, wishes she could teach certain things to her younger self. No, they’re not about who to avoid or where to turn, or even about the heartbreak and soul-searching of her last year or the perils of the music industry. They’re simpler and yet more profound. They’re purer, less diluted. “Learn patience and just do the work,” the more mature Lambert says. “I think I did, but when you’re young, you’re just ‘going, going, going’ to get where you’re going; and, before you know it, you’re there and you look up and go, ‘Wait, what did I miss?’ Being present and living a little bit more in

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golden girl

2007 Academy of Country Music Award Top New Female Vocalist "Famous in a Small Town”

2010-2014 CMT Music Award Female Video of the Year

2010-2015 Country Music Association Award Female Vocalist of the Year

2010, 2012, 2014 CMA Award Album of the Year

2011 Grammy Award Best Female Country Vocal Performance "The House That Built Me"

2013 American Country Award Artist of the Year: Female "Mama's Broken Heart"

2015 Grammy Award Best Country Album "Platinum" 50th Anniversary Milestone Award Entertainer of the Year, "Smokin' and Drinkin'"

the moment would be something I would tell my younger self.” It’s good counsel, and less gloomy than you might expect, considering that pain most efficiently feeds the music. But it isn’t the only way to power the songs or the feelings they inspire. And, while Lambert can fall prey to the harsher emotions and sullen tones that are the bedrock of country music, she also manages to be just as real and just as accessible as any woman, particularly when it’s time to let go of any sadness and get lost in the beat. “It just depends on my mood, I guess,” she says. “It’s obvious those moods change a lot. I’m mostly feisty in my personality when

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I’m not being emotional or being reflective – so, I lean toward Beyoncé.” She is no less vulnerable for revealing her emotions. Even in her more playful music preferences, she still remains accessible and understandable. Lambert stifles a chuckle admitting her goto in more joyful times. And the homeland that they share isn’t lost on her, as she further defends her choice. “Of course, she’s a fellow Texan,” Lambert laughs. It’s an honest laugh from an honest woman who has been through the gauntlet life has thrown at her, both for good and for ill. She has been tested and refined since that day in Texas Stadium, from Texas honkytonk to Nashville bar scene, from minor stages to sold-out stadiums, and from hometown hero

to national headlines. And the expressions that find a voice in the music that has always been a part of her journey are no less honest. They have no frills, no fanciful flourish added. They don’t bother with fluff or with fantasy. She’s come too far and through too much to be anything other than real and honest; and when asked what she would do without music, she is no less so. “I have no idea. I don’t have any other skills. This is all I really can do,” she muses. She is a pure spirit—undeniable, strong in large or small amounts and very, very real. And we can’t wait for the next round of Miranda Lambert. MIRANDALAMBERT.COM

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It doesn’t usually happen this fast. You hear the stories, from screen and stage, of the “overnight success,” and how it comes to be. No matter the type of artist, the plot remains the same. There’s hustle, struggle, pain and doubt. There’s hard work—and harder hours—and the grueling uncertainty of whether the day the artist dreamed of, and endured

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for, will actually come to pass. And, just when all hope is lost, the miraculous occurs. It happens so often that it’s almost clichéd. George Clooney was an extra for years. J.K. Rowling got rejection after rejection. Bob


Dylan’s first band lost a talent competition to a tap dancer. We call it an overnight success, knowing that it’s anything but. But it doesn’t usually happen as fast as it’s happening to young Texan Maren Morris. The 26-year-old’s story is moving so fast, it’ll make your head spin. It certainly has had the same effect on her. Asked about the pronunciation of her name, whether it is Mah-ren or Marein, she answers quickly and then corrects herself (it’s ‘Mare-in,’ so you know). “I didn’t know my own name for a second!” the country phenom says. She’s got just enough time for us to catch up with her, and then it’s on to the promotion of a debut album and the gas pedal of her career firmly fixed to the floor. The past year saw Morris move from the hardworking stages and open mics of Nashville to sharing a stage with superstar Keith Urban, and touring the world while promoting a smash hit single that all but defines the Arlington-born belle of the country music ball. “My Church” is one of those songs that finds a home in your memory and immediately evokes open roads, classic tunes and a wide blue sky that could only have been inspired by a youth spent in Texas.

After starting her life and career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, her singing and songwriting talents eventually saw her record a couple of albums for smaller labels. The stage and studio were her primary focus, and Texans could catch her act at any stage that would have her within driving range of the Lone Star State. And, in a move that had art continue to imitate life, Morris took her successes and her dreams to Nashville. “When I moved to Nashville, it was definitely a little bit scary,” she admits. Having only known Texas, there was a lot of adjustment for then 20-year-old Morris, who undertook the entire endeavor alone. Taking her ‘never quit’ attitude to the bars and clubs of Music City, she did her best to make a name for herself, finding the same struggles that all aspiring artists find. Not every aspect was a challenge, however. Texas might have been a long way in the rearview mirror, but Morris still found reflections in her new home. “Nashville is similar in a way. It’s still the South, so the people are really kind, hospitable and genuine. Because of that, it wasn’t a hard transition.” Her kindness and charm also made short work of what is usually a much longer transition. “I fell into a really great group of friends pretty soon after I got here,” Morris explains. Nashville didn’t take long to notice her. It was her songwriting, however, not her stage presence, that got her noticed. She was penning lyrics for her heroes; and the world heard both Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson sing her songs. But, though the industry was taking note that Morris was the heart behind the work of country music’s finest, the stage continued to call to her.

“I’ll always be a songwriter. But, I missed being on stage. So, that’s what sparked this whole album being made.” Morris made her way back into the studio, armed with the connections and maturity that her journey provided, and “My Church” was born alongside the rest of her June 2016 release, “Hero.” The confluence of all these developments is creating a triumphant story, worthy of the album’s title. The single catapulted her life into uncharted waters, and dreams that were only a few years old were coming true. The country music world hasn't witnessed a rise to stardom this fast in some time. That's not lost on Morris, nor is it taken for granted. “When I was offered the slot on the Keith [Urban] tour, that was definitely a 'pinch me' moment,” she reflects. “Having a gold-certified record, playing the Grand Ole Opry, there have been so many countless moments that have been unbelievable to me, especially this early on. It’s been a fun year, so far.” And, as they say, the hits just keep on coming. She's played sold-out arenas, made multiple national television appearances and found out, first-hand, just how much her lyrics resonate with audiences of all nationalities. “Playing the O2 Arena in London to 20,000 people was a huge moment,” she explains. “I’d never really been overseas with this particular song, so I didn’t know what I was getting into. But, when we started getting into the breakdown chorus of “My Church,” almost every corner of that arena was singing the words. In London!” Morris’ enthusiasm and authenticity are anything but a polished act. She shares the joy of this journey in every expression,

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“You can’t get out of Dodge, when you’re from Texas. It’s always going to be a part of you,” Morris says.


maintaining her humility in the process. “It gave me chills watching the video back. It was like this dream I had, where I was going to get to play in an arena, Catch Maren Morris at and it happened! In London, of all ACL Fest. She plays the places – and they first weekend, knew the words!” appearing Friday, September 30th. Success has given birth to more aspirations ACLFESTIVAL.COM and she now has the notoriety to turn even those dreams into reality. “You obviously try to keep some sort of plan in your head going. For myself, I have a lot of things I want to accomplish. Making this record was a huge check [on the to-do list]. But I want to keep making albums that I’m proud of and that I love, fully, and the audience loves and connects to. I want to headline my own tour someday. I want to play Red Rocks. I want to play Madison Square Garden. I want to tour the world. I would love to tour in France and Spain and Japan. I have many bucket list dreams that I’ll hopefully get to check off in the next couple of years.” Maren may have found fame and fortune in such rapid succession as to make your head spin, but it was never “overnight.” Rather, it was just accelerated. Now, with the fog of dreams somewhat settled, she looks back to the girl with all the hopes and offers counsel to those that listen to her and may seek to follow her. “If I were talking to my 13- or 14-yearold self, I would say that patience is a virtue,” Morris advises. "Don’t let anyone try to narrate your story for you. You’re the starring role in your own life, don’t let anyone try to tell you different. Stay honest and stay humble.” Adhering to those maxims, it’s no wonder that this Texan is creating a legend as big as her home state. It sounds a lot like a country song, but one with a tempo best suited for a car, barreling down The Highway, perhaps more than just a few miles per hour over the speed limit.


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Chow Down in The Heights By Julie Bonnin

The patio at Hunky Dory (above) Chris Cusack (right), with longtime friend Joey Treadway, founded the Treadsack restaurant group which now has six distinctly different—and highly successful—establishments in The Heights neighborhood.


ou’re in Houston, wondering how to narrow down where and what to eat or drink in the sprawling Gulf Coast city that’s become renowned for its rich food scene. The Heights is a sure bet. That's where you'll find memorable meals, thoughtful wine selections and craft cocktails, served up in six distinctly different establishments—all delivered by uber-successful restaurant group Treadsack, Inc. An old school, inner 610 Loop neighborhood where vintage Victorian and craftsmanstyle houses share space with trendy shops and the occasional automotive garage, crumbling trailer park, or second-hand store, the Heights is easy to get to, but worlds away from downtown skyscrapers, the Texas Medical Center, or other high-traffic areas.

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It took two friends from the Heights – Joey Treadway and Chris Cusack – to launch a group of restaurants and bars that thrive on a philosophy of combining local, seasonal foods and high quality spirits with unpretentious service and a “who’s who” roster of wellknown chefs, mixologists and sommeliers. The pair, along with their talented team, has created a buzz with innovative, as well as classic, interpretations of food and drink, attracting national acclaim and high profile diners like Vice President Joe Biden and family. Cusack, 34, in shorts and a ball cap, talked about the restaurant group’s unprecedented success this summer at Down House, the comfy neighborhood restaurant he and Treadway, both former busboys, opened just blocks from where he grew up.

That first venture opened in 2010. In the six years since, they’ve opened five more popular and critically acclaimed Heights establishments, three of those within the span of 60 days. (One, Foreign Correspondents, was named to foodie website Eater’s list of essential spots for great meals in the U.S.) All offer wildly different concepts, but with a core commitment to great food, community building, and hospitality, operating with what Cusack calls “a great welcoming vibe.”



In order of conception, the Treadsack progeny. (NOTES BY CO-FOUNDER CHRIS CUSACK)

• DOWN HOUSE The vision was to create a neighborhood restaurant with great food, coffee and spirits. Today, the well-worn couches and heavy wooden furniture suggest the “kind of home away from home” feel Cusack was going for. Brunch, beautifully crafted cocktails and lattes are superb in a casual setting. | 1801 YALE ST

Brunch at the Down House

• JOHNNY’S GOLD BRICK “You should be able to go to a good bar and ask for any class of cocktail and have it made right, with high quality ingredients. And, if you are at a true neighborhood bar, you should also be able to order a shot and a beer,” says Cusack. At this former icehouse, expertly made cocktails – a group of classics, not nouveau concoctions – are priced at $8. Beers also include old favorites along with craft selections, and simple bar food is served on the side. Then, once a month, “the bartenders flex their muscles a little bit and put out the exotic stuff,” Cusack says. | 2518 YALE ST • D&T DRIVE INN A large, constantly changing craft beer selection on tap, plus hot weather favorites like frozen Sangria and Shandy (beer and house-made lemonade) make this the perfect divey hangout. There’s a beer garden, great jukebox, Tuesday steak night, and a special version of Frito pie featuring pimento cheese over beer beef stew with jalapenos. | 1307 ENID ST Inside the D&T Drive Inn

• HUNKY DORY James Beard-nominated chef Richard Knight serves updated British-American cuisine and pub fare with seasonal, local ingredients, Old World wines and Scotch whiskies. Knight, who headed the acclaimed Houston restaurant Feast, during its nose-to-tail heyday, creates magic in the kitchen in what Cusack calls “our most adult restaurant.” | 1801 N. SHEPHERD DR • FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS There is the Thai food most Americans have come to know, and then there is Foreign Correspondents, one of only a few restaurants in the U.S. that focus on regionally specific cuisine. Chef P.J. Stoops comes by his knowledge of North and Northeastern Thai cuisine honestly – his wife and her family have steeped him in the food of their homeland, where he lived for several years. A handful of farmers grow herbs and vegetables for the restaurant, so the menu changes often and features fresh flavors diners likely have not experienced before. Cusack recommends the “unstoppable beef curry.” | 4721 N. MAIN ST • BERNADINE’S An expansive exploration of Gulf Coast cooking – from Texas, through Louisiana and into Mississippi along the I-10 corridor – inspired this elegantly understated restaurant, which has Chef Graham LaBorde at the helm. “Houston and the Gulf Coast are really coming into their own, and I didn’t feel there was a definitive Gulf Coast restaurant,” Cusack says. Bernadine’s is named for LaBorde’s grandmother, the family matriarch from Lafayette whose cooking and hospitality were legendary. Seafood, a raw bar with daily oyster specials, sparkling wines and cocktails are on the menu. | 1801-B N. SHEPHERD DR

Foreign Correspondents’ stir-fry

• CANARD The cocktail bar reinvented has a lush, ‘70s-era interior with high-backed booths and gorgeous, creative drinks that are almost too beautiful to drink. The intimate space has a killer selection of Chartreuse as well as European-style optics. Head bartender Leslie Ross, with her organic chemistry background, is a never-ending source of "crazy-good concoctions," Cusack says. | 4721 N. MAIN ST

Bernadine’s BBQ ribs

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Decorating the vinyl: white chocolate musical note; dark chocolate guitar; spiced pecan chocolate bark; French strawberry macaroons; orange shortbread cookies dipped in white chocolate, sprinkled with pistachios; edible gold chocolate rocks. This is an example of what a band checking in for SXSW or ACL Fest may find in their rooms at the Four Seasons Austin.



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By Julie Tereshchuk

itting in the heart of the Live Music Capital, the staff at the Four Seasons Austin sees their fair share of music industry boldface names. It falls to those in the kitchens of the hotel's TRIO restaurant to tempt the palates of their guests, often with a perfect pairing of wine and dessert. Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Pallagi Naim and Sommelier Rania Zayyat work together to create these hit duets. For our Listen Up! music issue, we went behind the scenes to get the inside scoop.


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12 years of training for Chef Naim 3 hours to make a dessert (Overall, the process takes many more hours of brainstorming and recipe testing to go from concept to plate.

320 labels currently on TRIO's wine list 1959: oldest bottle of wine Sommelier Sommelier Rania Zayyat

Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Pallagi Naim

Zayyat has served in her career

12 liters: largest bottle of wine

Sommelier Zayyat has drunk from

1,400 bottles served, monthly

Dessert photo by Sarah Doliver


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Eat Here, SA! Discover the Creative Kitchens of San Antonio

By Cris Mueller

W Chef James Moore makes use of the entire garden in each and every colorful plate at Grayze on Grayson.


imply put, Grayze on Grayson emits comfortable farmhouse appeal in a modern space. Chef James Moore makes use of the entire garden in each and every colorful plate, and manages to keep his finger on the pulse of the San Antonio feeding frenzy. Indoors, wooden palettes and clean stainless steel complement the more rugged exterior, which boasts brightly colored chairs and farm animal murals beside alfalfa haystacks and succulents. They have the perfect patio for a festival or a family lunch with elevated homestyle farmhouse cuisine. House favorites include Caulicious (roasted cauliflower), The Mac (loaded with three cheeses and caramelized onions), or the Bird Is the Word (chicken breast atop a rich mushroom risotto). Be sure to try the Original Culinaria Farm Cocktail La Fuente made with Milagro tequila and a variety of farm-fresh ingredients 521 E GRAYSON ST | SAN ANTONIO GRAYZEONGRAYSON.COM.

hiskey Cake produces uncomplicated, approachable food at their slow-food kitchen and bar. Situated in the heart of The Shops at La Cantera, guests get a sweet greeting from a community style garden before the grand doors open and transport them into a Southern-style dining room. Bringing the outdoors in, the room has chic accents of barrels, vintage furniture and oversized basket chairs. The kitchen and the bar take local ingredients, and incorporate them into more creative concoctions than you’d expect from a large scale restaurant. An indulgent and familyfriendly menu is delivered by sourcing from Texas farms, as well as their own on-site garden. Embrace the farm-to-table ethos, and try the 3 Little Pigs, stacked high with onion straw and served atop a kitchen brick, or juice up with a Wabbit Smash, a gin cocktail made with carrot, mint, local honey and lemon. “It’s what I call a full sensory cocktail, bringing together the bright color, the sound of the shaker, earthy and almost sweet juice,” says Bar Manager Killian Oliver. As for the namesake cake, it is best described as good, “and I mean, slap your mama good,” claims Oliver.

There’s a tavern-like appeal to one of midtown San Antonio’s favorite neighborhood hangouts, Old Main Association.


he sundrenched, narrow patio is lined with comfortable and colorful murals. A shadow-filled concrete and wood interior creates a dramatic first impression and adds to the tavern-like appeal of one of midtown San Antonio’s neighborhood hangouts, Old Main Association. Chef Lorenzo Morales retells stories of his childhood in the kitchen, introducing the Alamo City to a new version of old favorites. Gathering recipes from his grandmother’s stovetop, “it’s like taking old blues music and adding electric guitar,” says Morales of his menu. It’s the kind of place that invites you in, and then insists you create friendships, and hear great stories. Memories of family meals, college days, and more are sure to follow.

Editor’s note: Headed to Plano? You’ll find Whiskey Cake there, also.

For a standout plate, try the infamous Concha Burger, served on a pan de huevo bun and blanketed with pork belly, or the Chicharrón Fries, smothered in chorizo gravy. Top it off with the Wonderlust, a rich and creamy bourbon nightcap.



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All photography by Cris Mueller

Whiskey Cake produces uncomplicated, approachable food at their slow-food kitchen and bar.

Cabanas Wailea Beach Villas, South Maui

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Photo courtesy of Wailea Beach Villas

Aloha, Maui!


Orange County, California:

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rom Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farms to Surf City USA, and some of the best cycling and beaches, you will love all that Orange County, California has to offer. Southwest Airlines makes it easy to fly into quaint John Wayne Airport (JWA) on a direct flight and land smack dab in the center of The OC. Because it’s smaller and easier to navigate than larger airports, JWA makes for a peaceful start to your trip.


The OC is more than a reality show and here are the highlights to create your own script.


By Marika Flatt

Anabella Hotel in Anaheim is only a mile walk to the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. You

can get a kids’ suite for around $200 per night that has a main king room plus a small bedroom with bunk beds, and another bedroom with a daybed. It’s an older, no-frills motel with a vintage feel, but it’s nice to be within walking distance of the parks. Grab a filling breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Tangerine Grill & Patio, to start your day off right. (Order the Mickey Mouse pancakes.) ANABELLAHOTEL.COM

At Disneyland, get the Park Hopper pass for around $150 per day per person. You can take a backpack with water and snacks and plan to spend the whole day (8 a.m. to midnight). Try to visit each of the lands, and tackle your preferred rides first. If you want to enjoy one of the more popular rides, get a FASTPASS and you can come back at the assigned time for a much shorter line.

Laguna Beach Orange County

Photo courtesy of Orange County Visitors Association

Start in Tomorrowland and ride Hyperspace Mountain and some relaxed choices like Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage or enjoy the Star Wars Jedi Training show. In Adventureland, ride Indiana Jones Adventure. The rides at Disneyland are family-oriented and not intense. For the second half of the day, walk across to California Adventure and get FASTPASSES for some shows (the Frozen show is popular). The biggest area is Paradise Pier and the California Screamin’ roller coaster is the largest and most popular. Riding Mickey's Fun Wheel gives you a view of the whole park. And, Goofy’s Sky School looks like a kids’ ride but is actually one of the scariest in the park! Cars Land is a fun area that makes you feel like you're right in

the Cars movies. Radiator Springs Racers is a fun ride for the whole family. (If everyone is over 7, get in the singles line for a shorter wait.) Overall, Disneyland offers much cooler temps than Florida’s Disneyworld and can be done in a day. DISNEYLAND.COM

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The Packing House is Sunkist’s former

citrus packing plant, originally built in 1919. Now, the two-level foodie haven features 25 small restaurant options. (Order at the counter and jockey for a table.) There’s something for every craving from Little Vitaly Italian (a bit pricey but each pasta is homemade and delicious) to Orange Tei’s sushi and everything in between. ANAHEIMPACKINGDISTRICT.COM

Known as Surf City USA, and with an endless summer—meaning great weather all year, Huntington Beach is a must-see in OC. You’ll find world-class surfing (the annual US Open of Surfing, BMX and skateboarding happens here every July) and there’s even a dog surfing competition in September. Stay at the Waterfront Beach Resort (a Hilton Hotel), right across Pacific Coast Highway from beautiful white sand beaches. Rooms typically range from $189-$399. You’ll enjoy clean rooms, an ocean view pool and easy beach access, not to mention a hearty breakfast at Shades restaurant (breakfast tacos or omelets to start your day

Pier at Night Huntington Beach

on the beach). You can even enjoy S'mores on the beach at night across from the hotel (Waterfront Adventures).


Simmzy’s is a great spot for a casual

burger and a craft beer. Their menu includes sandwiches and apps with a SoCal vibe. With an ocean view at the new Pacific City shopping center, you’re fine in a swimsuit and cover-up. SIMMZYS.COM

Rent a Duffy boat from Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals and drive around the harbor canals. These boats are easy to drive and provide loads of relaxation. It’s fun to look at the homes in the harbor and you can bring a cooler of drinks and snacks. A two-hour rental is the ideal amount of time. For evening entertainment, reserve seats at the Pirate’s Adventure Dinner Show in Buena Park. Kids will love this swash-buckling show while you're served a plated dinner (dinner is included with the ticket price, but alcoholic drinks are extra.). There’s a large cast of characters on the pirate ship and the interactive show is memorable. PIRATESDINNERADVENTURE.COM


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The best way to see Irvine is to jump on a Pedego Irvine electric bike for a guided tour. A 20-mile ride is around $65 per person. Not only do you cover some serious ground, it’s big fun having a booster on your bike to help you “flatten the hills” for an easier ride. (Pedego electric bikes are also in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.) PEDEGOELECTRICBIKES.COM

Newport Beach Newport Beach is known for sailing and you’ll see sailboats aplenty in this posh beach town. Balboa Island is just over the bridge and is the area’s crown jewel with lots of shops and restaurants on the main drag, Marine Avenue. Rent bikes and hop on the ferry over to the peninsula where you can ride along the paved beach boardwalk that passes adorable rental homes for miles. The wide beach is busy and the people watching is fun.

Costa Mesa Known for its art scene and grand designer shopping, Costa Mesa is a fashionista’s dream. South Coast Plaza is just one of the many shopping stops. Stop in at Quattro Caffé and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine like pollo marsala, ravioli or pizza. Spend the night at the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. You’ll see how this uber-artistic community showcases some of their best at this chic showstopper of a hotel. You’ll love the crisp ambiance of this boutique property (average rate is $180 for a standard room). AVENUEOFTHEARTSHOTEL.COM

Orange County is in the heart of Southern California and their 42 miles of beaches is just the beginning. With an incredible amount of art, culture and entertainment, outdoor recreation and famous family-friendly attractions, it’s the ideal trip for laidback luxury. For more details and photos, check out our “Beyond the Cover: Orange County” story at


Photography courtesy of Orange County Visitors Association

Huntington Beach


Maui, Hawaii #LetHawaiiHappen K

nown as The Valley Isle, Maui is less commercialized than Oahu and offers more raw beauty in the form of lush green valleys and rainforests, interior mountains and unadulterated beaches.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, West Maui Foodie Find • Enjoy a gourmet burger or fancy shake at The Burger Shack down on the beach. Pair a local beer and enjoy an appetizer, too. (Try the sriracha shrimp with aioli.) Picture Perfect • One of the most breathtaking scenes on Maui

can be found down at the Ritz-Carlton's private beach.

Special Spaces • New arrivals receive a welcoming shell necklace in

the beautiful lobby walkway ... Take a guided snorkeling expedition to Ka’anapali Beach with the Ambassadors of the Environment program and you might see a sea turtle among the rich marine life … Melt into a Lomilomi massage or a signature Waihua facial in the relaxing spa.

Room for Rent • The layout of the one-bedroom residential suite

is perfect for a family with kids. There's a separate bedroom with a king bed and a living room with foldout sofa. The kitchen is fully equipped: refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, dishes plus pots and pans.

Landscape & Waterfalls Wailea Beach Villas

Foodie Find • The luxurious kitchen means you'll want to fix all your meals here. Go shopping next door at the gourmet market in The Shops at Wailea. Picture Perfect • The landscaping at this property is enough

to write home about. The flora and fauna is breathtaking, with water features spread throughout … Head to the adult pool, which overlooks the beach. Special Spaces • When you arrive, the bellman whisks your car away

to a private parking garage before delivering your luggage to your villa. Room for Rent • You’ll choose from a variety of villas. We enjoyed D.T. Fleming Beach Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

two large bedrooms and another area with a bed and trundle. With the beautiful kitchen and living room, there was plenty of space for a family of five (or more) to spread out.

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Photography courtesy of The Ritz Carlton, Kapaula and Wailea Beach Villas

Wailea Beach Villas, South Maui


Grand Wailea, South Maui Foodie Find • Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the state fish, is also the name of the restaurant here where you'll enjoy fresh fish, native appetizers and wine pairings. Outside by the pool, this restaurant has a thatched roof and offers the most amazing sunset. Picture Perfect • The 1 1/2-mile Wailea Coastal Walk crosses

in front of this property. In addition to burning some calories, you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful scenes on the island.

Special Spaces • 40 acres of fun: The mini waterpark draws a lot

of families to this large, grand resort. The kids will want to stay at the waterpark, where multiple pools and connecting slides will keep the family busy all day … The resort is home to the world’s only water elevator, built in the early 90’s for $2.1 million. Room for Rent • Adjoining rooms with two double beds provide

plenty of space for a family of five in this well-appointed hotel. If you choose a suite, you'll have additional seating areas and larger patios. All rooms open to the outside.

Island Life Old Lahaina Luau • This well-known, authentic luau offers the most complete experience you'll find. A tad more expensive than others, approximately $115 per adult/ $78 per child, the buffet is amazing and the show itself is historic. You'll love the open bar for allyou-can-drink. All of the cocktails can be made into mocktails for kids. The Road to Hana • Get up early and head to East Maui for a

once-in-a-lifetime scenic drive. You'll spend all day on this twisting road with over 600 turns, several dozen one-lane bridges, and will see waterfalls aplenty. Beware of flash floods if there's rain. Iao Valley Needle • In an extraordinarily lush green state park,

you'll find one of the most visited sites on the island—the stone needle that shoots up to the sky. A very short hike will take you to some unique valleys, mountains and a rushing stream—perfect for photo ops.

The town of Lahaina • Great shopping, the historic Banyan

tree that is a tree-climber’s dream, the best shaved ice on the island (Ululani’s), and popular restaurants like Cheeseburger in Paradise and Fleetwood’s (owned by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood) are all on the popular Front Street.

Hibiscus Pool, Grand Wailea (top) Sunset at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Grand Wailea (bottom)

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For more, check out our “Beyond the Cover: Maui” story at *Do your research with “Discover Maui” from Lonely Planet books ahead of time. GOHAWAII.COM/MAUI

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Smileage Rack it Up with These Golf Vacays

By Marika Flatt





ou can go as a couple or for a girls/guys getaway. But, they also make for a great family road trip, too: dad gets to hit the links, mom gets to spa—maybe get in some yoga poses—and the kids get to splash around a pool. Golf vacays can please and relax the whole gang.

For Couples Get awave from it all at St. Joe Club & Resorts on Highway 30A, Florida. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals reports that Texas travelers are predominantly looking for homes in Florida, with Destin (first overall), Panama City Beach, and Miramar Beach (part of 30A) all making the top 10. Simply known as 30A, one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the U.S., is found in Northwest Florida. If you’re looking for less commercialized, less crowded, and a slower pace than Destin and Panama City Beach, head down the highway to WaterColor.



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Along the white sandy beaches of 30A, you'll find accommodations of all types. House rentals in the Forest District of WaterColor are contemporary, large enough for a family or several couples, and somewhat quiet. St. Joe Club & Resorts boast home rentals of varying sizes, but most have the same posh beach furniture and modern kitchens that make vacationing relaxing and renewing.








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• Foodie Finds Along 30A The Gathering Spot & Sushi Bar, just off the lobby of WaterColor Inn & Resort, is deceptively delicious. You might not guess that a small, open restaurant on the bottom floor of an inn would pack such a punch, but Chef Slade Christmas will knock your Santa socks off. Whether you’re looking for sushi or American cuisine with an air of creativity (we love their pork dumplings, edamame and crab cheese dip), The Gathering Spot will impress. You might visit on a night where you can catch a talented singer-songwriter strumming away; then, after dinner, take your drinks out back and sit around the fire pits aglow with beach light.

saltwater pool or lounge poolside. 2. Spend a day at the Four Seasons family pool playing volleyball, designing castles in the sand, and staying cool. 3. Jump on a pontoon boat or paddle board and cruise on 30A’s Lake Powell. 4. Play like the pros on this award-winning 18-hole, par-70 course that hosts the yearly AT&T Byron Nelson at Four Seasons Dallas. 5. Start your days off right with a stunning sunrise at Grayton Beach on 30A.

Don’t miss brunch at Rosemary Beach’s Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel. Just a block from the beach in this Barcelona-inspired village on 30A, Havana opened about a year ago with all the elegance and charm of a seaside bistro. Grab a table on the patio that overlooks the red brick streets and gives you a view of the ocean. Fill up on their Southern cuisine of shrimp and grits, eggs benedict or a sweeter concoction like savory French toast. The only thing that will drag you away from this experience is a tee time.

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Treat yourself to Caliza Restaurant for a sunset dinner, which happens to be poolside at the Bermudan-inspired community of Alys Beach. With its Grecian stark white architecture, the pool is both intimidating and inviting. The beauty of Caliza lies in its architecture mixed with upscale poolside fare. Enjoy an array of fresh bread and corn fritters with your wine, then move on to a hangar steak or fresh fish, followed by a memorable dessert of stacked chocolate or refreshing sorbet. After dinner, you might want to swing in the poolside hammocks or dip your toes in the expansive pool, fit for an Athenian princess. • What Else? • Take a sunset cruise on a pontoon boat from Watersound Origins’ Lake Powell. Motorboatin’ 30A can pick up your group from the dock and chauffeur you around this coastal dune lake in search of one of the most jaw-dropping sunsets you’ll find anywhere. • Start the day with some refreshing yoga on the lawn at Watersound Origins. • WaterColor Beach Club and WaterSound Beach Club both offer a gorgeous gateway to the beach, complete with dune-side pools and boardwalks to the beach where you can reserve private beach chairs. WaterColor is more family-oriented, while WaterSound is more upscale and adult-friendly. Have lunch at WaterColor Beach Club and enjoy blackened fish tacos with a mojito. • There are arts, culture and culinary festivals aplenty along 30A throughout the year, including winter's 30A Songwriters Festival and spring's South Walton Food & Wine Fest. WATERSOUNDBEACHCLUB.COM WATERCOLORRESORT.COM Book a WaterSound Vacation Rental, situated near breathtaking coastlines residing along scenic Highway 30-A

Stay Awhile! If you just can’t get enough of the 30A scene, Watersound Origins is an up-and-coming second home ownership option that’s popular with Texans. Set in 110 acres, it’s a quiet, white picket-fenced community off the main drag. With its own golf course, private neighborhood pool and delicious lawn-side café, house prices range from garden homes for $450K to fivebedroom spreads with all the bells and whistles for $1 million-plus. WATERSOUND.COM

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For the Family Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is

a luxury resort in the heart of the DFW metroplex, set amid perfectly manicured greens. You step into a gorgeous lobby with blooming flowers and are shuttled off to your course-side villa in a chauffeured golf cart. Remember, the family that plays together stays together. You’ll discover a Texas-sized selection of treats and eats at this resort, which doubles as a local country club, too. For a family, we recommend two adjoining villas— ask for a rollaway bed if you need to accommodate extra children. The villas are spacious and some look out onto the 18th hole. Dad will enjoy this Byron Nelson Classic course while mom and the kids hang out at the Agave or Family pools. • What We Love • LAW: the new restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy the Chuck Wagon breakfast buffet, or order from the menu: Chilaquiles Verdes or the Brisket, Fried Chicken and Crab (one of each) Eggs Benedict. • Family Pool: ideal for kids, offering basketball, volleyball and a sand pit. Staff encourages kids to participate in games such as water balloon toss, sand castle building, and human bowling. Enjoy lunch or dinner poolside. And who doesn’t love being offered frozen chocolate bars by the courteous pool staff? • Golf: spend the afternoon enjoying 9 or 18 holes on these manicured greens. Home to the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 15, 2017), this par 70 course won’t disappoint even the most experienced golfer. • Spa: the Nirvana Stress Relief massage will take all your aches, pains and stress away. If you schedule a 50-minute massage, you’re going to want to extend to 80-minutes. After your treatment, relax in the steam room, dry sauna, cold plunge pool, hot tub and relaxation lounge. • Agave Resort Pool: relax on lounge chairs amid lush greenery or float on bean bags in the water. Swim under the waterfall that tumbles from the bridge over to the secluded hot tub. • Sports Center: because the resort is also a country and fitness club, guests get to enjoy the expansive center with indoor tennis and basketball courts, racquetball courts, gym and fitness classes like PliYo (pilates and yoga) or spin classes. FOURSEASONS.COM/DALLAS


Girls’ Getaway or Mancation

Golf Along 30A If you're looking for a course that’s fun, and to work out some of the kinks in your game, Watersound Origins Golf Club at Watersound is perfect. The dynamic course offers a par 3, 10hole option or a six-hole executive course with alternating tee boxes and shared greens. The course will stretch an intermediate golfer with the second hole, forcing a 150-yard shot over the water, or the third hole with a bunker in the middle of the green. Every hole brings a certain element of fun and challenge that makes the overall course enjoyable. Origins scores a solid 4.5 stars with Golf Advisor. Playing six holes takes about 90 minutes, if you’re taking your time. The 10-hole par 3 course will take just under two hours and is a great way to practice your irons before you play the more challenging courses in the area like Camp Creek or Shark's Tooth. —Pete Frank

Hotel Granduca Austin came on the scene in November 2015 and offers a great

escape for your girls or guys getaway. The Italian-inspired hotel sits atop a hill in Austin's Westlake and overlooks treetops all the way to downtown Austin. Almost 10 years ago, Hotel Granduca Houston was created by Italian Giorgio Borlenghi and based on its success, they expanded to the hills of Westlake. Invoking the feeling of a Tuscan villa with its hand-painted murals and Italian architecture, Hotel Granduca Austin features 194 rooms with 36 suites. The hotel hosts corporate meetings and group events throughout the week, and more leisure guests on the weekend. Guests can enjoy a deluxe king room (for around $350 per night) or splurge on a villa suite (which averages $1,500 per night).

Granduca Austin also boasts 1,600 pieces of art (the elevators are even artfully designed), a game room featuring pool tables and over-stuffed leather couches, and a stylish bar. The pool is perfect for a girls' getaway—the gals can while away an afternoon lounging in or by the pool, being served margaritas, mojitos or the like. For mancation golf outings, the hotel has a golf concierge who can schedule tee times, club rentals and transportation to one of several resort courses, private clubs or high-end daily courses in the area. After a day of golf or lounging poolside, dine at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Visconti. With indoor and outdoor seating, guests will be wowed by Chef Tom Parlo’s interpretation of northern Italian cuisine. His take on gnocchi or risotto will please any palate, and all pastas and breads are housemade.

Granduca’s Visconti Restaurant offers classic Italian cuisine created from local, seasonal foods

With such impeccable service, you’ll not want to leave the hotel, which makes it ideal for this type of getaway. GRANDUCAAUSTIN.COM


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Golf Icon Harvey Penick's Life & Wisdom By Sarah Bradley


he iconic Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book is not only considered the best-selling golf instruction book of all time, but it also marked a turning point for Kevin Robbins. Gladis was born in Houston but the family moved east when he was about three-months-old. “I’m a Texan by birth, New Englander by upbringing.” Reading Penick’s book inspired Robbins to become a better golfer and, eventually, to write the first biography of Penick, Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf. “My grandmother gave me Harvey’s original book in 1992,” says Robbins, now a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who spent 22 years writing for daily newspapers. “Getting Harvey’s book was like a message to me, with its simplicity and the humility of his golf instruction.” Such impactful advice came straight from the pages of a plain red notebook in which Penick, a soft-spoken Texas golf coach, had recorded his thoughts on the game for decades. Robbins tells the extraordinary tale in his book of how that ordinary notebook became the definitive guide for millions of golfers around the world. Robbins draws on firsthand interviews with the Penick family as well as countless boxes of newspaper clippings, interview transcripts and home videos to piece together the story. Then, once he moved to Austin in 2000, Robbins was on Penick’s old stomping ground, and able to undertake hands-on research.

The book includes every aspect of Penick’s life, from the complexities of golf and golf instruction to his experiences around the evolution of golf, his uncommon sensibility to teaching women, and overall life lessons that stem from the game of golf. “Harvey Morrison Penick lived an instructive life,” Robbins said. “He poured himself into helping people do something very difficult, whether golf or living life. He cared deeply about not only their success in hitting golf shots, but their well-being and sense of purpose.” Though Robbins never thought he would write a book, he dedicated himself to the task, and committed to writing at least 1,000 words a day for a span of about three years. “I never thought I would have the discipline," Robbins says. "But we can surprise ourselves when we put our minds to it, especially if it’s something you’re passionate about.”

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Learning From Harvey Penick Kevin Robbins spent three years writing a biography of Harvey Penick. Here are three of the most important things Robbins learned from the Texas golf icon. “When enthusiasts think of Texas golf, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson spring to mind. Both were friends with, and deeply respected, Harvey. Nelson even wrote that Harvey knew more about golf than anyone he’d ever met. Harvey truly was the father of Texas golf.” “Harvey was a fine player before he chose to teach, playing the circuit of Texas tournaments, including the early Texas Opens at Brackenridge Park in San Antonio (later the PGA Tour) and competing in the 1928 U.S. Open.” “The women of the early LPGA loved Harvey. Betsy Rawls and her peers, caravanning around the South to play in their modest tournaments, planned their travel schedules around a trip to see Harvey and absorb his positive energy.”

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“I spent the summer of 2013 driving around Texas speaking with people who knew and loved Harvey and enveloping myself in his life,” Robbins says. “Even though Harvey died five years before I arrived in Austin, I’ve always felt like I knew him through his books. I felt I owed him this personal debt because he has made me a better player and helped change me, in ways that go well beyond golf.”


Raw Alzheimer's Former Houston radio show host survives her mother's journey


By Cris Mueller

oustonian Dayna Steele once led on-air conversations during what she fondly refers to as “a magical time and place to be in radio.” Today, she still holds the mic - most recently opening the stage to some difficult and raw conversations on Alzheimer’s. Her new book, Surviving Alzheimer’s – With Friends, Facebook, and A Really Big Glass of Wine, chronicles her mother’s journey with Steele at the helm. Texas Lifestyle Magazine: Was this book your inner radio personality asking for permission to speak openly again? Dayna Steele: I never stopped being open about my life. That's what I love about social media - it's just another form of a radio show. The years between radio, speaking engagements and social media, I often I missed having that voice. TLM: What led you to become an on-air personality? DS: I went to college as a third-generation Aggie, where I met a DJ at a party who mentioned KAMU, the Texas A&M station. I auditioned so he would notice me. He never did ask me out, but I got the job and fell in love with the microphone. TLM: What was the standout high, and low, during your radio career? DS: Both came in the same week. A major Houston radio station offered to move me to overnights, or buy out my contract. I took the buy-out and called my dream station KLOL, where I had applied numerous times before. Right place, right time… they had just fired a DJ. I stayed 16 years.

DS: We couldn't come to an agreement on maternity leave and a new contract. It just wasn't cool to be pregnant then. I was terrified—radio was all I had done since I was 17. Turns out, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. TLM: How did you find the courage to put yourself out there during your mother's Alzheimer's journey? DS: It wasn't courage—I was actually a coward. I was scared to have to say 100 times, "Mom has Alzheimer's." Facebook was the way out. Then people started to tell me their stories, and we became a community. TLM: How are you continuing the journey? DS: Educating as many people as I can that this is not a senior issue. It is going to affect all of us in one way or another. And, it is going to create one of the worst financial crises this country has ever seen if people don't start saving for retirement. Families need to talk not only about money, but future wishes: where to live, how to pay for care, what sort of care, etc. I am forcing those conversations.

Dayna Steele's Alzheimer's Survival List Exercise Don’t stress Get good sleep Meditate Keep learning new, complicated things Get long-term care insurance Have additional savings Have “The Talk” with your family* Join the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch When you've done all that, open a bottle of wine, laugh, love and live your life.

* Find a Family Talk template at DAYNASTEELE.COM

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Two chefs from each major city in the state come together in Dallas to highlight the biggest and best of Texas cuisine at October’s Park & Palate. Friday’s kick-off to this weekend celebration of the region’s most popular chefs, wineries, breweries and spirits features Chef Dean Fearing of Dallas, and his all-chef band, The Barbwires.

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Explore Chicago’s softer side by strolling through the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s enchanting gardens, opened in the late 1880s as an escape from the ill effects of industrialization as Chicago’s population exploded. Today, the soaring glass house in this haven showcases exotic orchids, fragrant flowers, ferns and palms from around the world. Head to the online magazine for more.—JS

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London's King of Swing

How does a Brit, who spent his teenage years living in the Tower of London, and then turned to a career in hairdressing (including a stint with Vidal Sassoon), come to have a regular toe-tappin’ Thursday night gig at Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke honky tonk? Read award-winning Tony Harrison’s story in the online magazine.

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Find these stories and more at: TEXASLIFESTYLEMAGAZINE.COM She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain

Up-and-coming Texas songwriters were having a tough time competing with Nashville until Pitt Garrett took matters into his own hands. The brainchild of Garrett, KNVA’s "Songwriters Across Texas" is now in its fourth year, providing emerging songwriters with a platform to share their music, be discovered, and tell their story. Read the online magazine for the full story of this remarkable turnaround.

Takeout + Wine = The Perfect Pairing

W h a t ’s m i s s i n g f ro m t h e booming food truck and takeout food experience? Wine! Now, Charles Smith, a former rock band manager turned winemaker who excels at finding the best affordable wine for portable food, can help you select perfect wines to drink while eating some of Texas’ favorite dishes from your couch.

Lone Star Le Mans

COTA’s twist on the world’s greatest endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, returns to Central Texas September 1517, including its only night race to finish under the stars, topped off with a dazzling fireworks show. You’ll have a front row seat courtesy of top racing photographer James Stacy’s coverage in the online magazine. Photo by James Stacy


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SaulPaul: WHO I AM A Musician with a Message


n experience. This is what SaulPaul strives to deliver as he combines a unique blend of rapping, singing and storytelling with a side of guitar. "Acoustic hip-hop" it’s called. It’s different, it’s fresh, and one of the several reasons that this musician with a message finds himself on stages not only across Texas, but the world. Here, he discusses the influences that have shaped his career.

As told to Leeza Dennis

What motivates me is knowing that I'm not just living a

successful life but a life of significance. My personal mission statement is 'Entertain, Inspire and Empower.' When I'm doing that, I'm motivated.


I was born in Houston, but I live in Austin. Houston raised me,

but Austin made me. Houston gave me my worldview and sense of style but Austin gave me a love for live music and they gave me a day. The City of Austin proclaimed June 12th SaulPaul Day. I was born in H-Town but musically birthed in the ATX. I’m a musician with a message because I'm as passionate

about inspiring and empowering people as I am about writing and performing songs. If I only do one, I feel incomplete. When I do both, I feel like I'm creating destiny. I just let my music be music. I want it to be good music and

touch people. My music is my personal expression. My music is my art and heart exposed. My music conveys me. But I also create a world around my music. That world is composed of books, movies, mobile gaming apps and music videos. Art inspired by art. I want the world around my music to convey that making your dreams a reality is possible. I call it "dreaming in 3D."

and family. Professionally? I'd have to start with graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Other highlights are starting a successful record label and touring the world. Performing at two different TEDx Talks. Writing a song for Honey Bunches of Oats and starring in the commercial. Winning an Austin Music Award. Starring in the mobile gaming app SaulPaul: Dream in 3D! Having an album that was up for consideration for a Grammy. And getting my first book published: Dream in 3D. Favorite things to do in Austin are Rudy's BBQ , Gordough's

Donuts, movies and live music.

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The most important moments in my life involve my friends


Celebrate Texas Wine Month Putting Texas on the Winemaking Map Three generations of the Kuhlken-Osterberg family, Texas winemakers


he Kuhlken-Osterberg family—as owners and operators of both Pedernales Cellars and Armadillo’s Leap Winery—is at the forefront of the rapidly growing Texas wine industry. For Fredrik Osterberg, it’s like Napa in the 1970’s. "We love to see Texans embrace Texas wine. We also love that non-Texans come and are blown away by the quality of the wines and the beauty of the landscape.” David Kuhlken, winemaker for both Pedernales Cellars and Armadillo’s Leap Winery, says it took Texas wineries a while to discover which grapes work best. “When my parents planted Kuhlken Vineyards in 1995, they planted Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  But Texas is a whole other country from California.  We now grow primarily Tempranillo and other Mediterranean varieties.” On the heels of the success of Pedernales Cellars wines, winning double golds at international and national wine competitions, the family decided to create Armadillo’s Leap. “On our Pedernales labels it says, ‘A sixth generation family brings a taste of the Old World into the New with its Spanish and Rhone style wines,’” explains Julie Kuhlken. “Armadillo’s Leap is our chance to embrace the New World spirit of experimentation with fruit driven varietals and non-traditional blends.” Two words sum up the Texas wine industry, says Julie, current president of the Texas Hill Country Wineries Association. “True pioneers. Just like when our ancestors were settling Texas, there is a lot of camaraderie in the face of challenges in the Texas Wine industry” For winemaker David the two words are “vintage driven. Every growing season is unique in Texas. And it shows in the wines.” Osterberg opts for “emerging benchmark,” adding,  “If you haven’t tried Texas Tempranillo or Texas Viognier yet, it is time.” Armadillo's Leap Winery ( is located at 6266 East US-290 in Fredericksburg and Pedernales Cellars (www. is located at 2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall.


SARAH SHARP: WHO I AM Southern Songstress As told to Leeza Dennis


n the frontier of jazz stands the sultry Sarah Sharp, a singersongwriter described by many as the Texan Billie Holiday. Sharp is also half of the pop duo Kaliyo and a former Jitterbug Viper, the Austin jazz band led by Slim Richey. However, she’s more than her jazzy roots. This poetic soul seeks to branch out further, and invites all of Texas to join her on her journey I am a mother, singer, songwriter, wife, friend, daughter and

fifth-generation Texan.

I grew up in Houston's West University. I went to Lamar High

School and was also an exchange student in Caracas, Venezuela. I went to college in Boston and lived in London, England for two years before settling in Austin. My musical style is most easily categorized as jazz. I can happily

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sing jazz standards all night, but I write most of the material I play, even for shows at Austin's Elephant Room. When we play the Continental Club, we lean more into the roots, and a bit of country. When we play Stay Gold, we get more experimental and pull out some of my pop material. I'm versatile, but there's an undercurrent of swing in most of what I perform. My favorite thing to do in Austin is SUP. I stand-up

paddleboard every chance I get. I grew my first tomatoes and a few other veggies this year and I want to grow a lot more food. I spend the majority of my free moments on my front porch swing, whether I’m visiting with someone, writing or reading. I have a relationship with a fox in my neighborhood in East Austin. He often shows up when I’m on my swing at night. Some of the most important moments in my life were when

I gave birth. I got really good at it by the third time. This past year has been the most significant for me spiritually. When Slim Richey died, I felt the loss so deeply and for so long that I finally realized that it wasn’t just about losing Slim. His death kicked me into a higher level of awareness, and into processing a lot of other trauma that I didn’t realize I was carrying around.

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The astonishing speed of the years racing by motivates

me to live, love, and laugh hard right now. So many things inspire me: travel, nature, good wine. There was a morning last April when Austin had a newsworthy low level of humidity. That crisp spring morning smell took me to everywhere I’ve traveled—and the limitless places I might still go—all in an instance. I just boo-hooed at the beauty. I can bliss-out over the simplest things these days. SARAHSHARP.COM

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