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Matt Alpert, Managing Editor of Wide Open Country, explores the wide world of country music with help from musicians, songwriters and celebrity guests.

Latest Episodes

Bill Carter Talks Songwriter Life, Playing Merle Haggard Tunes with Keith Richards

E(Click the player above to listen) Bill Carter is one of thosesongwriterswho other songwriters go to for wisdom. After more than 40 years,he's stilldriven to craft songs that last,songs thathave "penetrating magic in the imagination." His songs have recordedbeen recorded by a number of music icons, includingStevie Ray Vaughan("Crossfire"), John Mayall,Waylon Jennings("Jacksboro Highway") The Fabulous […]

64 MIN2017 OCT 6
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Bill Carter Talks Songwriter Life, Playing Merle Haggard Tunes with Keith Richards

Vandoliers' Josh Fleming on Punk Beginnings, Playing D&D with the Old 97's

EOur guest today is Joshua Fleming of Vandoliers, one of our Bands to Watchin2017. The Texas-based outfit traditional country music conventions with the energy of punk. That potent mixture stems from Fleming, the band's core songwriter -- and a prolific one at that. In less than two years, Vandoliers have released two albums, 2016'sAmeri-Kindaand the […]

45 MIN2017 AUG 3
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Vandoliers' Josh Fleming on Punk Beginnings, Playing D&D with the Old 97's

Paul Nipper on the Chance Encounter That Got Him Started in Texas Country

EAlabaman turned Texan Paul Nipper is one of the up-and-coming country artists in the Austin music scene. Earlier this year, we named him one of our Artists to Watch. Fans who appreciate road-weathered songwriters of the 70s, like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, will find something both familiar and fresh in his music. Several […]

45 MIN2017 JUL 27
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Paul Nipper on the Chance Encounter That Got Him Started in Texas Country

Brandon Rhyder Talks Family Life on the Road, Stories Behind Biggest Hits

EThe Wide Open Country Podcast is back in action. Wewill have new episodes rolling out every Thursday. Check in each week to hear new conversations and performances with emerging and legacy country artists from all across the world ofcountry music. We're kicking off this season with Brandon Rhyder, a veteran of the Texas country music […]

60 MIN2017 JUL 20
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Brandon Rhyder Talks Family Life on the Road, Stories Behind Biggest Hits

Ep. 31 The Steel Wheels

EThe Steel Wheels are an Americana group from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Their new album,Wild As We Came Here, is out this Friday (May 5). Their music fuses the spirit of Appalachian mountain music with elements of modern Americana.Rich harmonies and impeccable musicianship form the core of every song they play. I caught […]

38 MIN2017 MAY 2
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Ep. 31 The Steel Wheels

Ep. 30 Curtis Grimes

ECurtis Grimes is a country artist from Texasand a seasonone contestant onThe Voice.Grimes has released four studio albums, including his recent projectUndeniably Country. Grimes grew up in Gilmer, a small town in northeastTexas that has produced Eagles co-founder Don Henley, blues legend Freddie King, Johnny Mathis and others. There must be something in the water […]

47 MIN2017 APR 25
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Ep. 30 Curtis Grimes

Ep. 29 Drugstore Gypsies

EThe Drugstore Gypsies are a Southern band from East Texas.They recently released their debut album, and are currently tour Texas and the Southwest region. The group is heavily inspired by the rock groups of the 1970s and 80s, mainly the Eagles and Rolling Stones. Those two groups provide the inspiration for the backbone of their […]

35 MIN2017 APR 18
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Ep. 29 Drugstore Gypsies

Ep. 28 Cody Sparks

ECody Sparks is an emerging Texas country artist. He leads the Cody Sparks Band, a three-piece outfit based out of Austin. Anewcomer to the scene, Sparks is steadily rising in a notoriously difficult business to navigate. He credits his success so far to advice from the masters of this business, guys like Aaron Watson. His […]

44 MIN2017 APR 4
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Ep. 28 Cody Sparks

Ep. 27 Jeremy Steding

EJeremy Steding has been a fixture of the Texas country music scene for a nearly a decade. He recently debuted his new album, Odessa, a collection of songs thatSteding says are his best to date. He is currently on tour through the Lone Star State. We caught up with him and his band, The Rebellion, […]

52 MIN2017 MAR 21
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Ep. 27 Jeremy Steding

Episode 26: Aaron McDonnell

EAaron McDonnell is a country artist from Oregon who has relocated to Austin, Texas. He performs around the Lone Star State with his wife Dani McDonnell and their band, the Neon Eagles. McDonnell's music is inspired by various forms of traditional country music and the Northwest's brooding singer-songwriters. On today's episode, we talk about McDonnell's […]

39 MIN2017 MAR 14
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Episode 26: Aaron McDonnell
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Latest Episodes

Bill Carter Talks Songwriter Life, Playing Merle Haggard Tunes with Keith Richards

E(Click the player above to listen) Bill Carter is one of thosesongwriterswho other songwriters go to for wisdom. After more than 40 years,he's stilldriven to craft songs that last,songs thathave "penetrating magic in the imagination." His songs have recordedbeen recorded by a number of music icons, includingStevie Ray Vaughan("Crossfire"), John Mayall,Waylon Jennings("Jacksboro Highway") The Fabulous […]

64 MIN2017 OCT 6
Comments
Bill Carter Talks Songwriter Life, Playing Merle Haggard Tunes with Keith Richards

Vandoliers' Josh Fleming on Punk Beginnings, Playing D&D with the Old 97's

EOur guest today is Joshua Fleming of Vandoliers, one of our Bands to Watchin2017. The Texas-based outfit traditional country music conventions with the energy of punk. That potent mixture stems from Fleming, the band's core songwriter -- and a prolific one at that. In less than two years, Vandoliers have released two albums, 2016'sAmeri-Kindaand the […]

45 MIN2017 AUG 3
Comments
Vandoliers' Josh Fleming on Punk Beginnings, Playing D&D with the Old 97's

Paul Nipper on the Chance Encounter That Got Him Started in Texas Country

EAlabaman turned Texan Paul Nipper is one of the up-and-coming country artists in the Austin music scene. Earlier this year, we named him one of our Artists to Watch. Fans who appreciate road-weathered songwriters of the 70s, like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, will find something both familiar and fresh in his music. Several […]

45 MIN2017 JUL 27
Comments
Paul Nipper on the Chance Encounter That Got Him Started in Texas Country

Brandon Rhyder Talks Family Life on the Road, Stories Behind Biggest Hits

EThe Wide Open Country Podcast is back in action. Wewill have new episodes rolling out every Thursday. Check in each week to hear new conversations and performances with emerging and legacy country artists from all across the world ofcountry music. We're kicking off this season with Brandon Rhyder, a veteran of the Texas country music […]

60 MIN2017 JUL 20
Comments
Brandon Rhyder Talks Family Life on the Road, Stories Behind Biggest Hits

Ep. 31 The Steel Wheels

EThe Steel Wheels are an Americana group from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Their new album,Wild As We Came Here, is out this Friday (May 5). Their music fuses the spirit of Appalachian mountain music with elements of modern Americana.Rich harmonies and impeccable musicianship form the core of every song they play. I caught […]

38 MIN2017 MAY 2
Comments
Ep. 31 The Steel Wheels

Ep. 30 Curtis Grimes

ECurtis Grimes is a country artist from Texasand a seasonone contestant onThe Voice.Grimes has released four studio albums, including his recent projectUndeniably Country. Grimes grew up in Gilmer, a small town in northeastTexas that has produced Eagles co-founder Don Henley, blues legend Freddie King, Johnny Mathis and others. There must be something in the water […]

47 MIN2017 APR 25
Comments
Ep. 30 Curtis Grimes

Ep. 29 Drugstore Gypsies

EThe Drugstore Gypsies are a Southern band from East Texas.They recently released their debut album, and are currently tour Texas and the Southwest region. The group is heavily inspired by the rock groups of the 1970s and 80s, mainly the Eagles and Rolling Stones. Those two groups provide the inspiration for the backbone of their […]

35 MIN2017 APR 18
Comments
Ep. 29 Drugstore Gypsies

Ep. 28 Cody Sparks

ECody Sparks is an emerging Texas country artist. He leads the Cody Sparks Band, a three-piece outfit based out of Austin. Anewcomer to the scene, Sparks is steadily rising in a notoriously difficult business to navigate. He credits his success so far to advice from the masters of this business, guys like Aaron Watson. His […]

44 MIN2017 APR 4
Comments
Ep. 28 Cody Sparks

Ep. 27 Jeremy Steding

EJeremy Steding has been a fixture of the Texas country music scene for a nearly a decade. He recently debuted his new album, Odessa, a collection of songs thatSteding says are his best to date. He is currently on tour through the Lone Star State. We caught up with him and his band, The Rebellion, […]

52 MIN2017 MAR 21
Comments
Ep. 27 Jeremy Steding

Episode 26: Aaron McDonnell

EAaron McDonnell is a country artist from Oregon who has relocated to Austin, Texas. He performs around the Lone Star State with his wife Dani McDonnell and their band, the Neon Eagles. McDonnell's music is inspired by various forms of traditional country music and the Northwest's brooding singer-songwriters. On today's episode, we talk about McDonnell's […]

39 MIN2017 MAR 14
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Episode 26: Aaron McDonnell
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