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Songwriting is a chicken-or-the-egg situation. Do you write the lyrics first or the music? Do you write a song you think people want to hear or do you write what you feel? Do you try to fit the mold or do your own thing?

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Ben Laskoskie has been a regular performer at all the haunts in the Washington County area for three years. He is from Round Top and moved to Brenham was he was 19 years old. Now 22, he has fashioned himself into a one-man band and plans to continue the do-it-yourself mentality as he starts …

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There are plans aplenty in Ben Laskoskie’s head. He just bought new computer software so he can record his own music. While he’s learning the bells and whistles of the program, he thought he might as well produce an old school mixtape of rap songs.

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D.A. Pennebaker is considered the godfather of rock and roll documentaries. He set a new standard for documentary filmmaking when he chronicled Bob Dylan’s tour of the United Kingdom in 1965. The resulting film, “Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back,” was unlike anything audiences had ever seen.

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Julia Hatfield is just 20 years old and she already has a song on the Texas country music regional charts. Her hit “Hopeless Romantic” rose to No. 20 after its release last year and she’s been touring the state to support her full-length album of the same name.

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The Mighty Orq is a blues and roots musician from Houston who is a wizard on the guitar — in fact, a myriad of guitars. We caught up with him at Home Sweet Farm in downtown Brenham for an interview.

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On a Sunday night about four years ago in a roadside bar near a roadside motel in Jackson, Mississippi, a blues guitarist from Houston was having a drink. He struck up a conversation with a fella in the bar and was invited to play the next night at a little spot down the road.

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Mason Lankford had barely settled into his room at the Flora and Fauna Hotel in Wimberley when lead guitarist Caleb Pace rushed in.

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Shane Cooley isn’t from Texas, but it’s probably fair to say that he has adopted Texas and Texas has adopted him. The state, and Austin in particular, has an allure that he couldn’t ignore after his first visit in 2010.

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It’s been seven years since Abigail Taylor picked up her first guitar. Her father, Zach, taught her a couple chords when she was eight years old and growing up in Houston. She used to wander around the house singing and the natural next step was to grab an instrument.

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What are the advantages of starting your career in a place like Brenham?

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“I read somewhere ... that it’s not how much you know, it’s how well you treat each other. That’s what the band is about. That’s our philosophy.” — Albert Kitowski