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Review: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry share a stage at intimate London gig Special

English singer/songwriter Bragg and American folk musician Henry played songs off their forthcoming collaboration — as well as some of their solo material — to around 100 fans at St. Pancras Old Church in London.

Singer Mark Chesnutt keeps things traditional on his latest album Special

Released earlier this month, some critics are already hailing the country star's first album in six years as one of his best. He talked to Digital Journal about the project and shared his thoughts on the music he loves.

Jon Pardi: Basking in the glory of his first number one album Special

That album is 'California Sunrise,' given a glowing review by Digital Journal upon its release back in June. We spoke to the 31-year-old Californian about the record and about what he's up to for the rest of 2016.

Mark Wills to join other country stars for benefit concert Special

'Stars Behind the Stars: A Benefit for the Blue' is a charity fundraiser set to raise money for the Dallas Police Association's Assist the Officer Foundation, following the recent killing of five police officers in the city.

Review: Mark Chesnutt returns with new album 'Tradition Lives'

It's been a while since the Texan country star released an album (it was 2010's 'Outlaw', in case you're wondering), but now's he back with a new effort celebrating his honky tonk roots.

Man pays traffic fine with thousands of pennies

Frisco - Brett Sanders, of Frisco Texas, had to pay a $220 speeding ticket, which he did. However, he chose to pay with more than 20,000 pennies.

Twisted J Apparel's Cody Johnson, a clothing entrepreneur Special

The successful businessman, based in Stephenville, Texas, recently staged the 'Steven Tyler...Out On a Limb' benefit concert alongside the Aerosmith singer. He told all to Digital Journal.

An exchange of dialogue with up and coming actor Colton Tapp Special

The Texas born actor, writer and model - raised on a cattle ranch in Dallas - has a number of projects already out and more in the pipeline. He spoke to Digital Journal.

Texas floods 'kill at least five'

Washington - Flooding in and around the US city of Houston has killed at least five people and prompted mass rescues, reports said.

Fracking puts 7.9 million people at risk of man-made earthquakes

Oklahoma City - About 7.9 million people are now at risk from man-made earthquakes, especially in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas according to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report issued earlier this week.

TX congressman wants magic to be recognized as national treasure

Texas congressman Pete Sessions, a Republican, doesn't believe in global warming and doesn't like big government. But he does like magic.

Singer Jae Franklin releases new solo single 'Weary' Special

Back in school, Jae and her sister were in a band called 'Girls Tyme' with classmates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Digital Journal asked the Houston-born star about her new single and about her memories of that time.

Texas health official forced out after Planned Parenthood study

Austin - A top health official in Texas is stepping down after co-authoring a study that angered Republican leaders because it suggested cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting women's access to healthcare statewide.

Op-Ed: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and the art of being pathetic

The nutballs on the GOP side of the 2016 race for the presidency do not fill me with hope. That's especially true for Rafael "Ted" Cruz who seems so disconnected from reality that someone has to grab him out of the air.

Dr. Om Prakash: Psychologist and ex-freedom fighter Special

The renowned, U.S.-based psychologist, author and business and life coach had plenty to say to Digital Journal about his current work and his role in the Indian Independence Movement under Mahatma Gandhi 70 years ago.

'GoFundMe' shuts down Tennessee woman's campaign for lottery loss

Cordova - A Tennessee woman who launched a web crowdfunding campaign to make back money she lost on last week's $1.5 billion Powerball drawing has had her fundraising project shut down.

Power company keeps billing homeowners whose house was destroyed

Dallas - It was a bad end of the year in Texas for tornadoes. One family near Dallas had a secondary problem — they kept getting billed by the power company even though their house has been destroyed.

Texas BBQ restaurant offering discount to people who bring guns

Houston - To celebrate the recent passage of open carry laws in the state of Texas, one barbecue restaurant owner is offering an incentive to customers who bring their firearms.

Reclaim states' rights, says Texas Governor Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants a convention of the states to convene to "restore the rule of law in America." The convention outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution has never been invoked.

Eight killed by Texas tornadoes

Dallas - The storms ravaging several U.S. states have claimed another eight victims, in Texas. The death toll now stands at 26 people.

Suspicious fire at mosque on Christmas Day

Houston - Investigators with the Houston Fire Department are investigating a possible case of arson at a mosque in southeast Houston on Christmas Day.

N.J. gas station keeps $3.98 gas price despite cheaper gas nearby

Voorhees - Residents of this New Jersey town are asking why one local gas station is charging $3.98 per gallon when other nearby stations, including one across the street, are charging $1.79. The $3.98 price at the Lukoil station has stayed the same since August.

Texas executes triple child killer

Washington - Texas executed Wednesday a death-row inmate who killed three children in a fire at their home, the youngest of whom was his baby daughter aged just one.Raphael Holiday's other two victims were his step-daughters, who were aged five and seven.

Authorities: Texas judge expected to survive Austin shooting

Austin - A Texas state presiding judge was shot and injured late Friday in a still unexplained attack in West Austin, authorities said Saturday.

Interview: Aaron Beavers, founding member of Shurman Special

Described as a "high-energy Austin Texas-based roots rock and country soul band," this fervent foursome, led by the singer, guitarist and primary songwriter mentioned above, are about to release a new album, their first since 2012.

Review: George Strait back with 'Cold Beer Conversation'

"King" George has released his first new studio album since 2013's "Love Is Everything," proving that despite giving up touring, his recorded output remains as prolific as ever.

Op-Ed: Baseball playoffs reveal pitfalls of over-reliance on technology

Toronto - If baseball was smart in the way Apple Computer and Barack Obama were smart, it would endeavor to ensure that the extraordinary opportunity presented by the events of October 2015 was not frittered away.

Shia LaBeouf arrested in Austin

Austin - Actor Shia LaBeouf, who has starred in movies such as 'Transformers,' 'Man Down' and 'Fury,' was arrested in Austin, Texas on Friday.

Billy Morrison: Interview with a stalwart of the L.A. rock scene Special

Aside from his "day job" as the rhythm guitarist in Billy Idol's band, this English-born musician is preparing to release his second solo album. He also does a bit of painting and a bit of acting on the side. Digital Journal meets him.

'Good guy with gun' shoots carjacking victim in head, runs off

Houston - A "good guy with a gun" attempted to stop a carjacking Saturday night and the whole thing went horribly wrong when he allegedly shot the pickup truck's owner in the head and then fled the scene, Houston police say.
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John F Kennedy's limousine in Dallas, Texas shortly before he was assassinated.
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