Music: In the Heart of Honky-Tonk Rock

Going back to the basics in Austin

Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas

Waylon and Willie and the boys

Jerry Jeff Walker, one of the hard-drinking boys, takes the stage and barrels into a country rocker titled Gettin' By. Almost immediately a fistfight breaks out in one corner of the auditorium; dancing bursts out in another. Midway through Walker's set the pedal steel-guitar player takes over with a whining rendition of Dixie, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and America the Beautiful The crowd of 1,500 cheers, hoisting half-empty Lone Star beers toward the stage. Walker...

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