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Most Texans have likely experienced some hardship because of the pandemic. But it's hit some harder than others, including those who've actually had COVID-19.

Ray Benson is a guitar player, singer and frontman for the band Asleep at the Wheel, and he has recovered from the disease. He told Texas Standard host David Brown on Thursday that it took a toll, but he's feeling better.

"You can't really have a concert if you can't have an audience," David Roode muses.

His career as a concert trombonist in Cincinnati went abruptly on hold when stay-at-home orders took effect in March.

"I had months of gigs that were just canceled."

Roode and his wife, a concert pianist, have done some recording while on lockdown in Cincinnati. And they've tapped into savings they typically rely on during the slower summer months.

A "For The Taking" box in Southtown.
Ethel Shipton

The coronavirus crisis recently inspired a San Antonio artist to build something practical to help any neighbors in need. 


April 22 is Earth Day around the world, and Kacey Musgraves is celebrating with new music. Sort of: Early Wednesday morning, she released "Oh, What A World 2.0" — a reworked version of a song from 2018's Golden Hour — on her YouTube channel, alongside a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund.

At least initially, Musgraves peels off some of the instrumentation from the album version, and sings the opening verse — which is most directly about natural wonder — over a simple finger-picked guitar accompaniment.

Courtesy photo

Since mid-March, the clubs and performance halls have been silent, and musicians are adjusting to life at home.

You can now watch Austin City Limits concerts, from this season's shows to years past.
Courtesy of Austin City Limits

Updated Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

Bored at home? Have you already checked our list of things you can do this week? No problem. We've got a few more ideas of things you can listen to:

Ty Zhang plays the guitar at San Antonio International Airport as port of the airport's SAT Live programming.
Courtesy San Antonio International Airport.

As the world of live music has been shut down due to shelter-in-place, there are no venues for local musicians to play. But there’s one place that’s encouraging live performance to continue. And it’s from a place you might not expect: the San Antonio International Airport.

Betsy Newman Photography

This is the week that Fiesta would have begun, were it not for COVID-19. But as it turns out, the show will, in a sense, go on. The Fiesta Commission's Amy Shaw lays it out.


Host Robin Young speaks with author Elizabeth Wetmore about her new novel “Valentine.” The book explores the ramifications of a brutal attack in Odessa, Texas, in the mid-1970s.

Book Excerpt: ‘Valentine’

By Elizabeth Wetmore

© Marco Borggreve

Anton Diabelli may not have been a very prolific composer, but as a music publisher by trade, he turned out to be a savvy businessman. In 1819, he wrote a short 32-bar waltz and invited composers far and wide to write variations on his little melody. Fifty-one responded, and Diabelli eventually published two anthologies of variations under the title Vaterländischer Künstlerverein (“Patriotic Association of Artists”).

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