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Meredith Rainey

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Meredith is a contributing writer focusing on entertainment and community.  She has more than 5 years of broadcast writing experience, working for an Austin news station.  Before moving to Austin from Canada, Meredith worked for a national TV station and spent more than 5 years as a senior marketing consultant for the Norwegian government.
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Disco Drag

Priscilla Queen of the Desert parades into Bass Hall with disco tunes and award-winning costumes

By Meredith Rainey

Do drag queens, a road trip to the Australian outback, more than 20 dance hits and hundreds of flamboyant costumes intrigue you? This is the formula for the feel-good Broadway ...


Texas Country

Randy Rogers Band drops new album Trouble ahead of headlining Lone Star Jam

By Meredith Rainey

Sharing a career and sharing a tour bus 200 days a year can result in some eerily similar ideas. “It was kind of creepy, but it’s the honest to ...


Lewis, Perkins, Cash & Presley

Million Dollar Quartet: The priceless event in rock 'n roll history bound for Bass Concert Hall

By Meredith Rainey

Sometimes it takes fate to create magic. On December 4, 1956, a spontaneous meeting of four rock 'n roll legends at Sun Records in Memphis resulted in a magical recording ...


SXSW buzz

SXSW interview: Elle King approaches her music career with a sense of humor

By Meredith Rainey

Elle King hasn’t had much time to rest during SXSW.  The up-and-coming singer with a raw sound that’s a mix of soul, blues, country and rock has a ...


Texas Heritage Songwriters

Remembering a legend: Darrell K Royal honored for his unending support of Texas songwriters

By Meredith Rainey

Few Texas legends are as loved as Coach Darrell K Royal. And few have loved Texas songwriters as much as "Coach." In addition to leading the University of Texas Longhorns ...


Unofficial SXSW

Heartbreaker Banquet returns with Hill Country reprieve during SXSW

By Meredith Rainey

Last year, hundreds of SXSW music fans reveled in the chance to stroll the main drag of Luck, Texas — Willie Nelson’s tiny western town in the Texas Hill Country ...


Texas Heritage Songwriters

An unscripted life: Roger Miller to be honored for prolific, humor-filled songwriting career

By Meredith Rainey

"One of a kind" is a phrase reserved for the likes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe — and Roger Miller. Though Roger Miller has been gone for two decades, the impact ...


cultural comedy

Comedian Russell Peters brings side-splitting standup show to Texas

By Meredith Rainey

If you are not familiar with Canadian comedian Russell Peters, you should be — he’s likely telling jokes about you. Well, maybe not you specifically, but he’s probably mercilessly ...


Music Matters

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis release first full-length collaboration, Cheater's Game

By Meredith Rainey

When you speak with Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, two things are clear: they have a deep love for one another and a profound respect for each other’s talents ...


festival fever

Lone Star Jam expands to two days, announces 2013 lineup

By Meredith Rainey

Every year, the Lone Star Jam attracts larger crowds and a more impressive list of performers. Last year’s headliners included Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue ...


fiddle found

Fiddler Ruby Jane Smith and old friend reunited one year after carjacking

By Meredith Rainey

Throughout life, we are often parted from friends, unsure if we will ever see them again. But Austin-based fiddler Ruby Jane Smith can attest that the time and distance that ...


Hakuna Matata

Costumes, makeup and puppetry combine to create Lion King magic in Austin

By Meredith Rainey

For nearly three decades, Gregory Young has been transforming performers into characters in theaters across the country. The former fashion student at Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan has been ...


female empowerment

Girl Scouts of Central Texas celebrates 100 years and allows girls to discover their potential

By Meredith Rainey

A lot about Girl Scouts' programming has changed over the past 100 years, but one thing has not: its mission. "The mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and ...


amp up

Revamped Arlyn Studios aims to make Austin the recorded Music Capital of the World

By Meredith Rainey

Ask any musician what matters most in a recording and they'll likely tell you quality. In an age when entire albums can be recorded on personal laptops, there's ...


dancing shoes

Award-winning teen dancer brings his happy feet to Austin in lead Billy Elliot role

By Meredith Rainey

Dreams can be inspired by unexpected things, including dancing penguins. Noah Parets says seeing the animated movie Happy Feet eventually led him to a lead role in the Broadway musical ...


Live Music Matters

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are ready to bring The Beat with all request shows at Stubb's

By Meredith Rainey

SXSW 2010. I headed to Antone's, eager to witness the live debut of Courtyard Hounds. Shortly after their set, I turned for the door. A man who'd been ...


tuned in, turned up

Austin native Suzanna Choffel lends her sound to The Voice

By Meredith Rainey

Reality TV talent shows serve as launching pads for many successful careers. Austin native Suzanna Choffel hopes being a contestant on The Voice this season will help expand her fan ...


Live Music Matters

Melissa Etheridge talks new music, memories and making her ACL Live debut

By Meredith Rainey

After 25 years of recording gutsy rock and roll, Melissa Etheridge's latest creative effort brings the trailblazing singer back in time — both in subject matter and in style. The ...


I wanna rock!

Rock of Ages resurrects the golden age of the hair band at the Long Center

By Meredith Rainey

It was the decade of hairspray-soaked teased hair, parachute pants and Pac-Man. Though it’s a fashion phase some would love to forget, if you find yourself particularly drawn to ...


Hotty Toddy!

Tailgating the southern way: A taste of game day at The Grove at Ole Miss

By Meredith Rainey

Oxford Mississippi’s official population is just over 19,000. But come Saturdays in the fall, what some might affectionately call a sleepy college town wakes up with a buzz ...


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