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Meredith Rainey



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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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 ...

Play it again Radney!

Radney Foster pays homage to fans by reinventing freshman solo record

By Meredith Rainey

Twenty years after releasing his first solo album, Radney Foster is a little grayer, a little wiser and, by his own evaluation, a better musician and songwriter.   Earlier this year ...

Hidden Austin

Step inside Donn's Depot, historic Austin nightclub reminiscent of the good ol' days

By Meredith Rainey

If there's ever been a place in Austin where everyone knows your name, it's Donn's Depot. I discovered this expansive, albeit quaint, haunt by accident about five ...

new beginnings

Ruby Jane graduates high school, prepares to tour in support of new CD

By Meredith Rainey

Music fans have watched Ruby Jane Smith grow up over the years. Now, the 17-year-old Austin-based singer, songwriter and musician is a high school graduate, releasing a new CD and ...

rock ‘n’ roll royalty

Million Dollar casting call to rock Austin

By Meredith Rainey

If your lip has a natural quiver, your body a natural swagger or you have fire in your fingertips when it comes to playing piano, here’s your chance to ...

quick change

Backstage at Les Mis: Buttons, clasps and clips keep costumes intact

By Meredith Rainey

I have a hard enough time getting one three-year-old dressed in the morning — I can’t imagine having to keep track of one thousand wardrobe pieces every day for 38 ...

big small town music

Fifth annual Lone Star Jam celebrates Texas Twang

By Meredith Rainey

If you weren’t watching where you were going at the Lone Star Jam at the LBJ Library lawn at UT Saturday, you could have been run over by two ...

expressing gratitude

Soldier Songs: Free music program gives voice to veterans and active military

By Meredith Rainey

They’ve faced grave danger while protecting the freedom of the United States of America. Now some soldiers are tackling a new challenge here at home: learning to play the ...

Girls rock!

Chicks, chords and chardonnay: How all girl music classes are turnin’ mama hens into songbirds

By Meredith Rainey

You can’t participate unless you are over 21 and female. The over 21 part is for good reason — the first thing you hear when you walk in the door ...

Mary Poppins

Austin ex-pat Case Dillard is Poppin’ back into town in iconic role

By Meredith Rainey

“I was six years old and I wanted to learn to dance like Michael Jackson. I thought I’d be the coolest kid in school if I could do the ...

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