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During a family visit to east Texas, Amy LaVere takes target practice on a remote, tree-laden patch of her father's land.

Photo by Alan Spearman

During a family visit to east Texas, Amy LaVere takes target practice on a remote, tree-laden patch of her father's land.

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  • Valerie June drifts through cypress trees at Horseshoe Lake on a summer day. Her folk music conjures themes of freedom and loss, drawing on June's journey from Jackson, Tenn. to a new life in Memphis.
  • Jack Yarber is happiest when he allows himself to be a conduit for music. A recent performance at the Hi-Tone Cafe drew a faithful crowd.
  • During a family visit to east Texas, Amy LaVere takes target practice on a remote, tree-laden patch of her father's land.
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  • Kate Crowder enjoys family time on her Midtown lawn.  As the mother of two, full time teacher, and rock musician she rarely gets a break.
  • Harlan T. Bobo theorizes that love is a biologial con game.
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  •  Rapper Al Kapone is committed to teaching his teenage son A.J.(left) to successfully navigate through life and the music business.
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