Thomas Mooney

Thomas Mooney is a freelance journalist and podcaster (New Slang) from the small Far West Texas town of Ft. Stockton. Currently residing in the Texas Panhandle hub of Lubbock, he enjoys comfortable denim shirts, long rural drives, Topo Chico, and Terry Allen and Turnpike Troubadours albums.

Bella White

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Bella White

By Thomas Mooney, February 1, 2021

Canadian singer-songwriter Bella White possesses an uncanny ability to capture the delicate nuances of heartache that’s often only mastered by veterans of the trade. Here she delves into the process behind her songwriting and how she navigates life's emotional journeys.

Triston Marez

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Triston Marez

By Thomas Mooney, April 12, 2021

"I'm not making anything because I want half a million streams on Spotify or want to be popular. I'm making music that I love to make" - Triston Marez discusses maturing as a songwriter, working with his icons and the resurgence of embracing traditional country roots.

Hailey Whitters

INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Hailey Whitters

By Thomas Mooney, June 3, 2021

We could happily put money on Hailey Whitters being just as much of an inspiration to new songwriters in the years to come as her choices for Cuts The Deepest are to her.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Charlie Marie

By Thomas Mooney, May 17, 2021

Sitting down to discuss her debut record Ramble On, Marie shares the relief felt in having the extra time to complete it the way she wanted, how traditional country allowed her to be her true self and how Westworld inspired one of her best songs.

Holler Country Music

ALBUM REVIEWJason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Reunions

By Thomas Mooney, December 18, 2020

Alongside familiar friends in The 400 Unit and producing prodigy Dave Cobb, Reunions is Jason Isbell’s most adventurous sonic palette to date.

Flatland Cavalry

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Flatland Cavalry

By Thomas Mooney, July 2, 2021

"Country is whatever you think it is. This is what it means to us."

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Dallas Burrow

By Thomas Mooney, July 26, 2021

Burrow’s conviction is earnest and heartfelt throughout, and as we sit down to discuss his new self-titled sophomore album, it’s obvious that isn’t just evident within the artist, but the person as well.


INTERVIEWIntroducing: Tiera

By Thomas Mooney, March 15, 2021

It’s clear that for the young singer-songwriter Tiera, optimism is one of her strong suits - and it’s what makes much of her budding song catalog so undeniably intoxicating.

Holler Country Music

LIVE REVIEWThe Panhandlers at Billy Bob's Texas

By Thomas Mooney, December 23, 2020

Thomas Mooney captures The Panhandler's debut show at Billy Bob's Texas, October 2020

Holler Country Music

ALBUM REVIEWThe Secret Sisters - Saturn Return

By Thomas Mooney, December 18, 2020

Alabama duo Laura and Lydia Rogers channel soul straight from the heart on their fourth album - one full of celestial, hypnotic goodness.

Artist - Avett Brothers 1

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: The Avett Brothers

By Thomas Mooney, March 10, 2021

The Avett Brothers are trying to understand the world, and themselves, a little better - one song at a time.

Vincent Neil Emerson

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Vincent Neil Emerson

By Thomas Mooney, June 24, 2021

“Guys like me, we're trying to carry on the tradition of Texas folk music. I can't say whether I'm doing the best job of it or not, but I'm here doing it," Vincent Neil Emerson says. "I'm telling my truth to the world.”

Charley Crockett

LONG READWhy I Love: Charley Crockett On James 'Slim' Hand

By Thomas Mooney, February 26, 2021

With the release of his tribute album, 10 For Slim, Charley Crockett sits down with Thomas Mooney to discuss his love and admiration for idol, James 'Slim' Hand.

Morgan Wade

INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Morgan Wade

By Thomas Mooney, April 1, 2021

Morgan Wade lists some of her favorite songwriters and artists for Cuts The Deepest, expanding on how their catalogs have helped her process and address her own mental health, the various hurdles of doubt and hesitation in her budding career and where they all intertwine.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Midland

By Thomas Mooney, April 21, 2021

Lounging in the locker room of the Amarillo Minor League Baseball Field, Mark Wystrach ponders over the growth and maturity of his band, how his wife saved his life and how The Sonic Ranch made him crave the life they lead now.