Posts by Steve Wildsmith

MusiCares offers a lifeline to recovery for artists and industry types who find themselves struggling with addiction

Past Stevie Ray Vaughan Award recipients, from left, Alice Cooper (2008), Ozzy Osbourne (2014), Smokey Robinson (2016) and James Hetfield (2006). (Photo courtesy of Images) In his 2000 memoir “On Writing,” novelist Stephen King detailed his battle with addiction and alcoholism, spending several paragraphs on the propensity of artists, musicians and writers to travel…

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Addiction took ‘Texas’ Joe Bailey to prison, but God and recovery gave him his freedom and renewed his career

Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say, and singer-songwriter “Texas” Joe Bailey is living proof. His songs are big, the sort of shack-shaking honky-tonk boot-stompers that send sawdust-devils across the dance floor. His past is big and includes a penitentiary stint resulting from three DUI arrests. And his recovery is big, grounded in a mighty faith…

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