Interviews

Action Jackson

Action Jackson

THE ROAD to Jackson Ampworks’ headquarters in Keller, Texas, is under construction. It is a nuisance, but the project - and the town itself - offers a fitting parallel to the trajectory of the boutique amp shop coming off its most successful summer to date. Keller is a community just north of Fort Worth that is outgrowing its infrastructure at an alarming rate. In 2009, it was ranked seventh in Money Magazine’s list of best cities to live in the United States.  more...
Sweet Caroline

Sweet Caroline

HOUSED in a tech incubator not far from the University of South Carolina campus in downtown Columbia is Caroline Guitar Co. - the boutique effects pedal manufacturer led by the enthusiastic and gregarious Philippe Herndon.  more...
David Grissom: Goin’ Way Down Deep

David Grissom: Goin’ Way Down Deep

Rolling west on Highway 71 about forty-five minutes outside of Austin, Texas, you might miss the sign directing you to the Hill Country hamlet of Spicewood. Tucked back just off the highway to the north, the Burnett County community is just big enough to support a library, post office and a few other essentials. What you likely wouldn’t miss is the town’s main attraction - a roadside beef and rib ‘destination’ called Opie’s Barbecue. While only in existence since 1999, Opie’s quickly outgrew its more modest accommodations and now resides in a multi-thousand square foot dining hall configuration that is part West Texas ranch and part grandma’s porch with all of the appointments of the former and comfort of the latter.  more...