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joshua ray walkerAs he prepares to take the stage at beloved Dallas listening room the Kessler, country artist Joshua Ray Walker is feeling terrible. Sipping a Topo Chico in the green room of his hometown’s venue, he’s sweaty and a little shaky—the side effects of a chemotherapy treatment completed just five days earlier. But, dressed in all black save for a pair of purple Lisa Frank Crocs, the 33-year-old Walker is getting ready to get onstage, nausea be damned. This Monday night show in June is Walker’s fifth consecutive monthly performance at the Kessler, all of which have sold out within days. Many audience members—childhood friends of Walker’s; fans who’ve been watching him play since he was performing for tiny crowds in Deep Ellum clubs—come back every single…

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