Live music by Texas artists is a cornerstone of Texas Reds. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, officials confirm that festival favorite Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Snake Farm,” “Screw You We’re from Texas”) will return for a performance on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, Texas Reds will welcome Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell. A native of Crosby, Texas, Crowell is best-known for his numerous country music hits including “After All This Time” and “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried.”
Friday Night Kick Off street dance: The Texas twisters!
starting at 8 pm at the intersection of Main st and 24th st! free!
Formed in December 1987, The Texas Twisters have been rockin' Bryan/College Station, TX and surrounding areas for over 27 years! Original founding member Wade Myatt (guitars/vocals) combines with former touring pros for Granger Smith, Ruthie Foster, Jerry Jeff Walker and more, Manny Lopez (bass/guitar/vocals), Mitch Connell (keyboards/bass/vocals) and Michael Holleman (drums/vocals) to drive the "Party Band of Aggieland". Voted The Eagle's 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014 Reader's Choice Award winner for "Best Local Band", The Texas Twisters play the best in classic rock, country, disco and soul. From George Strait to ZZ Top to KC and the Sunshine Band to AC/DC to Blink 182 to their own unique originals, the Twisters always provide a high-energy, fun and entertaining show for their loyal followers. Sporting a huge local following, their shows are always packed with loyal Twister friends and fans, ready to party and dance!
Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party.
The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new environment. Canada, Jeremy Plato, Chris Doege and Steve Littleton are reopening the doors to a sonic garage where sounds and stories some thought were gone for good are now being unleashed onto an eager public after a few years of fruitful – even risky -- artistic diversion.
Much about Uncle Lucius sets them apart. Five songwriters combining forces is neither common nor easy, but what each individual loses in pride the band more than gains in power. The song itself matters more than who wrote it, more than the genre to which it belongs. “It’s not about trying to write a certain kind of song,” says Galloway, “it’s about harvesting whatever song comes.”
Since his arrival as a solo artist in 1993, with his self-titled debut on Capricorn Records, Ian Moore’s journey has been one of perpetual forward motion and constant change. The record included the hits, “Satisfied” and “Blue Sky”, and even featured the track, “Harlem”, in which he made a video with rap icon, Ice Cube. Coming out of Austin, Texas, growing up sharing the stage with the likes of Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Albert King, Doug Sahm, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charlie Sexton, and Doyle Bramhall II, his first three major label efforts placed him in the blues rock lane that over time and that label didn’t sit entirely well with an artist with such vast influences and creative ideas. Internally, Austin was open-minded and filled with big ideas, but outside of town people had a monochromatic view, and all musical roads led to Stevie Ray Vaughan at that point in time.
“What’s so bad about happy?” John Fullbright sings on the opening track of his new album, ‘Songs.’ It’s a play on the writer’s curse, the notion that new material can only come through heartbreak or depression, that great art is only born from suffering. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.
If you ask Bri Bagwell where her current “home” is, you’ll most likely get a chuckle and a sigh. The Las Cruces, NM native will always be in love with her hometown, but she is in a 15-passenger white van or on an airplane more than she is anywhere else. The highway truly has become her home. With more than 120 tour dates per year, Miss Bagwell describes performing as her “ultimate passion” in
life. She also somehow finds the time to write for her publishing company (Sony ATV), by flying back and forth to Nashville during the weekdays for writing appointments. She started her band, awesomely entitled “The Banned”, in 2011 after a top 10 finish on CMT’s Next Superstar, a singing competition and reality show.
For The Nightowls, the process began with the release of their debut album, 'Good As Gold,' which took Texas by storm in 2014. The Austin Chronicle hailed it as "suave, energetic, blue-eyed soul" and named it one of the Top 10 of the year at the annual Austin Chronicle Music Awards, Austin Monthly named them a Band To Watch, and Texas Music Magazine called the album "a smooth addictive blend of pop, R&B and funk that will delight the band's dance-happy fans." They spent the next year bringing their ecstatic live show to stages around the country, including a triumphant hometown gig at the Austin City Limits Festival, and followed it up in 2015 with 'Fame Sessions,' recorded at the titular, iconic Muscle Shoals studio. That album earned the band serious national attention and love everywhere from The Atlantic and Southern Living to Relix and Pollstar, and it saw their lineup solidify into its current, electrifying status.
“I’m on a mission from God,” Taye Cannon deadpanned before breaking into laughter. “Well, maybe not exactly, but it kinda felt that way at first, and it still does sometimes.” Ok, so the Blues Brothers reference is a little cringe-worthy, but it’s an apt description for the path Cannon traveled assembling Austin-based ROXY ROCA, although the Blues Brothers story starts off in jail, and Taye’s starts in, well, Alabama. Close enough. “I grew up in the deep south immersed in my dad’s music — Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown. Basically, if it had a groove, my dad had it. When Motown 25 hit the TV it was all over — I knew this was what I wanted to do. I remember staying up all night with my cousins, emulating James Brown and Michael Jackson in our grandfather’s carport.”
Soul Track Mind has an original sound that blends soul, funk, and rock with elements of R&B, blues, and jazz, and a message of inspiration in the relentless pursuit of dreams. The project began in 2008 when front man Donovan Keith moved from Indiana to Austin, Texas, intent on starting a band rooted in the soul music he grew up listening to. Having never even been in a band, let alone led one, Donovan assembled STM’s initial lineup and logged an 18-month weekly residency at a down-home eastside juke joint before branching out to venues throughout Central Texas and the U.S. Over time, STM developed the one-of-a-kind, dance-infused stage show now loved by fans and acknowledged by reviewers across the country.
KP and the Boom Boom is reinventing soul for a new generation. Led by dynamic, UK-born front woman Kate Priestley (KP), the Austin-based band creates a highly innovative and instantly seductive future-soul sound, with hallmarks of R&B, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. KP and the Boom Boom's high-energy live performances are infectiously danceable and inspire even the stodgiest crowds to shake their moneymakers. The band performed at SXSW 2016 as an official showcasing artist and will release their debut album 'The Brave' this fall.
In a world full of singer-songwriters hawking their stories, David Ramirez has managed to stand out from the noise, developing a fiercely loyal following of fans who are drawn to his intimately personal songwriting. "When someone buys a record of mine, they're getting my life. They are essentially memoirs. They're going to know a little bit more about who I am."
The Docs are a conglomerate of talented musicians with the collective goal of creating a self-identifiable rock sound. Since its inception, the Docs have emerged out of College Station in grandiose fashion blending sounds and styles in an effort to re-envision rock and roll. Formed in 2010, The Docs have released a self-titled demo, a self produced EP "Seasons", and a debut LP “Audacious” produced by Grammy nominated producer Chris "Frenchie" Smith.
The Vandoliers' own lyrics, off the rollicking anthem “Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” tell you all you need to know - these guys are punks, but they’re also “Texan to a T”. They’re a bunch of tatooed bottom dollar boys making an honest racket for the common man. Armed with electric guitars, fiddles, trumpets and banjos, VANDOLIERS pump out an aggressive blend of alt-country, bluegrass, straight rock and even Tejano that’s “a little over-the-top, but delivered with a wink.”
In just three years Texas based singer – songwriter Austin Meade has become one of the most buzzed about up and comers in the Texas Country / Red Dirt scene and has continued to build a name for himself on the touring circuit as well. With influences coming from the blues and Americana worlds he has developed a unique sound and has caught the attention of radio programmers, venue owners and music fans all over Texas and beyond. Check out Austin' new record, tour schedule and any other info you need at www.austinmeade.com
Born and raised in Bryan/College Station, Texas, Katye Hamlin began playing the piano and singing from the age of four. As her love for music grew, so did her love for sports. As a teenager, Katye overcame two knee surgeries and earned a softball scholarship to pitch for Rutgers University. This time, career-ending injuries brought her back to Texas to finish her education in Austin. One morning of her senior year, Katye blacked-out and woke up to deep cuts on her face and a broken nose which was a result from a rare heart condition. Two nose surgeries later, and unable to sing for over twelve weeks, Katye's yearning to sing and perform again was too strong to ignore, After graduation, Katye worked for a couple TV stations: Fox 7 Austin and Dallas CW33. While in Dallas, she learned to play the guitar, which propelled her songwriting. After what she calls her “quarter-life” crisis, Katye left her great job to pursue music full-time.
Randy Pavlock is the epitome of Texas Blues/Rock. A very close friend, the late Buddy Miles, who worked with Hendrix, said “Randy reminds me of Hendrix and SRV with your own style!” Randy Pavlock easily breathes new life into the legend. Together with the band, Twenty Four Seven, this brilliant young guitar slinger delivers the very best in hard-driving, yet heartfelt original music similar to to likes of Kenney Wayne Shepherd, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Lang, SRV and, yes, Jimi Hendrix! Randy hails from the “Blues Capital of Texas,” Navasota, who proudly proclaims him a native son. Wise beyond his years, he has risen beyond musician status to become an entertainer. One who interacts with and relates to his audience, often sharing his thoughts about life.
Daniel Gonzales is a singer/songwriter based out of College Station, Texas. Daniel and his group of experienced musicians create an upbeat and energetic show that provides a memorable experience for every type of listener. Since his start in 2012, Daniel has shared the stage with Gungor, Graham Colton, Jay Nash, Matthew Mayfield, Nick Verzosa, Josh Grider, and many other artists. Daniel released his debut EP, The First 20, in 2014 and is currently in the studio working on a full length album.
Joey McGee is a Texas-based songwriter living in the Brazos Valley. A New Orleans native, his music is infused with a unique blend of soul, country, rock, blues - and a good dose Creole-Cajun spice! The songwriter performs both solo and with his band, and he is currently working on his third studio project - Terlingua Taproot - which is is due to be released in the Fall of 2016.
Through years of experience playing, writing, and composing, Jake Dexter has found his own unique style by using his skills as a keyboardist to mix spoken word poetry with live hip hop. With this, Jake released his debut album "Clockwork" in 2014 which brought such a buzz that Jake gained over 100,000 combined social media followers in just 14 months. Now with the release of his album "Echoes" which reached number #7 on the New Release Best Sellers iTune charts, Jake is starting to get more regional and national attention from radio stations, blogs, and Television outlets.
Steady Legend is a reggae/rock/funk/soul/swing band from Austin, Texas. Founded by lead singer Debora Otero and guitarist Michael Mancuso in 2011, the band’s chemistry is evident every time they hit the stage. Voted 3rd in the "None of the Above" category of the 2015 Austin Chronicle Poll's Best Performing Bands, few groups bring the kind of energy Steady Legend does to a live show. “When I met Deb, we started out with an acoustic guitar and a few lyrics scribbled down in a notebook.” Says guitarist Michael Mancuso. “She responded to a Craigslist ad I posted searching for horn players. I’m a former trombone player and I had some horn arrangements I wanted to turn into songs to start an instrumental group. From the moment we met we worked so well together. We sang together effortlessly, which made writing songs easy. All we want to do is write cool songs, make people dance, and most of all have fun."
Mama K & The Shades is an 11-piece band from Austin, TX. Combining the styles of funk, soul, R&B, jazz and many more to bring you a one of a kind party experience. Forming in the summer of 2014, Mama K & the Shades has quickly caught the attention of the local funk and party scene. Bringing high energy and funky grooves to their live performances that are sure to get your booty shakin'!
Edison Chair is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Austin, TX known for their high-energy performances, catchy songs, and smartly crafted harmonies. The band consists of Rachel Thompson and Ellen Gruber leading on vocals, Martin Aker on vocals and lead guitar, Wes Armstrong on drums/percussion, Wes Ballew on keys, and Jacob Draper on the bass. Their upcoming EP, We Got History, boasts upbeat pop tunes that share a common focus on songwriting. With multi-part harmonies and songs you'll be singing long after the show, Edison Chair has developed a sound that will be hard to forget. Imagine a less folky Fleetwood Mac, or the Heartbreakers fronted by Ann Wilson instead of Tom Petty, and you’ll have an approximation of Edison Chair’s sound.
Continental Drift is a powerful 10-piece band from Austin Texas that makes psychedelic Afro-centric funk music that people can't help but dance to. They take many of their musical cues from Nigerian icon Fela Kuti, Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke, classic Chicha bands from Peru, and many lesser known acts across Africa and Latin America that show up on compilations found digging through crates of vinyl at thrift stores and record shops (End of an Ear is a favorite for the band). But the influences definitely don't stop there. You'll hear psychedelic desert-music and surf-rock influences, some James Brown soul, a touch of Pink Floyd, and some serious Latin flavor coming from a musically and culturally diverse rhythm section.
Clint Tomerlin is a songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. He was born April 4th, 1992, into a family where everyone played some kind of instrument, so naturally Clint had to try to one up them and learn multiple instruments. After investing time into guitar, mandolin, banjo and piano, Clint started writing his own songs and developing a passion for original music, inspired by Texas Troubadours like Lyle Lovett and Bruce Robison. While performing as a solo artist or as part of a band, Clint has had the pleasure of playing not only in the great state of Texas, but all over the world. He’s also had the pleasure of performing and/or opening for some truly talented artists like Bruce Robison and Drew Kennedy, and as a part of Gary Glenn’s band, opening up for Randy Rogers Band, Steve Wariner, Easton Corbin and more.
From the piney woods of East Texas to the flat lands outside Lubbock, from the rolling prairies of Central Texas to the sandy shores of the Virgin Islands, Gabe Wootton has covered more than a few miles. With an eye on the horizon and an ear in the wind, he has found melody in the mundane and rhyme in the hum of life. A sketch of scenes in passing, character studies of the broken and the jubilant, triumphant tales of ruin to joyful lamentations of woe, Gabe’s songs run the gamut incorporating elements of all the music he has stumbled upon throughout his life.
Ben Morris and his bandmates- The Great American Boxcar Chorus, have entrenched themselves in roots music; second only to a few in their ability to stitch together Country, Western, Rock, Bluegrass, and Gospel into a seam that leaves no chaff. Although Ben Morris and the boxcars having been singing their souls out as a band for almost 10 years now, they consider themselves still in the early years of their collective musical mission. As of early 2016, Ben and the band persist in making their way around Texas and beyond with the scrappy grace of a seasoned outfit that will go to any length to make themselves heard. They continue to write and record; the contributions of Morris and the other members come together potently on the albums they release, the next of which is planned for early 2017.
There are music purists, connoisseurs of only the finest music--Phil Morning would be the guy crashing that party. As a writer, composer, and producer, he unapologetically does not attempt to fit into any category. On first listen, an individual would not be wrong to label him a poet or a rapper. In his music, you will get old school hip hop, with 1 part soul, some electronic, then everything around or in between. Top it all off with impassioned, introspective lyrics and you end up with the Phil Morning Show.
Jeff Becker is a songwriter and native of Bryan, Texas, who currently resides in state’s capitol, Austin. After exploring several different musical styles (metalcore, jazz, and hard rock), he finally departed from his wild, savage ways and settled into a peaceful acoustic eloquence of singing and songwriting in 2014. Becker debuted his first release "The Rising Sun" at the beginning of 2016, and he is slated to release another collection of songs in the fall, titled "Somewhere Out There, Somewhere Free".
Shelby Britton is an acoustic guitarist and songwriter from Denver, Colorado, whose ballads are full of rustic notes and employ a wide array of tempo. As an artist, Shelby weaves stories into lyrics that engage the listener via emotion and a sincerity that makes his music incredibly personal. As a performer, He can take you from broken hearted to laughing out loud, and once he is done with his set, you’ll feel like you’ve known him for years.
With her swinging low notes, his genius with a guitar, and their melancholic blend of harmonies, Pudge & Haley have struck a chord with audiences across Texas. Elijah “Pudge” Martin and Haley Edgar found their sound in College Station during the spring of 2014 while still students at Texas A&M. Together, they have created a duet of folk and indie fusion, not unlike The Civil Wars lyrical incantations that left so many fans spell bound. Minimalist describes Pudge & Haley’s approach, as they strip away the “big band” sound and fall into the simplicity of two raw and talented voices. As a duo, they are a force to be reckoned with, and left to their guitars, piano, and harmonies, will continue to captivate fans for a foreseeable future.
Joey Kipfer is an independent artist who hails from Liberty Hill, Texas. Over the past eight years, he’s been playing in and around the Austin area, and his musical style is influenced by a wide variety of genres - from soul to rock and roll! Currently Joey is studying music at Texas A&M University.
With a sound that blends rock, blues, and country roots, expressed through a modern day soul, Keith Michael Kallina has taken up the tradition and spirit of the troubadour. Keith performs with the passion of a survivor who is willing to expose his heart and soul through his art. His writing and voice reflect a search for satisfaction, and he is one who has made it through to tell the tale.
Aubrie Lynn is a singer/songwriter from the College Station Texas area. In July of 2014 she released her first album single titled "Get Lost With You" and has since finished the full EP. Just released to radio, the 5 song EP written by Aubrie Lynn, shows her grounded country style mixed with a modern twist. Aubrie's musical style has helped her to stand out in a very honkey tonk influenced scene. From wine bars to listening rooms, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo events to CureFest Brain Cancer benefits, Aubrie is well on her way to establishing herself on the country music scene.
Rosavell, has been described as "a delightfully new and introspective, yet classical take on modern rhythm and blues". Based in College Station Texas this duo, consisting of Layne Farr and Chandler O'Leary, has made it their mission to bring back to life the thought provoking and tonally complex music of the past. Chandler and Layne are two full time students, studying biology and geology respectively, who spend their free time scribbling lyrics in a journal and playing guitar until they discover something worth playing.
Hailing from Dallas, TX, Nathan Mongol Wells has been playing music in some form or another since the fifth grade, first forming a band at 14. A love for travel and stories informed his life as much as his songs, leading to an early love for art, a degree in Architecture, and an eye for detail.
His current group, Ottoman Turks, was formed in 2010 and has been steadily rising in Dallas’ formidable music scene as of late. The Turks have played to a variety of crowds in all manner of venues big and small, and their focus on providing entertaining, interactive shows always leaves spectators satisfied and wanting more.