KETR

Matt Meinke

Notably Texan Host/Production Director

Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.

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Robert Earl Keen
Darren Carroll/ Darren Carroll Photography

Robert Earl Keen's musical road truly does seem to go on forever, as entailed in the lyrics to one of his synonymous songs. His campy, 1994 "Merry Christmas From The Family" song grew a life of it's own, and became a seasonal tour for the Houston native.

Bill Kirchen
Cliff Goldfarb (Used by permission from Red House Records)

"Hot Rod Lincoln" was the song that put Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen on the map in the 1970's, a time which guitarist and singer/songwriter Bill Kirchen recalls fondly. Now a solo artist, Bill has lived in Austin since 2011 and just reunited with musical partner Austin De Lone on their new Transatlanticana album.

Zane Williams playing a song live during Notably Texan in the KETR Studios..
Matt Meinke

Zane Williams offers something unique with his take on country music: an authentic sound to his lyrics, an honest approach to traditional C&W sounds that's not flashy or overproduced, and a genuine throwback to his old-school influences.

Sarah Hobbs (left) and Matt Meinke outside the KETR Studios.
Jerrod Knight

Sarah Hobbs is living her dream. From humble beginnings in Jefferson, to attending college at Texas A&M University-Commerce, she's now making a name for herself as a strong voiced, independent Texas singer and songwriter.

Susan Gibson
Todd V Wolfson

Life has taken many twists and turns for Wimberly singer/songwriter Susan Gibson. She toyed with the notion of being a park ranger for a time, before realizing the songs she'd been writing were good - so good that The Dixie Chicks picked up the Gibson penned song "Wide Open Spaces" and turned it into the title cut for their 1998 Grammy award winning record.

Lisa Loeb
Justine Ungaro

Music fans of the 1990's will no doubt recall the huge hit for Dallas native Lisa Loeb called "Stay (I Missed You)."  More than 20 years later, that platinum selling song is still a fan favorite at her shows.

Jeremy Bellamy performing live in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

A lifelong love of music has inspired Commerce resident Jeremy Bellamy to pursue his dreams of writing and singing original songs. His young voice already sounds like that of an established rocker: powerful, gritty and full of energy. Bellamy is also learning to collaborate on music with other artists, namely the members of his newfound Garland band Livirian.

Omarr Awake
Bettina Crews

Citing influences such as Stevie Wonder and Jamiriquai, Omarr Awake creates music infused with pop,  soul and jazz elements. His creative songwriting mind has been toiling away on new compositions during recent years as a backing musician. Now, he's back on the road as a solo artist and looking ahead to an upcoming recording session.

Band founder Ray Benson (Fourth from left) and the current Asleep At The Wheel lineup.
Mike Shore

Asleep At The Wheel has a lifetime history of making country music their way. They've released 20 studio albums, received 9 Grammy Awards, and exert an unrivaled passion for western swing that has brought them together on recordings with the likes of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Robert Earl Keen and Kat Edmonson.

(Left to right) Upright bass player Gavin Kelso, fiddle player and vocalist Katie Glassman, and lead singer and rhythm guitarist Joey McKenzie.
Ben Bohorquez

In the tradition of music pioneers like Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Tex Williams and Spade Cooley, Joey McKenzie's band The Western Flyers are proudly carrying the western swing torch into a new era.

Carl Finch (front left) and the 2015 members of Brave Combo.
Jane Finch

"Brave" hardly begins to describe the guts it takes to perpetuate music that's outside the normal, but that's precisely what Denton's Brave Combo has been doing for more than 35 years.

Lynn Adler (left) and Lindy Hearne (right) performing live in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

From the friendly confines of their adopted home in Pineview, Texas, Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne nurture and cultivate original music at their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm. Their brand of "Texas Folk"  pulls from influences as wide-ranging as jazz, bluegrass, blues and even world music. Add the duo's vocal harmonies, and you've got a unique Texas treasure called Adler & Hearne, whose latest album Simpatico contains 24 tracks of positive vibes.

Amanda Shires
Josh Wool photographer, used courtesy of the artist and Thirty Tigers Marketing

Texas native Amanda Shires has a voice like an angel, but she can also song write and sing like a demon.  The juxtaposition between her soft, sweet tones and the intensity of her lyrics is often striking, and her fiddle licks add even more flavor to the sound scape.

Eric Taylor
Alwyn Spence

Grammy and Emmy nominated Texas singer-songwriter Eric Taylor is no stranger to music, with his first album release in 1976. Since then, he's had his compositions recorded by the likes of Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. Eric is currently embarked on a string of Texas tour stops, including shows in Ravenna, Dallas and Ft. Worth.

Matt Meinke (left) and Cole Risner outside Binnion Hall at A&M-Commerce.
Jerrod Knight

Greenville Native Cole Risner continues to turn heads with his latest album Better Man. Opting for more of an Americana sound, Cole recruited Hayes Carll's guitarist Travis Linville to co-produce the album, which features guests like John Pedigo from Dallas' The O's, and fiddler Heather Stalling, wife of Max Stalling.

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