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.

Ways to Connect

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.

(Left to right) Mary Gauther, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson on the "Three Women And The Truth" tour.
Used by permission from the Val Denn Agency

Grammy-nominated songstress from Austin Eliza Gilkyson is no stranger to music, cutting her first demos as a child for her father Terry Gilkyson. Her folk and Americana compositions have been recorded by names like Bob Geldof and Roseanne Cash, and she's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Christian Sparks playing guitar and singing during a live performance at Notably Texan Headquarters.
Matt Meinke

Making new, original songs, influenced by folk singers of this and former generations, is the specialty of rising talent Christian Sparks. Over the past few years, he has transitioned from alt-rocker to "Shakey Graves-esque" crooner, and the future looks bright for this enterprising young man.

Lincoln Durham
Robyn Von Swank

When you mix a one-man band with the twisted mind of a manic preacher, and throw in vintage and custom stringed instruments, you get Texas' own Lincoln Durham. Volatile, often shadowy, lyrics, paired with punk infused electric blues sounds, help set him apart from the pack.

Kimberly Dunn
Matt Conant

Kimberly Dunn has come a long way since marching as a saxophone player with the A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Band in College Station. After graduating in 2011 on her 23rd birthday, Dunn devoted herself fully to her budding music career and released her debut EPs.

Matt Meinke and Hannah Kirby pause for an obligatory selfie at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Hannah Kirby, former contestant on NBC's "The Voice,"  is still riding high on the motivation and fan boost she received from her television experience. Her debut Fire In My Soul album continues to garner the talented Sulphur Springs resident some much deserved attention.

Cameran Nelson performing live.
Bling Johnson

A relative newcomer to the Texas music scene, Cameran Nelson pulls from his life experiences to create his brand of Texas country. He has lived across the state: everywhere from the Gulf Coast, to Northeast Texas, and his current home in the Hill Country, and he's always counting down to the next live show.