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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Mary concludes her series on civil war, civil rights, and Southern charm, with a stop in Mississippi at a historic plantation home.

Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell at Gruene Hall
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Austin's Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell, Former singer of The Gourds, regularly entertains crowds with his live show antics which often include leading a conga line through the crowd, or performing "Shinyribified" versions of  Blackstreet's "No Diggity" or TLC's "Waterfalls."

Wade "DR" Holdsworth (left) and "Diamond" Jack Holdsworth performing a song in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

The Birthright Blues Project are a family band, dedicated to serving up genuine Texas blues. Singer and guitarist "Diamond" Jack Holdsworth has recruited the whole family into the act, with wife Elan on bass, daughter Dani at the drums, and son DR showing talent beyond his years on vocals and guitar.

Lou Ann Petty from the music video to "Soldier's Wife"
Happy Tree Films/Michael Gauthier

Lou Ann Petty returns to the Bois D'Arc Bash Friday night at 7:30, featuring her new band "Luck of The Draw." The Cumby native has been a regular performer at the annual Commerce festival, and she told Notably Texan that she is thrilled to get back in front of an audience.

Hannah Kirby and Notably Texan Host Matt Meinke in the KETR Studios
Jerrod Knight

Sulphur Springs entertainer Hannah Kirby is using her experience on "The Voice" as inspiration to work harder on her debut full-length record. Finishing in the top 8 finalists on NBC's Emmy winning talent show was just the spark Kirby needed to put together a brand new band, and head into the studio to record tracks for the upcoming "Fire In My Soul" album.

Blue Water Highway Band's full lineup
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Taking their name from a stretch of road along the Texas Gulf Coast, Blue Water Highway Band are establishing themselves as a powerful voice in Texas music. Though still new to many ears, the group is already being recognized for their melodic harmonies, smart lyrics, and top-notch musicianship.

Shoot Low Sheriff performing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas.
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The 7-piece Dallas outfit have dedicated themselves to upholding the traditions of their musical influences, such as Bob Wills and Milton Brown. Their renditions of classics by their idols flow together perfectly with the band's originals on their sophomore release "Wanted In Texas."

Civil War era cannon, preserved on Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (

During a recent visit to Mississippi and Georgia, Mary Clark spent time exploring several of the Civil War sites that preserve the history of our nation divided.

Synagogue in Williamsburg, with separate entries for men and women.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (

Taking a guided tour of the Hasidic community of Williamsburg, was like stepping back in time for Mary Clark. Guide Freida Vizel shed light on this strange and foreign land, right in the middle of New York City.

Mike Flanigin and his '74 Dodge Charger named "Black Betty"
Ashley McCue

During his more than 20 years as a support musician, Texas' own Mike Flanigin made many friends who turned out to be a big part of his first album.

Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta reached capacity for the Rolling Stones' June 2015 concert.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (

Seeing the Rolling Stones live in concert has become a rite of passage for generations, and this is one experience Mary Clark can cross off her "bucket list" after braving a stadium crowd and witnessing Mick Jagger and company in Georgia.

Adam Carroll (left) and Chris Carroll
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Tyler native Adam Carroll established himself over 8 records as a unique songwriter, garnering the attention of fellow artists such as Slaid Cleaves and Hayes Carll. Adam's wife, Canadian Chris Carroll is still getting used to the hot Texas weather, but she is blazing with her debut album "Trouble and Time."

Dale Watson
Sarah Wilson

Texas icon Dale Watson believes in making music in the tradition of his idols, the way George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash used to do before the "country music" landscape changed. Dale prefers to call his sound "Ameripolitan," a genre which encompasses some of his favorite styles.

Seth Vanover, Luke Clayton

Luke visits with Lake Fork Fishing guide Seth Vanover this week to discuss catching big coolers full of good eating channel catfish.

Luke Clayton hooked this Walleye, and before he could reel it in, a 41 Inch Pike grabbed a hold of it!
Luke Clayton

A lifelong dream of Luke Clayton's was realized when he took a trip to explore the Northern woods of Canada.