Notably Texan

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With the lofty mandate to curate the culture of Texas music, Notably Texan host Matt Meinke scours the state's singers and songwriters, stars or not, and hand-selects the purest cuts of well-marbled entertainment for your daily listening pleasure. The tempo, the style, the instrumentation, the genre - it doesn't matter. The rules are simple - the songs need to have a Texas connection. Rock, rap, country, reggae, electronica, dub step, house, R&B - If the music helps to build an audio tapestry worthy of the Lone Star State, it's got a shot on Notably Texan. 

Want to send in your best to see if it'll pass the test? Mail your music to PO Box 4504, Commerce, TX 75428. You can also email links to SoundCloud or other hosted downloads that you have created directly to Matt himself. Airplay not guaranteed, and all media submitted become the property of 88.9 KETR (which just means you can't get your CD or your thumb drive back, so don't send us your music on anything you can't live without.)

Find Notably Texan on facebook (on the right) and help us let the world know that the music of Texas is just as legendary as the barbecue, the Alamo, and the stars at night.

Shane Smith (center) and bandmates The Saints
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Shane Smith knew he wanted to go "all in" to the music business after the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio. Now several years into that career, Shane Smith and The Saints are known for their energetic live shows across the Southwest and beyond.

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."

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.

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.

Writer's Guild of Texas Members listening to a speaker during a recent monthly meeting.
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Writers across the state sometimes need a few pointers or critique on their work from a fellow scribe, and that's where The Writers' Guild Of Texas comes in.

Dana Hubbard and guitar

Since he relocated to Amarillo around 2009, singer/songwriter/finger style blues guitarist Dana Hubbard has been pleasantly surprised by the welcome his music has received, and is proud to call Texas his new home.

Instagrammer: @moniqueevanstx

  She's a ballerina, a nomad, an activist, a role model, and a regular listener to public radio. And in July 2014, 23 year old Monique Evans was crowned Miss Texas.

(l to r) Jetta In The Ghost Tree singer Brandin Lea, Notably Texan's Matt Meinke, and guitarist Eric Webb
KETR/Carinne Manning

When his former band Flickerstick went their separate ways in 2010, lead singer Brandin Lea put his own health and wellbeing on center stage. Diagnosed as bi-polar and manic depressive, and experiencing a few close calls due to his alcohol habit, Lea opted to kick the booze and start fresh with his new psychedelic rock band- Jetta In The Ghost Tree.

Ray Wylie Hubbard wearing blue bandanna, purple tinted sunglasses
Todd Wolfson

Fortunately for us, the new album "The Ruffian's Misfortune" shows the Texas troubadour as his best, growling out his signature evocative, gritty, and often poignant lyrics over roots and blues sounds provided in part by his guitarist son Lucas Hubbard. No auto-tune or heavy effects here - just raw, pure, unbridled music captured as it happened in the studio.