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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.

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.

Rickey Gene Wright playing a tune live on Notably Texan.
Matt Meinke

Rickey Gene Wright has been writing original music in Texas for most of his life, but didn't make it a priority until he learned that one of his songs was being played by others in Nashville bars. His band has since released their debut album, and are working on more material.

Christopher Holt performance in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

It's been a while since anyone has heard new music  from the versatile Christopher Holt, but he's been quite busy. Since his last album release in 2010, Holt has taken on the role of touring guitarist with the legendary Don Henley, and recorded a ton of new material which became the double-album release Stargazer on the newly formed State Fair Records in Dallas.

The Guy Forsyth Blues Band (left to right) Bassist Naj Conklin, Vocalist/Guitarist Guy Forsyth, Lead Guitarist George Rarey, and Drummer Mark Hayes.
Doug Larue

For the past 25 years, the talented Guy Forsyth has been sharing his passion for music in Texas. He has a busy solo career, plus The Guy Forsyth Blues Band,  AND a forthcoming record by the remnants of his old band Asylum Street Spankers called The Hot Nut Riveters.

Kyle Park
Courtesy of the artist

Austin county singer and producer Kyle Park continues to garner new fans with his own take on the genre. With several years in the business, and multiple albums behind him, Kyle has branched out a bit with some harder rocking sounds on his latest release.

Art and photos from inside the new Cas Haley "More Music More Family" album.
Beatrice Ardila

After a lengthy rest and rehabilitation period for his voice, Cas Haley is back with a new album, a different record label, and a fresh outlook on music and life.

Shane Smith (center) and bandmates The Saints
provided image

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.

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