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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.

Shoot Low Sheriff performing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas.
Courtesy of Shoot Low Sheriff Facebook

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
Courtesy Of The Artists (chriscarrollsongs.com, adamcarroll.com)

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.
Writer's Guild of Texas Fabecook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Writers-Guild-of-Texas)

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
www.danahubbard.com

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.

Terri Hendrix with blue acoustic guitar
Ana Johnson

Known for her Grammy award winning co-write on The Dixie Chicks song "Little Jack Slade," Terri Hendrix has released 14 albums in 20 years - but the fiercely independent, multi-instrumentalist was not content to stop there. She has written a book AND created a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music and art where it's needed most.

Spyche performed live during her visit to the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

Since relocating to Texas from Washington D.C., singer/songwriter Spyche (pronounced "Spike") has found a happy home amongst the players and music lovers of The Lone Star State. This talented multi-instrumentalist has discovered herself in high demand from other bands, yet still finds time to self-release her own music as well.

Hannah Kirby, during her Notably Texan interview on KETR.
Paul Bryan

Hannah Kirby's talents as a singer, songwriter, violinist and performer were already well recognized by her fans in the Sulphur Springs area, but her breakthrough success on the television program The Voice is catapulting the 21 year old to lofty heights.

Daniel Louis White
Daniel Louis White

Daniel Louis White is one of several performers set to play at the the March 21 Jazz On Main Festival in Farmersville, the birthplace of jazz guitarist legend Herb Ellis.

(Left to right) Corey Howe, Vince Tuley, Ed Chaney and Evan Johnson of Dallas band Dead Flowers at A&M-Commerce's historic Binnion Hall
Matt Meinke

Since coming onto the Dallas music scene with their debut, crowd funded album in 2013, Dead Flowers continue to evolve and mature, as heard on their latest "His Blues" album. With members from diverse backgrounds and influences, they continue to find new ways to implement wildly different sounds into their rock-oriented recordings.

Promotional shot of Sunny Sweeney
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSunnySweeney

Houston native Sunny Sweeney has come a long way since she played her songs in bars for tips and free beer in the early 2000's. Lately, she keeps plenty busy touring with the likes of Miranda Lambert, when she's not enjoying her home life in Austin. Notably Texan caught up with Sunny on the heels of a big spring tour schedule.

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