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Notably Texan

Weekdays from noon until 3 p.m.

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.

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.

Album artwork for the latest T Bird and The Breaks release "Harmonizm"
Laura Garcia/www.tbirdandthebreaks.com

Since Moving to Austin in 2007, Massachusetts native Tim Crane constructed the outstanding ensemble T Bird and The Breaks, whose sound encompasses hip-hop, rock, soul, and plenty of funk.

Brandon Callies performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

From humble beginnings in the Greenville area, music artist Brandon Callies has gone on to make a name for himself in the local music scene.

Tony Ramey performing live on Notably Texan.
Matt Meinke

Tony Ramey put Music City in his rearview mirror several years ago, and found a great new home base in Northeast Texas.

Grammy nominees - 2015
www.grammy.com

The nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards were announced last week, and the list includes several artists born or based in Texas.

Mike Blakely sings in-studio.
Annie Blakely (http://mikeblakely.com)

Mike Blakely expresses his creativity through songwriting and his novels, and he has a long list of publications in both media, including books co-written with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers..

(Left to right) Meinke, Sparks and Davis in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

Commerce artist Christian Sparks has performed with harder rocking bands in the past, but he recently recruited renowned music producer Brad Davis to take help take the songs in a different direction.

(Left to right) Matt Meinke, Dr. Michael Groth, and Dr. Dan Jones visiting at the A&M-Commerce Heritage House.
Matt Meinke

Dr. Michael Groth works as the Senior Editor in Berlin, Germany at Deutchlandradio, a National German public broadcast service, but his true passion is Americana and Texas music.

http://larry-franklin.com

Larry Franklin was brought up in a family of champion fiddle players in Texas, and quickly picked up the family trade - later becoming a World Champion Fiddler himself at just 16 years old.

www.rubyallmond.com

Ruby Allmond was a singer and songwriter whose skills on the fiddle garnered her the title of "National Champion Lady Fiddler" in 1947. Her legacy lives on through her numerous recordings, including a new version of her song by Brad Davis.

Valerie Freeman/iseesound.net

D.C. Bloom was once a professional speech writer for names such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and even The FBI, but these days his writing efforts are focused towards original songs instead.

Gene Ambo

For almost 30 years, Jim Heath has been creating unique rockabilly sounds under the moniker of Reverend Horton Heat. Fromhis  humble beginnings in Dallas' Deep Ellum district, to song placement in video games and thousands of live performances,  "The Rev" has carved his stage name into the pillars of Texas music and beyond.

Stanley Hammond

Stanley Hammond is a guitarist, songwriter, and luthier who has lived in Texas for less than a year, but was already compelled to write his first country song. Hammond stopped by KETR recently for an interview and live performance.

www.shockink.com

Former Texas State Musician Shelley King has been creating music full time since 1998, and her song "Texas Blue Moon" was recorded by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra. 

Matt Meinke

For more than a decade, Rodney Parker and his band 50 Peso Reward have been mixing together country and rock to create a sound all their own.

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