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COVER STORY: Audio Interview with Eli Young Band
Eli Young Band With what is quite possibly the fastest growing fanbase of all emerging acts in the Southeast and Southwest, the Eli Young Band has been turning heads with their high-energy performances and a string of sold out shows. In the last year the Eli Young Band has hit its stride, selling as many as 2,000 tickets a night in multiple markets. Listen in as Texas Music Times editor Keith Howerton discusses EYB's past success and future plans with Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones, and Chris Thompson. more >
INDIE ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Nathan Johnson
Nathan JohnsonNathan Johnson is a singer/songwriter based in Dallas, Texas. His unique folk-rock-pop style falls somewhere among artists such as John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and The Fray. He performs regularly around Texas and surrounding areas. He has released 3 CD's of original music as an independent artist. His latest CD is titled "The Feeling I Got" and has just been released as of November 2007. He is seeking new venues & opportunities abroad to expose his music to wider audiences both as a performer and a recording artist. more >
TMT-TV: Monte Montgomery
Monte MontgomeryMonte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. His amazing fretwork, unique combination finger and pick style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares often baffles even the most accomplished players. Check out Keith Howerton's interview with the guy who's on Guitar Player Magazine's list of "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." more >
TMT-TV: Bob Strause of the Pear Ratz
Bob Strause of The Pear RatzAs their producer Bill Green says, the Pear Ratz are a great mix of ZZ Top, Bill Monroe, Marshall Tucker, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their live show is something to behold and their studio recordings do a great job capturing their energy. See what lead singer Bob Strause had to say when he sat down with Keith Howerton at Sam's Burger Joint. more >
BEST OF 2007 - The Best Albums of 2007 that Nobody Told You About
Stoney LarueIt's time once again for what, in my opinion, are the best tunes you may have missed last year. You probably already have the latest releases from Ragweed, Walt Wilkins, Kevin Fowler, Kelly Willis, Shooter Jennings, Jimmy LaFave, Larry Joe Taylor, and other better known artists, so my goal each year is to turn you on to the music that doesn't necessarily get all the hype. These are the albums that stay in my CD player, the records that really makes me think, "Damn, I wish I could make music like that." more >
CD REVIEW: Jackson Taylor - Dark Days
Jackson Taylor - Dark Days Getting a CD like Jackson Taylor’s Dark Days is a shot in the arm and a motivator for a cynical music critic like me. First, the record is real and is like nothing else currently being played in Texas. Second, it is an unashamed “outlaw” record with songs written for guys, not written for the sole purpose of drawing the cowboy boot and skirt wearing young ladies to the shows to swoon over the front man. Dark Days is what Texas country music should always be. It is a look into the songwriter’s soul with a peek at his hardship and reality. more >
CONCERT REVIEW: Dierks Bentley and Jack Ingram
Dierks Bentley Dierks Bentley may not be from Texas, but you’d never know it. As much as he talks about today’s top Texas country artists, as long as he dotes on his Texas fans, you’d think he grew up somewhere in the Hill Country or among the East Texas pines. He loves Cross Canadian Ragweed and Randy Rogers. He makes regular stops in the Lone Star State on his tour schedule. He even took along Dallas’ favorite son Jack Ingram for this mid-year tour. more >
CD REVIEW: Adam Carroll - Words and Music
Stoney Larue Every so often I'll stumble across an artists that makes me wonder why I'd never listened to him before. I mean, I'd heard of Adam Carroll. People had told me he was good and that I should check him out. But, ya know, sometimes I just don't have room in my life for yet another artist, so I let him slide off my scope for a couple years. When I saw that he was going to be song-swapping at Casbeers on a Thursday night with one of my favorites, Susan Gibson, I decided it was time to finally catch an Adam Carroll show. more >
CD REVIEW: Nathan Johnson - The Feeling I Got
Nathan Johnson - The Feeling I Got Occasionally we venture out of the norm when something comes to us that is very special. Dallas based artist Nathan Johnson’s new record fits perfectly into that category of a special form of Texas music. Nathan newest project, titled The Feeling I Got, is a great pop rock and vibe driven record that delivers an original style and feel to the listener. Nathan successfully blends a wonderful R&B style with a voice that is delightful and compelling. more >
The Tale Behind the Tune - Jarrod Birmingham
Texas TunesmithJarrod Birmingham is everything any self-respecting Texan would like to be:  a bull rider, a working cowboy, and a singer-songwriter. Those are three very romanticized but difficult occupations. At one time or another, Jarrod has earned his income from each of the three. Most of us can’t make an honest claim to have paid the rent exercising our skills at any of the above. It’s my opinion that Jarrod has earned the right and is well qualified to make a social commentary on the state of our state. I’m not necessarily qualified, but I’ll take a moment to make one of my own anyway. more >
CD REVIEW: Jeffrey Halford and The Healers – Broken Chord
Jeffrey Halford and the Healers - Broken ChordJeffrey Halford is based in San Francisco but his soul is pure Texas/Americana. His newest project with his band “The Healers” is a groovy trip down “vibe” lane in a pure “tone” mobile. Broken Chord is a musician’s record that is greasy and dirty like any good slide based tunes should be. Texas music stand-out and Hall of Famer Augie Meyers plays Hammond B3  and Vox organ on the record and the magic of Augie comes through strong and true in many of the tunes but specifically in the Texas Tornadoish “Rock n Fire” and “In a Dream”. The backing rhythms in those tunes would have made Doug Sahm himself proud and Augie does a great job like he always does. more >
CD REVIEW: Miles From Nowhere - Bloodline
Miles From Nowhere - Bloodline The boys from Miles From Nowhere want everyone to know they’re honest, God-fearing, hard-working, blue-collar country folk. It’s evident in the way they play and they way they sing and the songs they write. Especially in the songs they write. On their debut album, Bloodline, MFN goes to great lengths to celebrate life in the country and their heritage as products of North Texas farmers and mill workers. more >
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