Lincoln Durham

Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a Obnoxious Southern-Gothic-Gospel-Revival-Punk One-Man-Band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of.

Lincoln's musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln's case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it.

Lincoln's true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully "off" to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

Kirby Brown

Hailing from The South (west of the Mighty Mississippi, north of the Rio Grande), Kirby Brown is an artist. With a stormy childhood scattered from the foothills of Arkansas to the farm-towns of East Texas, the roots are in him deep. He cut his teeth on Gospel music, was weaned on Twain and Whitman, became a man with The Stones on the radio. With the deeply-felt candor of the storyteller at a campfire and the fiery presence of an actor in his prime, Kirby Brown is authentic and engaging. His work is nothing short of original-- a memorable picture of depth and beauty and honesty in a less-than-golden age."

We started our group in the summer of 2008, and after having known each other through all of our other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning, etc), it was an easy upstart and took no time jumping in head first. We both had songs that we felt needed to be played but no band to use as an outlet. Three months later, we entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of our first album "We Are The O's" (2009 Idol Records).

We have since toured relentlessly all across the US, UK, Europe, and even jaunted to Hawaii, hi-fiving friends and fans alike; just trying to keep ourselves out on the road and creating new music for good people. In 2011, we recorded our second album with the Grammy award winning Stuart Sikes. Entitled "Between The Two," we decided to play every instrument on the album and had Stuart man the helm. It was liberating and excited and brought us further than we had been before.

We hit the road again jumping back and forth across the great ponds, made music videos, bought and broke vans, bought and broke gear, ate poorly, ate well, had fun and not so much fun, met amazing people, learned a lot about life, forgot a lot of things, slept a little, bought and wore out hundreds of pairs of pants and shirts, resoled our cowboy boots countless times, played with incredible artists, performed on TV shows, talk shows, radio shows, festivals, clubs, bars, restaurants, several different countries and continents, swam in clear water, dredged through the gulf, and other countless, endless adventures to name.

We did this all as we have always, to make good music for good people.
And into the future we go with "Thunderdog", our third studio album to be released in July 23, 2013. We decided to record the majority of the new album, at the recommendation of our great producer, Chris "Frenchie" Smith, in Tornillo, TX at the legendary Sonic Ranch Studio. It's a state of the art, top notch studio where we could stay on site, eat on site, and record without distractions (other than the delicious Sonic Ranch "Salsa de Roja" that lead to many debates on whether or not anything would taste good without it afterwords…) We finished up the album at The Bubble in Austin, TX and look forward to getting it out the door and into everyone's hands!

See you folks on the other side and we look forward to the ride.

Lincoln Durham

Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a Obnoxious Southern-Gothic-Gospel-Revival-Punk One-Man-Band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of.

Lincoln's musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln's case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it.

Lincoln's true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully "off" to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

Kirby Brown

Hailing from The South (west of the Mighty Mississippi, north of the Rio Grande), Kirby Brown is an artist. With a stormy childhood scattered from the foothills of Arkansas to the farm-towns of East Texas, the roots are in him deep. He cut his teeth on Gospel music, was weaned on Twain and Whitman, became a man with The Stones on the radio. With the deeply-felt candor of the storyteller at a campfire and the fiery presence of an actor in his prime, Kirby Brown is authentic and engaging. His work is nothing short of original-- a memorable picture of depth and beauty and honesty in a less-than-golden age."

We started our group in the summer of 2008, and after having known each other through all of our other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning, etc), it was an easy upstart and took no time jumping in head first. We both had songs that we felt needed to be played but no band to use as an outlet. Three months later, we entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of our first album "We Are The O's" (2009 Idol Records).

We have since toured relentlessly all across the US, UK, Europe, and even jaunted to Hawaii, hi-fiving friends and fans alike; just trying to keep ourselves out on the road and creating new music for good people. In 2011, we recorded our second album with the Grammy award winning Stuart Sikes. Entitled "Between The Two," we decided to play every instrument on the album and had Stuart man the helm. It was liberating and excited and brought us further than we had been before.

We hit the road again jumping back and forth across the great ponds, made music videos, bought and broke vans, bought and broke gear, ate poorly, ate well, had fun and not so much fun, met amazing people, learned a lot about life, forgot a lot of things, slept a little, bought and wore out hundreds of pairs of pants and shirts, resoled our cowboy boots countless times, played with incredible artists, performed on TV shows, talk shows, radio shows, festivals, clubs, bars, restaurants, several different countries and continents, swam in clear water, dredged through the gulf, and other countless, endless adventures to name.

We did this all as we have always, to make good music for good people.
And into the future we go with "Thunderdog", our third studio album to be released in July 23, 2013. We decided to record the majority of the new album, at the recommendation of our great producer, Chris "Frenchie" Smith, in Tornillo, TX at the legendary Sonic Ranch Studio. It's a state of the art, top notch studio where we could stay on site, eat on site, and record without distractions (other than the delicious Sonic Ranch "Salsa de Roja" that lead to many debates on whether or not anything would taste good without it afterwords…) We finished up the album at The Bubble in Austin, TX and look forward to getting it out the door and into everyone's hands!

See you folks on the other side and we look forward to the ride.

Bad Mountain

Americana songwriter based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas plays live as a two piece band (singer/guitar and drummer). Having played in multiple bands in multiple venues across the US, a large amount of original music was being compiled. It was time to create something that can be done with a band full of diverse instruments or a stripped down version as simple as a man and his guitar. This project started January 2013. *****Description*****This project is a collection of home recordings and unfinished demos. Enjoy. Currently shopping studios and musicians for an official E.P. ******Band Interests******Live music and thumbing through old records. *****Artists We Also Like*******Justin Townes Earl, Shovels and Rope, Lyle Lovett, Ray Wyllie Hubbard, Somebody's Darling, J Charles and The Train Robbers, Foxtrot Uniform

Goodnight Ned

"Goodnight Ned combines roots rock vindication with demanding keys and poetic songwriting."
Tiney Ricciardi - Dallas Morning News
Goodnight Ned is a group from Dallas, TX. Don't bother trying to define their sound, just enjoy the instant familiarity that comes from over eight decades of influence. Since their formation in 2010, the band has grown and acquired hard-earned notoriety for their high energy live shows and fearless embrace of all influences. This band of brothers is keyboard fueled and guitar-driven. They engage audiences with harmonies galore, songs you will sing to and drumbeats that will get your feet movin'.
Goodnight Ned’s debut album “Smoke From The Sails” was released in the beautiful Texas summer of 2012. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, and at Good Records in Dallas, TX.

Loyal Sally came to Earth at the beginning of 2011 with the goals and dream to enrich the lives of the entire human race through music. With an out-of-this-world ability to create melodic harmonies on top of the most inspiringly catchy brand of folk rock, Loyal Sally is set out to barrel through every speaker and every stage, and there is nothing that will stop them. Press play before it's too late.... The group's first album, "Things From Thoughts" is available and their second E.P. "Pleased to meet you!" will be available on iTunes in December 2012.

The members of Parallel Play grew up as alternative music driven individuals but have now found themselves invading the folk genre. Still, their "alternative" roots are represented in full musically and in spirit. Their discography includes folk renditions of alternative favorites like Green Day's "Pulling Teeth", The Cranberries' "Linger" and Gin Blossoms' "Found Out About You".

Jeremy Drake, Parallel Play's lyricist, starts his songwriting with a 60's pop mentality. Then he weaves in a nice grunge layer by dragging the songs into a mosh pit and stomping them to death. Insert a toe-tapping riff, counter-melodies and other inspirations, not to over-complicate but to create a genuine, honest sound. The songs dynamically rise from ample amounts of harmonious vocals and a lively backbeat. Add banjo then bake! Mmmm, folky!

These ingredients and influences also fuel their high-octane performance. No matter the beats per minute, Erin Gayden (upright) and Pappy McCall (percussion) drive each song straight to the feet of the crowd causing outbursts of stomping and dancing. While Jeremy Drake's thrashing of his 5-string guitar and Jason Miears' banjo picking can rev up the audience into a headbanging frenzy. It's a sweat covered stage from physical and emotional exertion and it's part of the PP guarantee.

Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos

"Grant Jones' music goes in a direction where country music should be heading" Marty Travis-General Manager-Billy Bob's Texas-The World's Largest Honky Tonk

"Grant has got attitude and swagger. Its like 'you will like this music or I will come out there and kick your ass'" Joe Avezzano- Host of Coach Joe's Country Show

Texas has long embraced musical outlaws and rebels. Oddly enough, however, recent times have seen the so-called "Texas/Red dirt" scene slowly morph into something that's much more akin to Jagermeister-scented Rascal Flatts than it is something that champions heart over highlighted hair.

The Hell-raisers of the contemporary Texas country landscape are the honky-tonk heroes that aren't afraid to actually let their wide-ranging and old-school influences shine through in their music. The gritty truthfulness is there for all to see, and isn't merely an act of lip service from a dude wearing a Johnny Cash T-shirt while playing something that sounds way too much like warmed over 80's soft-rock.

Grant Jones and the Pistol Grip Lassos out of Dallas, TX not only embody the faded spirit of country greats past, but they also take their trend-bucking ways further by brandishing lyrics that often reveal personal pain that drink or even drugs seem to be unable to heal. Such stoned-heart-on-the-sleeve sentiment is as pure as the warm brown whiskey that soaks so many of the bands songs is deadly strong.

Jones made his way from Brownwood, TX up to Denton, and eventually in to Dallas, where he has faithfully and popularly served as a spiritual mayor to the historic and rejuvenated Deep Ellum district. Originally playing as a 3 piece, in 2006, Jones joined forces with Guitarist Miles Penhall, Drummer David Fiegelman and bass player Ace McNeeley, then proceeded to become a top act in the north Texas country scene. Jones recognizes Penhall's contributions as something that the band was missing at the beginning, and has added so much sense. "His playing is intense," says Jones. "His playing gives the sons life that I don't think we could find with many other players."

Since then, the group has suffered tragedy, however. In the summer of 2010, while on tour, McNeely died tragically, sending the band into an intensive search for a bass player that would help make the band feel whole again after the sad loss of the man that Jones has described as their "spiritual core."

After naming former Bart Crow Band bass player Rocky Garza as the new member, the crew has simply gathered more steam and are planning and ambitious follow-up album that will continue to carve a unique spot for them in the country corners of the US.

It's odd and perhaps a bit sad that we're in a spot where simple, vulnerable storytelling and keeping sounds from country acts of the past present inside of the current sonic of a band can be considered rebellious. Thankfully, it is with all that in mind that Grant Jones and the Pistol Grip Lassos simply know that they need to be what they are and not what others try to be. Reality is the revolution, indeed.

Do-It-Yourself is not a new idea to the family of Jacob Furr. His history is one of work that sweats through blue collars and hardens hands, and his songs are a precise art that expose personal struggles and triumphs of love. Each song is an honest telling of story or emotion, careful to maintain integrity of structure and usefulness of line.

The Bodarks

The Bodarks are a "hootenanny" string band hailing from McKinney, Texas (est. 2012). One of Shiner Bock/Record's Rising Star finalists of 2013, and one of five north Texas bands chosen for the Wakarusa Winter Classic 2014, they are wildly entertaining to audiences of all ages and tastes. Donnie Nelson of the Dallas Mavericks described them as a band that creates its own genre, crashing through all others as they convert popular music into a hoedown. And Brett Dillon of KHYI had this to say of a recent performance: "Great harmonies, great vocals, and great job of connecting with the crowd and trying to bring us up on stage." To see The Bodarks live is porch-stompin', fiddle-sawin', bass-slappin' fun as they dig up the roots from which today's music grew and the American soul was nurtured.

Lager and the Fatties

Since beginning in 2006 in Lubbock, Tx, Lager & the Fatties began as a simple cover-band at some seedy college bars. If they weren't playing 20 minutes country/blues jams, they were covering the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, BB King, Robert Earl, Blues Brothers, etc. Soon, they had a solid following and were playing 4-5 hour sets along the Broadway Strip and "The Depot" area in downtown. Fueled by Makers, Jager & smokes, they were known around Lubbock as one HELL of a good time. Traveling around Texas for a couple summers, they soon were writing their own music and realized that they had a unique sound of classic country with a bluesy feel.

After a couple of years off, it's time to get the party started again. Lager & the Fatties have now FINALLY gotten in the studio and went to work. Their first album, "Whiskey Feelin", was produced at Fort Worth Sound in November 2013. This album was a collection of songs that had been written over a span of several years that was driven by their travels and experience all around Texas. Many of the songs were written in the oil patch where they were picking a guitar and waiting for "black gold" to shoot out of the ground. It was time to put these songs on paper and get back in the music scene.

Starmother

Starmother was born for the young at heart; they are the lovechild of yesterday’s honest rock n’ roll and the mindful attitude of today’s youth. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, their brand of no holds barred guitar riffs paired with raunchy gang vocal choruses, and the angst within their coming-of-age lyrics make Starmother one of the last of a dying breed – a true American rock band. This ensemble of passionate misfits will send you on a journey to the past and leave you with a mouthful of southern grit and gravel, gasping for a chance to take the trip all over again.

Straw Hat Society

The Misteries

The Moment Before

In addition to Debb's enjoyment of loud singing, Davin likes to funk it up, Dave brings some bluegrass and country when he isn't rocking, James lays down smooth licks, Aaron tries to get crazy and turn the beat around, and Jamie shows us how to do headstands when she isn't adding harmonies.

The Whiskey Prophets

THE WHISKEY PROPHETS, delivering our very own blend of Texas Music.
A fusion of Texas Country, Red Dirt, Southern-Rock, Blues, and a little Texas-Funk are all incorporated into the unique soulful music of the Whiskey Prophets.
With lyrical themes stemming from love and loss to standing true to one’s convictions. Songwriting with purpose that makes it clear The Whiskey Prophets have a statement to make and their music is their platform.
The band is an equal parts ownership operation, with each bandmate believing in the long-term vision for the band. Each bandmate plays an integral part in the very synergy that sets the Whiskey Prophets apart from other artists on the scene.

The Whiskey Prophets is fronted by singer/songwriter Brad Roberson, who also plays acoustic guitar. Mike Norris (fondly known as “Hostile Mike”) pioneering the freight train energy with the driving rhythms from behind his drum kit. Jeremy Ailes on his warrior bass and back-up vocals. Matt Hinchey bending out melodies on the electric-lead and slide guitar.

Willow James

Willow James is a group based out of Dallas, Texas. Their sound is hard to pinpoint but includes elements of Folk, Rock, Blues, Americana, Country and everything in-between. While the group is still new, they are catching the attention of any and all that come across them. Willow James is led by guitarist/vocalist Dan O’Connell, the primary songwriter, and also includes Joel Armstrong on bass and Dillon Ryan on drums.

Dan has played guitar for around ten years, and singing for about four. As his songwriting continues to develop, the listener can hear several influences from the sixties folk and rock scenes to more recent Texas country acts and whatever else catches his ear. Dan and Joel became friends in college and eventually started playing together, forming what would eventually become Willow James. They eagerly brought in Dillon, one of Dan’s oldest friends, who quickly became an integral part of the band.
They continue to write new songs and rework older songs to share with their audience. As their confidence on stage has grown, on-lookers can clearly see they love what they are doing when on stage. They have recorded a demo that is given away for free at shows, though donations are accepted, and a “part two” is in production.

Willow James is very driven and always eager to get out and play, often holding acoustic practices in very-public locations. For them, it’s all about finding a group of friends and fans with a love of good music.

Vandoliers

Vandoliers are a country fried super group out of the Dallas/Fort Worth music scene. With Members of The Phuss, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and the O's

The Roomsounds

"Led by singer and guitarist Ryan Michael, this four-piece deliver a masterwork of blues-rock with the most sludgy style DFW has heard in a while. With guitar tones straight from the early-70s Rolling Stones, it’s impossible not to get into this disc right away. But The Roomsounds are no one-trick pony. Their brilliant songwriting, along with versatile vocals, walks the listener though a museum with displays of country, garage rock, gospel, folk, punk and more, all with the tour-guide of catchy accessibility. In all honesty, every damn song on here is burn-worthy with something for everyone. The recording is very good (Birdville Studios in Flower Mound) with a solid mix that lets the individual skills shine through. Fans of Tom Petty, The Kinks, The Stones, Jack Ingram or Counting Crows should find this CD or get to a show ASAP! " - Mark Beneventi, Lit Monthly

Whiskey Folk Ramblers

Like the soundtrack to a spaghetti western set in the Dust Bowl, Whiskey Folk Rambler's "folk noir" blends ominous, reverb-dripping guitars with boot-stomping train beats and funereal horns to create sonic backdrops for down-on-your-luck ballads and beer-soaked anthems.

Their music is the sound of a union meeting at its drunkest, of a last-resort robbery gone awry, of mice and men and the lengths they'll go to forget about their troubles. From catchy singalongs to moody shuffles, Whiskey Folk Rambler's sound takes American roots music down a road less traveled, where even the Devil might be waiting to raise a toast. ~ Steve Steward

Hares On The Mountain

Hares on the Mountain play folk music. Rowdy, messy and loud folk music. Hares on the Mountain understands that folk music is the music of our everyday lives and it's HOTM's mission to return it to its roots as a music that expresses the lives of everyday folk.

Hares on the Mountain began as a series of 4-track experiments recorded by George Neal (Little Grizzly, The Slow Burners) and Ryan Becker (RTB2) in Neal's garage in Denton, TX. The project was originally a vehicle to record a series of traditional folk songs from the British Isles but soon grew to include original material that drew on a wide variety of influences.

Further changes were initiated when Ryan and George decided to move the project from the studio to the live stage. The current live configuration now consists of Ryan Becker, George Neal, Cory Coleman, Justin Collins, Petra Kelly and Tony Ferraro. This line-up has recorded a new album entitled "It Will Only Hurt Forever" which was released March 2012.

Wesley Geiger

Wesley Geiger has spent a lot of time on the road, and his debut album dignifies the journey. Throughout the El Dorado project, Wesley divided his time between Texas and California — earning a degree in music in the Los Angeles area and working in Dallas during breaks from school. He drove his pickup the 1,500 miles between those two cities more than a dozen times, and those trips significantly influenced his songwriting. He explored the southwest, camped off the beaten path and absorbed the silence of the desert.

Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes van Zandt and Neil Young became influences. And he got to know the art of more recent songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco). American authors Wendell Berry, John Steinbeck and Wallace Stegner informed his understanding of our relationships with geography and the road.

The result is El Dorado, a nine-song album that explores the distance between getting lost and being found. El Dorado was produced and mixed by Beau Patrick Bedford, primarily at a small cabin north of Dallas where Wesley and Beau escaped the noise of the city to craft an expansive sonic landscape.

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