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Notably Texan

Weekdays from 11 a.m. until 2 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.

Kyle Park during his acoustic performance at KETR.
Matt Meinke

After releasing 5 previous albums, Austin singer-songwriter Kyle Park recalled what inspired him to get into the music business and went back to basics on his record Don't Forget Where You Come From.

Zach Coffey performed his song "Over Ain't Over" while at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Zach Coffey is establishing himself as an excellent singer and songwriter. He describes his sound as Keith Urban meets Chris Stapleton, and he mixes a bit of soul with his country sounds on the sophmore release Genesis.

Matthew Fiock playing the ukulele and singing his song "Blaze" in the KETR studios.
Matt Meinke

Drawing from diverse genres like reggae, rock, and island sounds, Matthew Fiock is a breath of musical fresh air out of Sulphur Springs.

Matt Meinke (left), James Henderson (center) and Jeff Ryan (right).
KETR

Fans of early alternative rock with fuzzy bass lines, soaring synths and atmospheric vocals should take note of the new Dallas band MOTORCADE. Their debut, self-titled LP on Idol Records is a brilliantly produced new take on a retro sound.

Josh Giles (right) and Matt Meinke at Notably Texan headquarters.
Carinne Manning

Josh Giles is taking his lifelong passion of music to the next level. He studied music at University of North Texas, he's been refining his craft through workshops, and he just produced a new single in Commerce with Brad Davis.

Tom McElvain performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Life has taken many twists and turns for Gainseville's Tom McElvain, and he's used all those life experiences to craft the songs on his powerful new record.

Jeremy Bellamy (left) and Dave Meyers (right) performed their song "Let Me Go" at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Alloy have been fixtures on the area rock scene for more than a decade. The band recently recruited a new vocalist, Jeremy Bellamy out of Commerce, and released their latest allum "Escape The Fade."

Justin Philip Brooks performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

With a voice reminiscent of local Texas favorite John David Kent, Justin Philip Brooks comes out of the gate on his first record with great sounds ranging from country to rock and Americana.

(Left to right) Matt Meinke, BettySoo, Rebecca Loebe and Grace Pettis.
KETR

Three of Austin's finest voices have come together to form the fabulous female trio Nobody's Girl. Rebecca Loebe, BettySoo and Grace Pettis are excited to release their debut "Waterline" album later this year.

Mason Lively (left) and Matt Meinke at Notably Texan Headquarters.
KETR Staff

Victoria, Texas native Mason Lively is making a big splash on his maiden voyage. His debut record has the Americana/alt-country singer flanked by big names like Lloyd Maines and Cody Braun, and a perfect mixture of country and rock sounds.

Mathew Tuttle performed live songs during his visit to KETR.
Matt Meinke

Fans of Stephen Stills, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor should take note of a talented singer/songwriter right in our backyard. Mathew Tuttle out of Scroggins is an amazing guitar picker, and his falsetto voice hits ranges some could only dream of.

Zach Nytomt performing a song at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Zach Nytomt is ready to share his latest music with Texas, and the world. Reading his last name for the first time may cause you some pronunciation anxiety (listen to our chat for a crash course), but hearing his music will feed your music loving soul.

Barton Stanley David
Matt Meinke

He cut his teeth and honed his musical skills in Dallas and Austin, before he moved to New York City with little more than a suitcase and his dreams. No, it's not a movie script; this is story so far for rising star Barton Stanley David.

(Left to right) Terry Klein, Matt Meinke and Jordi Baizan outside the KETR Studios.
Kevin Jefferies

While making their pilgrimage to the annual Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, guests Jordi Baizan from Houston and Terry Klein out of Austin visited Commerce to speak with Notably Texan.

Cover Art for Red Shahan's record Culberson County
Album Artwork by Morgan Avary | Cover Photography by Scott Slusher

Some artists from Texas take the obvious blacktop roads and make country music with the typical Lone Star buzzwords, like bluebonnets and longhorns. Others, like Red Shahan, prefer to ride the Texas dirt roads and blend in some rock, Americana and blues with their country while touching on the grittier side of life in Texas.

Gene Watson
Eric Adkins

Gene Watson's roots lie in the Paris area, spending some of his formative years in the vicinity. He went on to score major success with hits in the 1960's and 70's, and remains a towering figure in country music.

The Oak Ridge Boys at Texas A&M University-Commerce (Left to Right) Joe Bonsall, ETSU Alumni Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban.
Brittany Gryder/Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications

Texas A&M University Commerce hosted the country and gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys for the Distinguished Alumni Ceremony recognizing 1966 graduate Duane Allen.  KETR's Notably Texan was on hand for the opportunity to speak with the music icon.

Adam Fischer (left) and Hunter Glaske performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Take one part country, mix in some blues, pop, Americana and soul and you've got the makings for a unique Texas outfit such as The Hunter Rea band, who released their first full length record "Lovin' Ain't Free" earlier this year.

Bruce Robison
Kenny Braun

You don't have to be a Texas music connoisseur to have heard the songwriting of Bruce Robison, which has been popularized by the likes of George Strait, The Dixie Chicks and Tim McGraw. Robison and his wife, Kelly Willis, are returning to Greenville to perform this weekend.

Curtis and Loretta: Curtis Teague (left) and Loretta Simonet (right)
Jennifer Bong

Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet's lives have been in marital harmony for the past 30 years, and they've been making musical harmonies for the past 40 years. Curtis has roots south of Dallas, and the pair loves to visit Texas when they're away from their home in Minnesota.

(Left to right) Matt Meinke, Brad Davis and Rickey Gene Wright in the KETR studios.
Matt Meinke

Rickey Gene Wright has become a prolific songwriter, influenced by the outlaw country of his youth and the mystique of being a lifelong Texan. His latest release finds him further flexing his creative lyric chops, and establishing himself as a well rounded Americana act.

Andrew Hardin and Jeannie Burns
Ralph Varn

Both members of the duo Hardin Burns have years of experience in music: Andrew Hardin is a guitarist and producer who has worked with big names through the years, and Jeannie Burns comes from the family behind the folk group The Burns Sisters.

Calhoun singer Tim Locke performing "Blinders On" at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Dallas band Calhoun's sound bridges the gap between pop and old school alternative, and features the vocal range of singer Tim Locke. They've retained the same lineup for more than 5 years, and the band mates still love writing, recording and performing together.

The Powell Brothers (Left: Blake, Right: Taylor) played an original tune live during Notably Texan.
Matt Meinke

Taylor and Blake have been making music together since they were kids in church performing with their father. They've now gone "all-in" to music with The Powell Brothers band, and are touring all across the state.

Hannah Kirby and Notably Texan Host Matt Meinke in the KETR Studios.
Jerrod Knight

She captured the hearts of television viewers on Season 8 of NBC's The Voice. Now, Hannah Kirby is refining her music and set to play a gig with the largest band she's ever assembled.

Frankie Lee (left) and Peyton Stilling (right) performing a duet at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Rising music stars Frankie Lee and Peyton Stilling each possess a youthful talent that might make you question what you were doing with your life at 15 to 17 years old. 

The Band Of Heathens (left to right) Scott Davis (bass), Gordy Quist (vocals/guitar), Trevor Nealon (keyboards), Ed Jurdi (vocals/guitar), Richard Millsap (drums)
Greg Giannukos

More than 10 years have passed since the core members first played together at an Austin nightclub, which led to the creation of The Band Of Heathens. Their fifth studio-created album, Duende, deftly mixes genres and highlights the outfit's latest evolution.

Bob Livingston
Valerie Fremin

Bob Livingston's music career spans almost 50 years. In that time, he's been a part of the Lost Gonzo Band, written songs and toured with icons like Jerry Jeff Walker, and he's been a music ambassador for the US State Department since the 1980's.

Phoebe Hunt
Nicki Gell

Touting an impressive resume of bands she's backed over the years, Phoebe Hunt's vocal and fiddle talents are primed and ready for their turn out front. Her jazz and bluegrass roots combine elegantly with Texas gypsy elements on the new Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers release Shanti's Shadow.

(Left to right) Paul Nipper, Austin Lowrance and Kristopher Schoen performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Alabama native Paul Nipper's job led him to Austin about 6 years ago. Shortly thereafter, a literal wrong turn led him to a Doug Moreland songwriters circle one night, where his passion for songwriting encouraged him to form his own band.

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