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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.)

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Dalton Domino
Charlie Stout

He has moved around over the years, but the state of Texas (Lubbock in particular) always seems to bring Dalton Domino back home. Currently based in Dallas, Domino's music career continues to flourish with the release of his sophomore album Corners.

Austin singer-songwriter Seela
Seela Misra

Seela is an example of what makes Austin music so great. She moved to Texas from Canada for a change of pace more than 20 years ago, and was drawn into the scene thanks to the warm welcome she received from surrounding music makers.

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

In memory of A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones, who passed away April 29th last year, Notably Texan visited with Jones family friend and former college schoolmate Dr. Michael Groth who recalled memorable times and some of Dan's favorite music.

Guitarist John Shelton and Singer Charlie Harrison during an in-studio song recording.
Matt Meinke

Charlie Harrison is quickly making a name for himself as a rising singer/songwriter to follow. Flanked by a talented and versatile band, Houston's Charlie & The Regrets are taking their sounds across Texas in support of their "Rivers In The Streets" album.

Alesia Lani
Ed Ziehm Photography

Austin is known for its singers and songwriters in folk and rock genres, but not as much for those creating R&B music. Alesia Lani is one of the creative artists out to change that perception with her own Texas-fried style.

Always the Alibi (Left to right) Drummer Richard Muenckler, Bassist Nick DiBiasio, Vocalist and Guitarist Henry Coke, and Lead Guitarist Matt Wilson.
Kathy Tran

The road has taken some twists and turns over the years for Dallas rock outfit Always The Alibi, but they've emerged with a new lineup, an album release and a fresh outlook on life after the lead singer's medical setbacks.

(Left to right) John Dufilho, Matt Meinke and Brandon Carr outside the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

Seasoned Texas performers John Dufihlo and Brandon Carr have made names for themselves as members of bands like The Deathray Davies and The Earlies, respectively. Their new collaboration is Corner Suns, whose self titled album just released on Idol Records.

DC Bloom
Valerie Fremin Photography

D.C. Bloom was once a speech writer for Fortune 500 Companies and the FBI,  but found inspiration to relocate to Texas and refocus his words into songs after a visit to The Kerrville Folk Festival.

Robert Earl Keen
Darren Carroll/ Darren Carroll Photography

Robert Earl Keen's musical road truly does seem to go on forever, as entailed in the lyrics to one of his synonymous songs. His campy, 1994 "Merry Christmas From The Family" song grew a life of it's own, and became a seasonal tour for the Houston native.

Bill Kirchen
Cliff Goldfarb (Used by permission from Red House Records)

"Hot Rod Lincoln" was the song that put Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen on the map in the 1970's, a time which guitarist and singer/songwriter Bill Kirchen recalls fondly. Now a solo artist, Bill has lived in Austin since 2011 and just reunited with musical partner Austin De Lone on their new Transatlanticana album.

Zane Williams playing a song live during Notably Texan in the KETR Studios..
Matt Meinke

Zane Williams offers something unique with his take on country music: an authentic sound to his lyrics, an honest approach to traditional C&W sounds that's not flashy or overproduced, and a genuine throwback to his old-school influences.

Susan Gibson
Todd V Wolfson

Life has taken many twists and turns for Wimberly singer/songwriter Susan Gibson. She toyed with the notion of being a park ranger for a time, before realizing the songs she'd been writing were good - so good that The Dixie Chicks picked up the Gibson penned song "Wide Open Spaces" and turned it into the title cut for their 1998 Grammy award winning record.

Lisa Loeb
Justine Ungaro

Music fans of the 1990's will no doubt recall the huge hit for Dallas native Lisa Loeb called "Stay (I Missed You)."  More than 20 years later, that platinum selling song is still a fan favorite at her shows.

Jeremy Bellamy performing live in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

A lifelong love of music has inspired Commerce resident Jeremy Bellamy to pursue his dreams of writing and singing original songs. His young voice already sounds like that of an established rocker: powerful, gritty and full of energy. Bellamy is also learning to collaborate on music with other artists, namely the members of his newfound Garland band Livirian.

Omarr Awake
Bettina Crews

Citing influences such as Stevie Wonder and Jamiriquai, Omarr Awake creates music infused with pop,  soul and jazz elements. His creative songwriting mind has been toiling away on new compositions during recent years as a backing musician. Now, he's back on the road as a solo artist and looking ahead to an upcoming recording session.

Band founder Ray Benson (Fourth from left) and the current Asleep At The Wheel lineup.
Mike Shore

Asleep At The Wheel has a lifetime history of making country music their way. They've released 20 studio albums, received 9 Grammy Awards, and exert an unrivaled passion for western swing that has brought them together on recordings with the likes of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Robert Earl Keen and Kat Edmonson.

(Left to right) Upright bass player Gavin Kelso, fiddle player and vocalist Katie Glassman, and lead singer and rhythm guitarist Joey McKenzie.
Ben Bohorquez

In the tradition of music pioneers like Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Tex Williams and Spade Cooley, Joey McKenzie's band The Western Flyers are proudly carrying the western swing torch into a new era.

Carl Finch (front left) and the 2015 members of Brave Combo.
Jane Finch

"Brave" hardly begins to describe the guts it takes to perpetuate music that's outside the normal, but that's precisely what Denton's Brave Combo has been doing for more than 35 years.

Lynn Adler (left) and Lindy Hearne (right) performing live in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

From the friendly confines of their adopted home in Pineview, Texas, Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne nurture and cultivate original music at their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm. Their brand of "Texas Folk"  pulls from influences as wide-ranging as jazz, bluegrass, blues and even world music. Add the duo's vocal harmonies, and you've got a unique Texas treasure called Adler & Hearne, whose latest album Simpatico contains 24 tracks of positive vibes.

Amanda Shires
Josh Wool photographer, used courtesy of the artist and Thirty Tigers Marketing

Texas native Amanda Shires has a voice like an angel, but she can also song write and sing like a demon.  The juxtaposition between her soft, sweet tones and the intensity of her lyrics is often striking, and her fiddle licks add even more flavor to the sound scape.

Eric Taylor
Alwyn Spence

Grammy and Emmy nominated Texas singer-songwriter Eric Taylor is no stranger to music, with his first album release in 1976. Since then, he's had his compositions recorded by the likes of Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. Eric is currently embarked on a string of Texas tour stops, including shows in Ravenna, Dallas and Ft. Worth.

Matt Meinke (left) and Cole Risner outside Binnion Hall at A&M-Commerce.
Jerrod Knight

Greenville Native Cole Risner continues to turn heads with his latest album Better Man. Opting for more of an Americana sound, Cole recruited Hayes Carll's guitarist Travis Linville to co-produce the album, which features guests like John Pedigo from Dallas' The O's, and fiddler Heather Stalling, wife of Max Stalling.

(Left to right) Mary Gauther, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson on the "Three Women And The Truth" tour.
Used by permission from the Val Denn Agency

Grammy-nominated songstress from Austin Eliza Gilkyson is no stranger to music, cutting her first demos as a child for her father Terry Gilkyson. Her folk and Americana compositions have been recorded by names like Bob Geldof and Roseanne Cash, and she's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Christian Sparks playing guitar and singing during a live performance at Notably Texan Headquarters.
Matt Meinke

Making new, original songs, influenced by folk singers of this and former generations, is the specialty of rising talent Christian Sparks. Over the past few years, he has transitioned from alt-rocker to "Shakey Graves-esque" crooner, and the future looks bright for this enterprising young man.

Lincoln Durham
Robyn Von Swank

When you mix a one-man band with the twisted mind of a manic preacher, and throw in vintage and custom stringed instruments, you get Texas' own Lincoln Durham. Volatile, often shadowy, lyrics, paired with punk infused electric blues sounds, help set him apart from the pack.

Kimberly Dunn
Matt Conant

Kimberly Dunn has come a long way since marching as a saxophone player with the A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Band in College Station. After graduating in 2011 on her 23rd birthday, Dunn devoted herself fully to her budding music career and released her debut EPs.

Matt Meinke and Hannah Kirby pause for an obligatory selfie at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Hannah Kirby, former contestant on NBC's "The Voice,"  is still riding high on the motivation and fan boost she received from her television experience. Her debut Fire In My Soul album continues to garner the talented Sulphur Springs resident some much deserved attention.

Cameran Nelson performing live.
Bling Johnson

A relative newcomer to the Texas music scene, Cameran Nelson pulls from his life experiences to create his brand of Texas country. He has lived across the state: everywhere from the Gulf Coast, to Northeast Texas, and his current home in the Hill Country, and he's always counting down to the next live show.

Rickey Gene Wright playing a tune live on Notably Texan.
Matt Meinke

Rickey Gene Wright has been writing original music in Texas for most of his life, but didn't make it a priority until he learned that one of his songs was being played by others in Nashville bars. His band has since released their debut album, and are working on more material.

Christopher Holt performance in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

It's been a while since anyone has heard new music  from the versatile Christopher Holt, but he's been quite busy. Since his last album release in 2010, Holt has taken on the role of touring guitarist with the legendary Don Henley, and recorded a ton of new material which became the double-album release Stargazer on the newly formed State Fair Records in Dallas.

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