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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.)

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Founding member and vocalist/violinist of The Hot Club of Cowtown, Elana James, joined Matt Meinke for a chat during Notably Texan.

Lauren Shafer

Riding rock n' roll like a "Sandworm," Arlington's The House Harkonnen turn the notion of traditional Texas music on its head.

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Vince Lujan has led his group, The Vince Lujan Project, through more than 12 years of recording and gigging around Texas, which is no small feat for a self-sustaining band.

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Icons Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman recently conducted a Texas Herbal Radio Network tour live from Willie's bus, chatting about a passionate topic for the two Texans - Pot.

The legalization of marijuana, the cultivation of hemp, and the potential benefits to Texas' small farmers were the main topics of discussion.

As the host of Notably Texan,  I jumped at the opportunity to speak briefly with these two legends about their favorite green, leafy subject.

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Independent artist Emily Elbert released her 4th album last year, and she maintains a steady touring schedule all over the country to support her music. Emily joined Notably Texan before her performance in Sulphur Springs on Thursday night.

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Danny Barnes has made a name for himself as an unclassifiable artist whose skills on the banjo are unrivaled.

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The nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were recently announced, and Texas artists make up a large portion of the group once again.

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Terri Hendrix phoned in to Notably Texan Wednesday from her home in San Marcos to talk to Matt Meinke about music, house concerts, her Own Your Own Universe endeavor, dogs, gardening, and Lloyd Maines.

http://twostarsymphony.com

Members of Two Star Symphony strive to bring modern instrumental music to new audiences, writing and performing unique, dark ethereal soundscapes which are ideal for a film soundtrack.

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Some bands form when individuals discover their love for a common type of music: country, rock, etc. Other bands find that their members' drastically different backgrounds can meld into a unique sound all their own, as is the case with Bois D'Arc Bash headliners Blue Twenty2's.

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Texas country crooner Jack Ingram takes the stage Saturday, September 21, at 10 P.M. as part of the Rally 'Round Greenville fall festival, and as he makes plans to visit northeast Texas, he took a little time to chat with Notably Texan host Matt Meinke and KETR's Jerrod Knight.

Sara Hickman's talents appear limitless: singer, songwriter, artist, mother, activist; and her accolades include Former Texas State Musician. Sara joins Matt Meinke for an in-depth discussion on the Notably Texan Feature Interview.

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In the grips of the Depression, times were very tough for the country in 1931. Farmers were offered a fraction of the worth for their goods, and some found no other option to make ends meet than home-brewed white lightning.

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Northeast Texas music artists Bryson Moore and Chase Rippy recently joined Matt Meinke on Notably Texan to discuss their craft.

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Hot on the heels of their recent category win at the Commerce Idol competition, Commerce band Casting Shadows see a bright future ahead.

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The Dallas native describes her sound as "Soul/Folk/Jazz," and has self-released three albums since graduating from college.

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Cas Haley takes time out of his busy touring and recording schedule to chat with Matt Meinke during KETR's Spring Membership Campaign.

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Pull up a peg-leg and hear a fable of high-seas adventure, as Grandpa weaves a yarn of hornswaggling  and swashbuckling at sea.

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Proponents and players of the Appalachian Dulcimer stop by the studios to spread the word about their favorite instrument.

The Recording Academy (www.grammy.com)

The Governors' Texas Music Office has released a list of 27 Texas born-or-based acts who received a total of 36 Grammy nominations.

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A California couple is still adjusting to life among Texans, after recently moving to the Lone Star State. Hear their exploits in the latest edition of the "Fish Out Of Water" series.

Cole Risner Facebook Page

Between his focus on studies at A&M-Commerce, and the recent release of his debut EP, Cole Risner keeps plenty busy these days.

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