KETR

Texas singer-songwriter

James Cook performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Great music comes from all parts of Texas, and James Cook is representing Witchita Falls in style. His album Tall Tales Of A Brown Buffalo contains a wide range of genres from Americana to southern rock to jazz, infused with his soaring, raspy vocals.

Cassandra Elese (right) and guitarist/co-songwriter Abraham Freshwater (left) with Matt Meinke at Notably Texan Headquarters.
KETR

Cassandra Elese grew up in Austin influenced by records from Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, inspiration that she carried all the way to her debut EP "Honesty" which puts her powerful pipes and positive vibes on full display.

Ramey performed his song "Run Away With Me" live on KETR.
Matt Meinke

Tony Ramey spent more than 15 years in Nashville as a hired songwriting gun. Eventually the music industry changed and it was time for a change of scenery, and now he and his family call Northeast Texas home.

Gary Kyle played his father's vintage guitar on his song "Chapter 2" live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Texas' own Gary Kyle is hitting it big with his new release American Flags, which is being played on more than 150 stations outside of Texas. The Houston native is excited to make new fans and spread his music beyond the Texas border.

Jeff Warren Johnston (left) and Ben Balmer (right) performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

It is not everyday that a Texas music show receives a country record which really stands out and shines as something unique, but that's exactly what Notably Texan found in the Undiscovered Country release by Austin's Jeff Warren Johnston.

Tiger Darrow played cello and performed her song "Need Me" in the KETR studios.
Matt Meinke

Tiger Darrow is a young woman with a ton of talents. She acts, sings, music produces, plays multiple instruments, and already has a reputation for making music the way she wants to. Her move to New York City eight years ago proved that Texas couldn't even contain all her talent!

The Real Deal

Apr 15, 2019
Kevin Deal performing live at KETR
Matt Meinke

Kevin Deal is both a stonemason and Weston volunteer firefighter, yet he still finds time to moonlight as a singer-songwriter. He's been recording and releasing his blend of country and Southern rock music for 20 years, and his latest record is The Long Road Home.

Terry Klein performed his song "Anika" during his visit to KETR.
Matt Meinke

In the short time since he and his family transplated to from Boston to Austin, Terry Klein has already drawn praise from Texas music royalty like Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell. His new record "Tex" shows off his compelling lyrics and unique sound.

Host Matt Meinke with Adrian Johnston in the KETR Studios
KETR

Dallas singer and songwriter Adrian Johnston has only been releasing music for the past few years, but she has already gained a following of music fans who appreciate her strong voice and strong stage presence.

Jon Stork playing live in the KETR Studios
Matt Meinke

Following an unfulfilling experience in the corporate business world, Jon Stork decided it was time for a new plan that involved his passion for music. His debut 2017 EP In Your Radio took off on its own, and pushed the Houston singer-songwriter to keep at it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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