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Playlist: Texas Music Scene

Compiled By: Live From The Divide

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Enjoy artists from a wide eclectic mix of folk, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, Western swing, and honky tonk primarily based out of the Texas & Oklahoma region.

Live from the Divide - Ray Wylie Hubbard

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:31

Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard on the Live from the Divide stage in Bozeman, Montana.

Ray2_-_240_small With a keen eye of observation and a wise man’s knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard is responsible for dozens of songs that couldn’t spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile rock'n'roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. With a discography that spans over four decades, Ray now plays the part of elder statesman for the Texas music scene with his focus always remaining on the song - constructing and performing stories set to music that resonate in a way that is completely his own.

Live from the Divide -Shane Smith & The Saints- EP 640

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:34

Play just the first 10 seconds of “The Mountain,” which opens Geronimo, the latest and most ambitious release from Shane Smith & The Saints. Robust a cappella, four-part harmonies set the stage for a saga of family tragedy, a young son’s revenge and a blaze burning eternally in a Pennsylvania mine. The vivid lyrics, powerful vocals and thumping four-beat drums throughout this song are reason enough for lovers of creative roots music to celebrate.
From their home base in Austin through performances across the country (17 states) and abroad (Ireland), these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly to their musical and lyrical convictions. They’ve defied audience expectations by delivering incendiary shows, each one ignited by the band’s ability to unleash, feed from and feed back the energy of the crowd — in spite of the fact that they don’t fit easily into any musical category

Live_from_the_divide_-shane_smith___the_saints_small Play just the first 10 seconds of “The Mountain,” which opens Geronimo, the latest and most ambitious release from Shane Smith & The Saints. Robust a cappella, four-part harmonies set the stage for a saga of family tragedy, a young son’s revenge and a blaze burning eternally in a Pennsylvania mine. The vivid lyrics, powerful vocals and thumping four-beat drums throughout this song are reason enough for lovers of creative roots music to celebrate. From their home base in Austin through performances across the country (17 states) and abroad (Ireland), these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly to their musical and lyrical convictions. They’ve defied audience expectations by delivering incendiary shows, each one ignited by the band’s ability to unleash, feed from and feed back the energy of the crowd — in spite of the fact that they don’t fit easily into any musical category

Live from the Divide - Jason Eady - EP 617

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:02:04

Jason Eady ​- this Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist merges his distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots- oriented sound that starkly showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting.
I wanted to make a music where, if the power went out, we could still sit down and play all the songs the exact same way,” says Eady, who points out that steel guitar is the only electric instrument featured in this current lineup..
Despite its subtle approach, Eady’s music radiates a warm vitality that’s got much to do with Eady’s gift for nuanced yet unaffected slice-of-life storytelling. “I’ve always been drawn to writing that’s got a simplicity to it, where you’re digging deep into real day-to-day life,” he notes. Here, that means touching on such matters as turning 40, his daughter’s growing up and going off to college, and the everyday struggle to “embrace the messy parts of life instead of trying to get the point where you’ve somehow fixed all your problems”

Jelftd_small Jason Eady ​- this Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist merges his distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots- oriented sound that starkly showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting. I wanted to make a music where, if the power went out, we could still sit down and play all the songs the exact same way,” says Eady, who points out that steel guitar is the only electric instrument featured in this current lineup.. Despite its subtle approach, Eady’s music radiates a warm vitality that’s got much to do with Eady’s gift for nuanced yet unaffected slice-of-life storytelling. “I’ve always been drawn to writing that’s got a simplicity to it, where you’re digging deep into real day-to-day life,” he notes. Here, that means touching on such matters as turning 40, his daughter’s growing up and going off to college, and the everyday struggle to “embrace the messy parts of life instead of trying to get the point where you’ve somehow fixed all your problems” ​

Live from the Divide -Sunny Sweeney - EP 512

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:13

Sunny Sweeney
True to her Texas honky-tonk roots, Sunny Sweeney has never been a singer of what you’d call “soft” country songs — the kind you might turn to for easy comfort , you better believe she’s not about to start playing coy now.
The recurring themes in that story should be familiar to anyone well versed in the classic country cannon: temptation, cheating, adultery, divorce, broken hearts, carrying on despite all of the above. —Sweeney’s singing it all from first-hand experience, and she’s not always singing from the perspective of an innocent victim, either. Sunny Sweeney makes it clear, she’s done making excuses, both for the damage done and for holding herself back from embracing a second chance at love and happiness. The end result may surprise listeners as much as it did Sweeney herself

Img_5713_small Sunny Sweeney True to her Texas honky-tonk roots, Sunny Sweeney has never been a singer of what you’d call “soft” country songs — the kind you might turn to for easy comfort , you better believe she’s not about to start playing coy now. The recurring themes in that story should be familiar to anyone well versed in the classic country cannon: temptation, cheating, adultery, divorce, broken hearts, carrying on despite all of the above. —Sweeney’s singing it all from first-hand experience, and she’s not always singing from the perspective of an innocent victim, either. Sunny Sweeney makes it clear, she’s done making excuses, both for the damage done and for holding herself back from embracing a second chance at love and happiness. The end result may surprise listeners as much as it did Sweeney herself

Live from the Divide - Mike and The Moonpies

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 55:06

Austin, Texas' premier honky-tonk band, Mike and The Moonpies on Live from the Divide.

Mike_small Austin, Texas' premier honky-tonk band, Mike and The Moonpies on Live from the Divide.

Live from the Divide - William Clark Green - EP 623

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:15

William Clark Green is definitely no stranger to the music scene; he knew at the ripe age of 13 that he would embrace his passion and work vigorously in order to make a name for himself. As a 7th grader with substantial ambition, he began receiving guitar lessons and spending free time with his cousin writing music and bouncing ideas off of one another. Green draws inspiration from his personal musical hero Willis Allan Ramsey, and his work ethic from his father both men have fond memories of a Young William Clark Green with a guitar in hand.
While attending college at Texas Tech University, Green played for a live audience whenever he could and steadily gained notoriety on the Texas music scene. He credits the Blue Light in Lubbock as his unofficial home, where he spent many nights honing on his craft and gaining a loyal army of followers.
. At this rate, the sky is the limit as everyone waits to see what William Clark Green has up his sleeve next.

Wcg_small William Clark Green is definitely no stranger to the music scene; he knew at the ripe age of 13 that he would embrace his passion and work vigorously in order to make a name for himself. As a 7th grader with substantial ambition, he began receiving guitar lessons and spending free time with his cousin writing music and bouncing ideas off of one another. Green draws inspiration from his personal musical hero Willis Allan Ramsey, and his work ethic from his father both men have fond memories of a Young William Clark Green with a guitar in hand. While attending college at Texas Tech University, Green played for a live audience whenever he could and steadily gained notoriety on the Texas music scene. He credits the Blue Light in Lubbock as his unofficial home, where he spent many nights honing on his craft and gaining a loyal army of followers. . At this rate, the sky is the limit as everyone waits to see what William Clark Green has up his sleeve next. ​

Live from the Divide - Band of Heathens - Part 1 - EP 501

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:58

Known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, Austin's Band of Heathens performs the first of two shows on Live from the Divide.

Img_2494_small Known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, Austin's Band of Heathens performs the first of two shows on Live from the Divide.

Live from the Divide - The Derailers

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 52:26

Austin, Texas based Derailers bring their unmistakable Bakersfield sound to the Live From The Divide stage.

Derailers1-m_small In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, The Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor. Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music.

Live from the Divide - Band of Heathens - Part 2 - EP 502

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 54:18

Known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, Austin's Band of Heathens performs the first of two shows on Live from the Divide.

_dsf8251__1__small Known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, Austin's Band of Heathens performs the first of two shows on Live from the Divide.

Live from the Divide -Zane Williams - EP 636

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:49

Bringin' Country Back" is more than a catchphrase for Zane Williams. It is a rallying cry for a return to authenticity and substance in mainstream country music, and a fitting title for his sixth studio album. "I think of country music as poetry for the common man," he says reflectively. "The stories that draw you in, the simple truth stated in a way you wish you could've said...there's an honesty to country music songwriting that totally grabbed me the first time I heard it."
That plain-spoken, down-home honesty has now become the calling card for Zane's career,. "I just love country music, and I don't want to see it fall by the wayside," he says. "I wanted to create a laid-back, old-school country songs that folks could listen to on the back porch with the sun going down. It's nothing fancy, but it's real." And isn't that what country music should be?

Zane_williams_small Bringin' Country Back" is more than a catchphrase for Zane Williams. It is a rallying cry for a return to authenticity and substance in mainstream country music, and a fitting title for his sixth studio album. "I think of country music as poetry for the common man," he says reflectively. "The stories that draw you in, the simple truth stated in a way you wish you could've said...there's an honesty to country music songwriting that totally grabbed me the first time I heard it." That plain-spoken, down-home honesty has now become the calling card for Zane's career,. "I just love country music, and I don't want to see it fall by the wayside," he says. "I wanted to create a laid-back, old-school country songs that folks could listen to on the back porch with the sun going down. It's nothing fancy, but it's real." And isn't that what country music should be?

Live from the Divide - Paul Cauthen - EP 509

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:02:12

Paul Cauthen stared into the vintage microphone at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, trying to keep his composure. The former co-leader of the alt-country band Sons of Fathers had a lot on his mind — after all, he was standing on hallowed ground and about to record “As Young As You’ll Ever Be,” a personally painful song that would become the centerpiece of his forthcoming debut solo album, This barrel-chested baritone found himself staring into the same microphone once used by Aretha, Etta and god knows who else — doing his damndest keep his emotions in check. We were going for timeless. We were going for righteous. Those were the two words that we focused on while we were recording,”

Pclftd_small Paul Cauthen stared into the vintage microphone at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, trying to keep his composure. The former co-leader of the alt-country band Sons of Fathers had a lot on his mind — after all, he was standing on hallowed ground and about to record “As Young As You’ll Ever Be,” a personally painful song that would become the centerpiece of his forthcoming debut solo album, This barrel-chested baritone found himself staring into the same microphone once used by Aretha, Etta and god knows who else — doing his damndest keep his emotions in check. We were going for timeless. We were going for righteous. Those were the two words that we focused on while we were recording,”

Live from the Divide - The Dirty River Boys

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 56:24

From El Paso, The Dirty River Boys bring their Rio-spanning mix of rock, country and Tejano to the Live from the Divide stage.

Drb_small From El Paso, The Dirty River Boys bring their Rio-spanning mix of rock, country and Tejano to the Live from the Divide stage.

Live from the Divide - Uncle Lucius - EP 623

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:05

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Uncle Lucius are a band whose rootsy blend of classic rock, blues, soul, and country flavors has won them a loyal fan following. The Uncle Lucius story begins in 2002, when Kevin Galloway, then a 25-year-old who had played guitar for years and grew up on classic country tunes, decided he was tired of living in East Texas and chasing a career in banking. Wanting to pursue his love of music with bassist Hal Vorpahl, guitarist Mike Carpenter, Drummer Josh Greco the lineup of Uncle Lucius was complete, and the band was soon playing for packed houses at Austin legendary venues like the Saxon Pub, Threadgill's, and Antone's. And begin touring around the country ...

Ul_small Hailing from Austin, Texas, Uncle Lucius are a band whose rootsy blend of classic rock, blues, soul, and country flavors has won them a loyal fan following. The Uncle Lucius story begins in 2002, when Kevin Galloway, then a 25-year-old who had played guitar for years and grew up on classic country tunes, decided he was tired of living in East Texas and chasing a career in banking. Wanting to pursue his love of music with bassist Hal Vorpahl, guitarist Mike Carpenter, Drummer Josh Greco the lineup of Uncle Lucius was complete, and the band was soon playing for packed houses at Austin legendary venues like the Saxon Pub, Threadgill's, and Antone's. And begin touring around the country ... ​

Live from the Divide - Walt Wilkins - EP 618

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:00

This week A very special episode celebrating Songwriter, performer, and music producer Walt Wilkins
San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius, more than once, and a writer the caliber of John Steinbeck and his voice as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans, His crafting of story-songs, hard-edged vocals to sing them and a plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene (and Nashville before that).
Walt Wilkins is one of those artists who can only be fully understood through a grasp of his entire body of work, which is substantial. He emerges as a man of wisdom, a beacon for the rest of us, maybe even a healer.
As a music producer Walt Wilkins has shared his hard earned wisdom and Craft on many recordings by new and veteran artists .... too many to count.
Ladies and gentlemen we are proud to present the 300th recorded episode of Live from the divide featuring the amazing Walt Wilkins

24131098_1478397315611596_6272847970030076171_n__1__small This week A very special episode celebrating Songwriter, performer, and music producer Walt Wilkins San Antonio-born Walt Wilkins has been called a genius, more than once, and a writer the caliber of John Steinbeck and his voice as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans, His crafting of story-songs, hard-edged vocals to sing them and a plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene (and Nashville before that). Walt Wilkins is one of those artists who can only be fully understood through a grasp of his entire body of work, which is substantial. He emerges as a man of wisdom, a beacon for the rest of us, maybe even a healer. As a music producer Walt Wilkins has shared his hard earned wisdom and Craft on many recordings by new and veteran artists .... too many to count. Ladies and gentlemen we are proud to present the 300th recorded episode of Live from the divide featuring the amazing Walt Wilkins ​

Live from the Divide - Dale Watson

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:10

Flying the flag for true honky-tonk, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars light up the Live from the Divide stage.

Dale_small Flying the flag for true honky-tonk, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars light up the Live from the Divide stage.

Live from the Divide - ​Jack Ingram - EP 606

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:33

​Jack Ingram was born in Houston, Texas. He started writing songs and performing while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
Jack Ingram began his music career singing at a privately owned bar near the TCU campus of Fort Worth, Later, during the early 1990s, Jack toured the state of Texas opening for Mark Chesnutt and other acts. His first release was his self-titled album in 1995 with an appearance on Austin city limits-,
When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997, that he’d been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music for more than a decade, and that as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’d been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys.

20769930_1380320932085902_1134375923541895614_n_small ​Jack Ingram was born in Houston, Texas. He started writing songs and performing while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Jack Ingram began his music career singing at a privately owned bar near the TCU campus of Fort Worth, Later, during the early 1990s, Jack toured the state of Texas opening for Mark Chesnutt and other acts. His first release was his self-titled album in 1995 with an appearance on Austin city limits-, When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997, that he’d been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music for more than a decade, and that as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’d been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys.

Live from the Divide - ​American Aquarium - EP 538

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:35

​American Aquarium For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it's a blessing. American Aquarium's songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there's a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there's the chance of a broken heart. It's that kind of honesty — it's that sort of balance —American Aquarium

15873524_1164749973643000_3890274230804247785_n_small ​American Aquarium For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it's a blessing. American Aquarium's songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there's a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there's the chance of a broken heart. It's that kind of honesty — it's that sort of balance —American Aquarium

Live from the Divide -Jason Boland - EP 519

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:10

Jason Boland is one of the leading lights in the Red Dirt scene, a grassroots movement that mixes honky tonk, outlaw, and contemporary country, and is powered by constant touring. The Red Dirt sound has two homes, Texas and Oklahoma, and Boland and his band the Stragglers hail from the latter., but Boland has insisted from the outset that they're a honky tonk outfit straight out of the country & western tradition.

_dsf2383__1__small Jason Boland is one of the leading lights in the Red Dirt scene, a grassroots movement that mixes honky tonk, outlaw, and contemporary country, and is powered by constant touring. The Red Dirt sound has two homes, Texas and Oklahoma, and Boland and his band the Stragglers hail from the latter., but Boland has insisted from the outset that they're a honky tonk outfit straight out of the country & western tradition.

Live from the Divide - R.L Hayden- EP 643

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:35

Growing up with access to his father's large and diverse record collection, Hayden was drawn to Merle Haggard and George Jones. He began performing on the honky tonk scene around his hometown of Pleasanton while still in his teens, putting together his first band as a high school senior and putting together demos. A demo landed in the hands of fellow Texas musician Robert Earl Keen, who signed Hayden to a deal. Hayden completed an album of original material and covers by artists like Billy Ray Shaver and Tom Waits. Keen chose to launch his own record label, Rosetta Records, to issue Hayden's debut in 2002. Hayden won praise from many quarters who felt that the twenty-two year old singer had a bright future ahead of him due to his appreciation for the past.

Rlh_small Growing up with access to his father's large and diverse record collection, Hayden was drawn to Merle Haggard and George Jones. He began performing on the honky tonk scene around his hometown of Pleasanton while still in his teens, putting together his first band as a high school senior and putting together demos. A demo landed in the hands of fellow Texas musician Robert Earl Keen, who signed Hayden to a deal. Hayden completed an album of original material and covers by artists like Billy Ray Shaver and Tom Waits. Keen chose to launch his own record label, Rosetta Records, to issue Hayden's debut in 2002. Hayden won praise from many quarters who felt that the twenty-two year old singer had a bright future ahead of him due to his appreciation for the past.

Live from the Divide -Shinyribs - EP 517

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:02:38

Shinyribs is an American country-soul, swamp-funk band from Austin, Texas.
Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. . His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank meets Teddy Pendergrass. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party.

_dsf2088_small Shinyribs is an American country-soul, swamp-funk band from Austin, Texas. Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. . His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank meets Teddy Pendergrass. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party.

Live from the Divide -The Hot Club of Cowtown- EP 518

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:56

The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away”

13615337_1002627039855295_2682468903242268264_n_small The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away”

Live from the Divide - Bonnie Bishop - EP 505

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:14

Bonnie Bishop:
After a long career of touring and performing bar gigs, Bishop took a break back home in Texas. She went to graduate school for creative writing as a way to refresh herself after many years on the road. While studying for her Masters degree, award-winning producer David Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) called her after hearing some demos. Convinced Bishop should be singing soul music, Bonnie is singing about stepping away from your past, redefining your present and gearing up to chase down a better, brighter future ...

14516588_1863419287224070_6328442236315149048_n_small Bonnie Bishop: After a long career of touring and performing bar gigs, Bishop took a break back home in Texas. She went to graduate school for creative writing as a way to refresh herself after many years on the road. While studying for her Masters degree, award-winning producer David Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) called her after hearing some demos. Convinced Bishop should be singing soul music, Bonnie is singing about stepping away from your past, redefining your present and gearing up to chase down a better, brighter future ...

Live from the Divide - Wayne “The Train” Hancock -EP 504

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:42

Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing - that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. ""Artists like Wayne “The Train” Hancock aren’t just singing those songs—they’re living them just like many of us."

Img_3235_small Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing - that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. ""Artists like Wayne “The Train” Hancock aren’t just singing those songs—they’re living them just like many of us."

Live from the Divide -The Buffalo Ruckus - EP 638

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:18

Texas southern soul/Americana band The Buffalo Ruckus took its first “boot-stomping rhythms, howling vocals, and spear-in-the-back guitar leads” in 2013 towards their overall objective: Spread the Ruckus. The next year, they released their debut self-titled album and won both the Shiner Rising Star and the Texas Music Showdown. Since then, they have performed on the nationally syndicated Troubadour, TX television show, at Billy Bob’s and the House of Blues, plus a number of music festivals across the nation

The_buffalo_ruckus__small Texas southern soul/Americana band The Buffalo Ruckus took its first “boot-stomping rhythms, howling vocals, and spear-in-the-back guitar leads” in 2013 towards their overall objective: Spread the Ruckus. The next year, they released their debut self-titled album and won both the Shiner Rising Star and the Texas Music Showdown. Since then, they have performed on the nationally syndicated Troubadour, TX television show, at Billy Bob’s and the House of Blues, plus a number of music festivals across the nation

Live from the Divide - Whiskey Shivers

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:44

Austin’s Whiskey Shivers burns up the Live from the Divide stage with bluegrass-fueled Americana for the punk generation.

Whiskeyshiversbioabout1_small Austin’s Whiskey Shivers burns up the Live from the Divide stage with bluegrass-fueled Americana for the punk generation.

Live from the Divide - Quiet Company

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:51

Texas rockers Quiet Company make some noise on the Live from the Divide stage.

Qc3_small Texas rockers Quiet Company make some noise on the Live from the Divide stage.

Live from the Divide - Kevin and Dustin Welch

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:44

Father & son...Kevin and Dustin Welch share the stage on Live from the Divide.

Kevin_dustinwelch_3_2012_small Father & son...Kevin and Dustin Welch share the stage on Live from the Divide.

Live from the Divide - Possessed by Paul James

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:21

Konrad Wert...aka Possessed by Paul James...brings his one-man magical mojo to the Live from the Divide stage.

Ppj1_small Konrad Wert...aka Possessed by Paul James...brings his one-man magical mojo to the Live from the Divide stage.

Live from the Divide - T-Bird and the Breaks

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:54

From Austin, T-Bird and the Breaks bring funky swagger & a melting pot of styles to the Live from the Divide stage.

T-bird-the-breaks-2_small From Austin, T-Bird and the Breaks bring funky swagger & a melting pot of styles to the Live from the Divide stage.

Live from the Divide - The Damn Quails

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:25

Cultivating a Covey of Bozeman fans, The Damn Quails bring their Oklahoma folk-rock to the Live from the Divide Stage.

Damnquails4_small Cultivating a Covey of Bozeman fans, The Damn Quails bring their Oklahoma folk-rock to the Live from the Divide Stage.

Live from the Divide - Cody Canada & The Departed - Part 1

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 54:11

Cody Canada & The Departed...part 1 of a two part performance on Live from the Divide.

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Cody Canada was 16 years old when he arrived in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He found a creative nirvana of musicians who planted seeds that would stay with him for the rest of his life.  "I got turned on to it all and it’s stayed with me ever since.” As front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed for fifteen years, Cody tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart. When Cross Canadian Ragweed decided to part ways, Cody resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music...

Nowadays, Cody Canada & The Departed continues to hit the road hard with music that rocks, shimmers, and simmers...

Live from the Divide - Sam Riggs - EP 627

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:01

When Sam Riggs chose to follow his dream of being a professional musician, picking up and leaving his native Florida, he had a decision to make: Nashville or Austin. He ultimately elected to settle in the Texas capital, citing its reputation as an incubator for original talent. Since then, he formed Sam Riggs and the Night People and released his full-length debut, 2013’s Outrun the Sun.
It’s a Red Dirt record, full of wide-open ballads and mid-tempo country-rock, with songs about taking leaps of faith, overcoming shattered hearts and letting go. All the while coloring outside the lines with more than a few shades of Riggs’ influences — including Garth Brooks and Riggs’ mentor, Texas country rebel Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Live from the Divide - Cody Canada & The Departed - Part 2

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 50:57

Cody Canada & The Departed return for part 2 of their performance on Live from the Divide

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Cody Canada was 16 years old when he arrived in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He found a creative nirvana of musicians who planted seeds that would stay with him for the rest of his life.  "I got turned on to it all and it’s stayed with me ever since.” As front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed for fifteen years, Cody tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart. When Cross Canadian Ragweed decided to part ways, Cody resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music...

Nowadays, Cody Canada & The Departed continues to hit the road hard with music that rocks, shimmers, and simmers...

Live from the Divide - Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 53:57

Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay on the Live from the Divide stage in Bozeman MT.

Brennan_small Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart and humor. This dynamic songwriting duo based out of Austin, TX know a thing or two about songwriting.  Brennen Leigh's songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, and the Carper Family among others. In addition, she has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill and David Olney. Noel McKay was discovered by songwriting legend Guy Clark in 1993 while performing his songs at a venue in Kerrville, Texas. Clark's mentorship has been a key component to Noel's success as a songwriter. In the 2000s Noel had several regional hits across the state of Texas with his brother Hollin McKay in the band McKay Brothers. 

Live from the Divide - Verlon Thompson

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 52:41

Professional songwriter and traveling troubadour Verlon Thompson shares his accounts of life growing up in Oklahoma and his days as producer and side-man for the iconic Guy Clark.

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Songwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb. Add Verlon Thompson to that list. Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Live from the Divide - Shinyribs

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:50

Shinyribs--the band & the man Kevin Russell--on Live from the Divide in Bozeman MT.

Shinyribscolorguitar_thumb_small Shinyribs Russell is known as the front man of the Austin TX musical combo, The Gourds. Born in Beaumont TX, he found his calling in the biker bars of Louisiana at the tender age of seventeen playing a hybrid of loud country blues rock and psychedelic swamp jangle. In a fit of wanderlust, Russell began performing solo shows under the pseudonym Shinyribs as early as 2006 - and has since been honing the project into one of the most interesting roots music experiences around. Stylistically it pulls from the spectrums of great American music; Country, Gospel, Funk and a dollop of earnest poetry in the middle of it all...

Live from the Divide - Hayes Carll

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:53

Hayes Carll brings his maverick country-folk style of songwriting to the Live From The Divide stage.

Hayes-carll1_small Hayes Carll is an odd mix.  Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Like so many Texans before him, there’s no agony in the ecstasy – just the wonder of capturing the perfect character in song.

Live from the Divide - Jason Eady

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:10

Texas singer/songwriter Jason Eady brings his special brand of honky tonk and traditional country music to the Live From The Divide stage.

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Live from the Divide - Midnight River Choir

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:18

Texas-based Midnight River Choir performs on Live from the Divide.

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Live from the Divide - Houston Marchman

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 53:58

Houston Marchman brings his Texas blend--country, folk and blues, spiced with polka and conjunto--to the Live from the Divide stage in Bozeman, Montana.

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The driving force behind Houston Marchman is his ability to translate real life into music. Having spent his formative years soaking up the sights and sounds of America’s heartland, Marchman received his first guitar at the age of 5 and was influenced by his musical grandfather and poetic grandmother Today he continues to produce music both poetically humble and musically complex, creating music that honestly and vividly portrays life mixing the sounds of country, Texas folk, polka, conjunto and blues.

Described as a charming and passionate person, Marchman is filled with humorous accounts and boundless energy. He connects with audiences wherever he plays. His fans love the honesty of his music as well as his smoky character-filled voice. Marchman explains his philosophy of writing this way: "The point is not to be creative but to be accurate in your experience and therefore you will be creative. Don't write what you think listeners want to hear, write what you know."

Live from the Divide - Sons of Fathers

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 52:27

Sons of Fathers join us on the Live From the Divide stage.

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Though Sons of Fathers is one of Texas' most talked-about emerging artists, their sound is generations in the making. Paul Cauthen, a native of Tyler, TX began singing in the church at the age of seven and learned guitar from his preacher grandfather. David Beck was raised in San Marcos, TX where, as a youngster hanging out on tour buses and in studios, he witnessed the ups and downs of the music business from an early age.

The catalog they've written reflects elements of all their most righteous influences. Be it a country shuffle reminiscent of Robert Earl Keen, an Americana folk song steeped in the lyrical weight of Bob Dylan, or a genre-bending tune recalling the Beatles, Sons of Fathers possess something unique -  not only timeless, but a timely reminder of how great music can be.