CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 2

Bare bones desert folk from El Paso's Dirty River Boys

Bare bones desert folk from El Paso's Dirty River Boys

Name: Dirty River Boys

Featured track: "Carnival Lights"

Country/City of origin: El Paso, Texas

Genre: Folk

In one sentence: From the heart of the Texas desert, this foursome mixes harmonies and lighthearted folk tendencies with rusty, dusty lyrics deeply rooted in western tradition.

Why we chose them: This band does "Texas" right, without falling victim to the stereotypical country/folk sound. The Dirty River Boys' music is hauntingly timeless, speaks to a modern audience, while honoring "working class" and "outlaw" music of the past.

SXSW official shows: Tuesday, March 12 at Whitehorse; Wednesday, March 13 at Blackheart