Dig deeper into the Texas Music Scene at Rattle Inn's new summer-long series
Who’s the next big up-and-coming act in the Texas Music Scene? KVET (98.1 FM) is teaming up with the Rattle Inn to bring the scene’s burgeoning acts to the heart of West Sixth for a special summer-long showcase.
The summer series began on June 27 with John David Kent and continues through mid-August, introducing a nice mix of Texas artists to the stage each week. Acts range from country-rockers, Thieving Birds (a local country DJ favorite), to Curtis Grimes, who was featured on the first season of The Voice alongside Austin soul songster, Nakia.
While the Texas Music Scene series means you can get a close look at who’s on the Lone Star music horizon, it's more than just a hometown show for these bands on the rise. Each act is also battling it out for a spot on The Texas Music Scene with Ray Benson television show. Since its large-scale debut in October, TMS has grown its viewership to more than 300,000 viewers per episode, meaning big exposure for some under-the-radar bands.
“Stuck In Memphis” and “Hey, Leigh” are nice harmony-heavy, accessible grooves with all the necessary country elements: steel guitar, raspy voices and boozey lyrics.
Each week, you can check out a new band, then hop online to vote through KVET’s website for the act you think deserves the national spotlight. Part of the lineup is out, but the final three spots are still under wraps.
Here’s a quick preview of the announced bands that will be taking the Rattle Inn stage to represent the Texas Music Scene.
If you tune into KVET on a normal basis, chances are you’ve heard a couple of the rock-country band's singles. “Stuck In Memphis” and “Hey, Leigh” are nice harmony-heavy, accessible grooves with all the necessary country elements: steel guitar, raspy voices and boozey lyrics.
William Clark Green's music-making career began with Monday night barroom gigs in the dust bowl of Lubbock, TX. The Red Dirt singer recently released "Catch Me When I Fall," featuring Texas scene stalwart, Josh Abbott, with whom he is currently touring.
You may have caught Curtis Grimes on last summer's blockbuster talent show, The Voice. He charmed his way into the quarterfinals of the show, but is now back in the Texas touring rotation. Grimes' style is heavy on Nashville influence: drinking tunes that are highly thematic with catchy hooks.
Ryan Beaver has been part of Austin’s country-leaning singer/songwriter current for years. In support of his sophomore release, Constant, Beaver has been on a cross-country trek, but he’ll head home to play Rattle Inn, bringing with him a style that remains true to the pure "Texas Country" sound.
You can catch the Texas Music Scene series each Wednesday through mid-August at Ray Benson's The Rattle Inn. The show kicks off at 9 p.m.