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All of the award nominations and kind words for Calhoun’s record Heavy Sugar are insanely deserved. The song featured above was one of the five songs nominated for “Song of the Year” in the Dallas Observer Music Awards. the Ft. Worth-based act has long been a great indie band, but this record gave them a pristine guitar-pop vibe that lent accessibility without sacrificing the band’s overall character.

Ft. Worth has certainly got this festival thing figured out. For those who maybe unaware, Ft. Worth’s Mayfest and Main St. Arts Festival are among the states (the country’s??) greatest outdoor and family friendly weekends of good-times, without question.

A relatively new one has been added to the docket, and judging from the line-up, it’s a good bet to join the ranks of great festivals that Ft. Worth will boast about to other, less-festival savvy neighbors for years to come.

What began as Jazz by the Boulevard a few years back has now blossomed into a multi-genre two day event with a bill that tips its hat to the festival’s jazz roots, as well as caters to indie-kids, frat boys and rockers who arent exactly in the prime of their youth any longer.

For a second, let’s try not to focus on the scrumptious offerings form the fleet of food-trucks that will be offering goodies to festival attendees. Let’s just talk about the musical offerings. Notable north-Texas acts, several of which have been discussed here on Best of Texas, such as Calhoun, Oil Boom, Seryn, Telegraph Canyon, The Orbans and John David Kent will prime the outdoor audiences for national touring headliners like Dawes (harmonic folk-rockers from California), Lucero (gritty cow-punks from Memphis) and the resurrected Meat Puppets (psych/punk/alt-rock pioneers now living in Austin) will join the likes of Kermit Ruffins (New Orleans king of swing and a regular on HBO’s Treme) and even Marica Ball will be on hand to close out the fun on the various stages over Friday and Saturday night.

Don’t Forget to check-out the after-party scene, too. Our personal favorite? the Friday night schedule at Lola’s where Johnny Corndawg, Robert Ellis and The King Bucks will each offer a different version of classic country sounds. 

WHAT: Ft. Worth Music Festival

WHEN: Sept 30 – Oct 1

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center in Ft. Worth’s Historic Museum District.

WEBSITE:   http://www.fwfest.com/

OK, here it is! We’ve been telling you about some of our favorite new Texas-bred music for a while, now, but here we are, ready to let you hear it, all in one nice, tidy podcast!

The first Best of Texas Music Podcast (Catchy name, huh?) featires six groovy tunes by some of our favorite artists that have recently been featured here on The Squawker. No need to make it too terribly complicated. Click on the player below and get to listenting.

Below that is the line-up of this inaugural episode, along with the minute markers each tune begins at…

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Best of Texas Music Podcast – Episode 001

  • Bumbling Intro from Kelly: ……….0:01
  • Monahans - “Seabirds”: …………..1:50
  • Descender - “Armor”: ……………..5:15
  • Calhoun – “Hey Mystery”:…………..9:38 (Blog post on them coming soon!)
  • Kelly’s Needless Comments:………12:31
  • Javi Garcia & The Cold Cold Ground - “VooDoo Queen”:……….14:42
  • Bonnie Whitmore - “You Gonna Miss Me”:……….19:08
  • Here Holy Spain - ”New Bones to Break”:………….23:26
  • More Needless Comments to Close Podcast:……26:06 

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By the time the next episode rolls around, you’ll be able to download it for free from iTunes and all that good stuff. For now, just click on it above and enjoy, please.

If you’re in a band and want your tunes featured here, or you want to suggest a band for me to get onto the podcast, email me at kelly.dearmore@bestoftexas.com.