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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to all of you fine folks that I was hosting a new radio show in the Dallas area on KHYI 95.3 The Range. While I’ll be taking a break over the next couple of weeks for the holidays, I wanted to let you know about what happened on last week’s show.
Last Monday, my co-hort, Big Gus Samuelson, and I welcomed two of the areas best, young songwriters. Denton’s Isaac Hoskins and Ronnie Fauss, from Dallas, stopped by to perform a couple of songs each, and to tell us about their new releases – both of which are absolutely stellar. Hoskins, who has a solo album out, is the lead singer of The Heelers, a rocking outfit that displays just enough twang to fit into the mold of Slobberbone or even The Old97′s. Their brand-spanking new Brent Best-produced record, The Devil on your Shoulder, mixes punk and good ol’ rock with a healthy dose of poetic lyricism that would make any fans of John Prine proud. The new disc will soon be available on all of the usual electronic outlets, so keep an eye out for that.
Our other guest from Monday night was folk troubadour Ronnie Fauss. Celebrating the launch of his new website, Fauss picked tunes from his latest release, Mulligan, and also his debut EP, New Songs For the Old Frontier, Fauss came armed with not only his guitar, but a pretty sweet harmonica, as well. As much as I have enjoyed each of his three releases, I really love Mulligan, as he stretches out a bit, in comparison to his other records. One of the two songs he played for us, “Wish,” is the standout track, and displays a great bit of sarcastic bitterness that’s subversive, thanks to the tunes sweet sound.
I know it’s hard to always be on the lookout for new stuff, and to get into regional artists that arent regularly trumpeted on radio or in the various local tabloids, so, please, take this as a helpful hint and get to looking these fellas up!
Kelly Dearmore is a freelance writer, mean pot of chili maker and opinionated music lover. To read more about what Kelly is listening to, visit him here on The Squawker weekly or daily on his personal music blog, The Gobblers Knob