Dirty River Boys – “Carnival Lights” from Compound Productions, LLC on Vimeo.

Who doesnt love stumbling onto something new? I’ve read a bit about this trio from El Paso recently, and wouldn’t you know? I clicked over to their website and the above video was waiting for me to view. Good stuff. These guys are a part of what is an encouraging trend of young, “Red Dirt” acts that have a distinctive roots emphasis. Which is better than the Def Lepperd leanings that many young Red Dirt rockers are displaying these days.

In fact, for those in the Dallas area, this holiday weekend, the Dirty River Boys will be teaming up with the Turnpike Troubadours for a killer holiday-themed show at The Southside Music Hall in Dallas.

Dirty River Boys – “Road Song” from Compound Productions, LLC on Vimeo.

Even though it’s only been open for a few months, The Texas Music Theater in San Marcos has become one of the prime venues in the state for catching a show. Ever since the venue hosted this year’s Lone Star music Awards, it’s booked great acts and has garnered rave reviews.

Recent shows from Kasey Chambers, Micky & The Motorcars, among others have given the dancehall a high-profile, to be sure.

The history of the venue is an interesting one, also. The theater’s official website states that “the theater was built in 1941 and opened as the Plaza Theater. The building was remodeled in 1958 as a movie theater with two screens and renamed Holiday Theater. Most recently, it was a venue called Gordo’s that featured live music from new acts such as Blue October. Over the years, thousands of area residents and students at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University-San Marcos) have ventured through its doors to be entertained.”

So, next time you and a bunch of your friends are making a road-trip to or through the Hill Country, give the calendar to the Texas Music Theater a good look!