Troubaderos Kill At White Elephant Battle Of Bands

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Posted March 2, 2011 by Jeff Prince in Blotch
KHYI "THE RANGE" RADIO PERSONALITY BRETT DILLON (second from right) CONGRATULATES THE TROUBADEROS (photo by Jeff Prince)

KHYI 95.3 "THE RANGE" RADIO PERSONALITY BRETT DILLON (second from right) CONGRATULATES THE TROUBADEROS (photo by Jeff Prince)

An eclectic Americana band that’s only been playing together for about a year impressed the crowd and the judges at the Texas Music Showdown with Brett Dillon last night at the White Elephant Saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The Troubaderos beat out the rocking Blu Swayze band and the rawbones rodeo sound of Eric Beatty in Week 3 of the competition.

I’ve served as a judge frequently ever since the Texas Music Showdown began six years ago, and the Troubaderos are among the more interesting bands I’ve seen competing. They’re not really country or rock, but a mixture of sounds that veer between roots, indie rock, folk, blues, whatever. Music is always hard to explain. You just got to hear it for yourself.

You can catch The Troubaderos at 9 pm Friday at Filthy McNasty’s in the Stockyards.

MY FELLOW JUDGES (from left to right) BRETT DILLON, WINDING ROAD MUSIC'S RICK LOVETT, AND SALOON MANAGER JASON TIGHE (photo by Jeff Prince)

MY FELLOW JUDGES (from left to right) BRETT DILLON, WINDING ROAD MUSIC'S RICK LOVETT, AND SALOON OVERSEER JASON TIGHE (photo by Jeff Prince)

I ran into Stockyards minstrel Brad Hines at the saloon and got a kick out of his new hairdo, which I dubbed The Dutchboy. It’s a cross between Tom Petty and that guy in “No Country For Old Men.”

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EQUALS THIS! BY THE WAY, THAT'S HINES' BASS PLAYER LOUIS WRIGHT WITH HIM. (photo by Jeff Prince)

EQUALS THIS!

By the way, that’s Hines’ bassist Louis Wright in the photo with him. Wright plays a mean six-string bass, and he’s also a champion-caliber Diet Coke drinker. He totes around a mug┬áthe size of a pony keg, and he keeps it filled with Diet Coke. He said he got in the habit of carrying a huge mug with him when he was playing three-hour gigs in steamy New Orleans without a break. Sometimes the long period of time combined with the┬ámass quantity of soft drink led to the inevitable.

“I’d say, ‘play the pee song,’ which was ‘American Pie,’ ” he recalled. That song’s long, slow opening section doesn’t require a bass part, giving Wright a few minutes to sprint to the john.

LOUIS WRIGHT NOT ONLY GUZZLES DIET DR PEPPER BY THE PONY KEG, HE EVEN WEARS THE SHIRT (photo by Jeff Prince)

LOUIS WRIGHT GUZZLES DIET COKE BY THE PONY KEG AND SPORTS A DR PEPPER SHIRT — GIVE THAT DUDE AN ENDORSEMENT DEAL ALREADY! (photo by Jeff Prince)


2 Comments


  1.  
    whoosh

    Anything else in that mug?




  2.  
    jeff.prince

    Wright said he only drank booze one time in his life — it was back in college and it made him so horribly ill that he has never tried a drop of alcohol since.





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