Troubador TX And Guthrie Kennard Debut Sunday

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Posted September 23, 2011 by Jeff Prince in Blotch
FORT WORTH'S GUTHRIE KENNARD IS FEATURED FRONT AND CENTER ON THE TROUBADOR, TX ARTIST BANNER

FORT WORTH'S GUTHRIE KENNARD IS FEATURED FRONT AND CENTER ON THE TROUBADOR, TX ARTIST BANNER

A new docu-reality TV series examining the unpredictable lives of musicians in the Texas Music scene will feature a couple dozen artists over 22 episodes. And based on last night’s red-carpet premiere, Fort Worth’s own Guthrie Kennard might just turn out to be the star of the show.

Troubador, TX debuts Sunday night, Oct. 2, on KTXA Channel 21.

Kennard is featured front and center on the Troubador, TX website, and he gets face time during Episode 1, which serves as a comprehensive look at the Texas Music industry and a set-up to the upcoming season. The next 21 episodes will focus on the travels — and travails — of a couple-dozen Texas singer-songwriters.

KENNARD WITH BLACKTOP GYPSY GUITARIST STEVEN COOPER. (photo by jeff prince)

KENNARD WITH BLACKTOPGYPSY GUITARIST STEVEN COOPER. (photo by jeff prince)

The cameras absolutely adore Kennard’s worn-out face, gravelly voice, shock of tangled hair, and comedic timing, and he’ll be featured more extensively in upcoming episodes. Fort Worth violinist Marian Brackney performs with Kennard and will get screen time as well.

Last night they played songs with other Troubador, TX artists at a red-carpet premiere at Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, a cool and cozy venue with lots of mojo.

MARIAN BRACKNEY AND GUTHRIE KENNARD RELAX AFTER THEIR SET AT THE KESSLER THEATER LAST NIGHT. (photo by jeff prince)

MARIAN BRACKNEY AND KENNARD RELAX AFTER THEIR SET AT THE KESSLER LAST NIGHT. (photo by jeff prince)

Episode 1 of Troubador, TX suffers from over-analysis, too many interviews with industry types, and frequent intrusions by narrator Stacy Dean Campbell. But when the program gets rid of the talking heads and simply focuses on an artist’s everyday life with cameras rolling, the show soars.

Episodes 2-22 should be fascinating.

ZANE MILLER KILLED THE CROWD WITH HIS ORIGINAL SONG "PABLO AND MARIA"

ZANE WILLIAMS SLAYED THE CROWD WITH HIS ORIGINAL SONG "PABLO AND MARIA" (photo by jeff prince)

SAN ANTONIO'S STEPHANIE URBINA JONES WILL GET PLENTY OF CAMERA LOVE ON TROUBADOR, TX.

SAN ANTONIO'S STEPHANIE URBINA JONES SHOULD GET PLENTY OF CAMERA LOVE ON TROUBADOR, TX (photo by jeff prince).

LONG, LANKY MAX STALLING MAKES GROUP PORTRAITS A CHALLENGE, SHOWN HERE WITH BLACKTOP GYPSY'S ANDIE KAY JOYNER (left) AND WIFE HEATHER. (photo by jeff prince)

BLACKTOPGYPSY'S ANDIE KAY JOYNER (left) AND HEATHER STALLING (SHOWN WITH HUSBAND MAX) WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN THE NEW REALITY SHOW. (photo by jeff prince)

CHACHO & BRANCE ENJOY A SMOKE BREAK OUTSIDE THE KESSLER. (photo by jeff prince)

CHACHO & BRANCE ENJOY A SMOKE BREAK OUTSIDE THE KESSLER. (photo by jeff prince)

STACY DEAN CAMPBELL DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF FILMING AND RECORDING THE ARTISTS, BUT HIS FREQUENT NARRATIVE INTERRUPTIONS MARRED THE FIRST EPISODE. (photo by jeff prince)

STACY DEAN CAMPBELL DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF FILMING AND RECORDING THE ARTISTS, BUT HIS FREQUENT NARRATIVE INTERRUPTIONS MARRED THE FIRST EPISODE. (photo by jeff prince)


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