Music Feature

Hollywood Shuffle

Local sax-man Johnny Reno has spent a lifetime in music, from all angles.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Looking back on a career that has spanned about 30 years, Johnny Reno marvels at his enviable good fortune and wily approach to the music business.


Dream Weaver

Arlington singer-songwriter Beth Wood’s nighttime visions have led her to success and a new album.
JIMMY FOWLER
More than a dozen years ago, musician Beth Wood was your typical student struggling to earn a degree in literature from the University of Texas.



Rocky Mountain High

Back from Colorado, folk-rock singer-songwriter Daniel Katsük has newfound energy and … new bandmates.
CAROLINE COLLIER
When local folk-rocker Daniel Katsük decamped for Boulder, Colo., a year ago, he was looking forward to a new start.


Scorched Earth

Contemplating the Wasteland is heady – and brilliant – business for Calhoun.
ANTHONY MARIANI
We are survivalists. Quickly and accurately, we must use our eyes and ears (and sometimes noses) to separate the people who will happily pick us up from the airport from the people who will de-pants us in public from the people...



Flying Solo

Local R&B-rock quartet Soulever Lift finds a middle ground between Christian and secular, contented and poor.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Admittedly, the four members of Soulever Lift realize they’re just another local band following every possible avenue to achieve some sort of success in the independent music market.


Gonna Fly Now

With her new album, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Elizabeth Wills intends to inspire listeners rather than bum them out.
JIMMY FOWLER
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Wills recently relocated to her hometown of Fort Worth after a few years working a non-musical gig in the gorgeous mountain city of Aspen, Colo.



He Loves Fort Worth

Owen “Boomer” Castleman has played with the greats and is still kickin’.
ERIC GRIFFEY
If the video game Guitar Hero had only songs written and performed by Texas music legends, it’s a good bet that one song by Owen “Boomer” Castleman would be unbeatable.


Connected

Local upstarts Fusion Records bring know-how and a murderer’s row of talent to the forefront of Fort Worth music.
JOSHUA LOEWEN
To get where they are now, as the heads of a recently founded full-service indie label, twentysomethings Zaq Bell and Jarrett Vamvakidis have been through a lot of twists and turns, from local music to semi-pro baseball and a f...



The High Life

A new album and another tour of Europe are on tap for Fort Worth fuzz-rockers Blood Of The Sun.
Justin Press
Imagine, if you will, that all rock music stopped being made after 1975. No new wave, no thrash, no indie, no lo-fi, no ’80s glam, no alternative nation.


Tearing up Roots

Fort Worth singer-songwriter Collin Herring’s Past Life Crashing has been a long train running and a long time coming.
ANTHONY MARIANI
For a few months a couple of years ago, Collin Herring’s home court was the Aardvark, a popular rock bar by the campus of Texas Christian University.