Music Feature
Bill Werngren (left) and James Michael Taylor hang out in the Stockyards. Courtesy Jeannette Stewart

Swedish Message

A DJ travels across the Atlantic to experience his passion: Texas Music.
JEFF PRINCE
A radio DJ giving airplay to some of the state’s most overlooked artists seems particularly fond of pickers in the Fort Worth area, meaning under-the-radar kind of guys like Austin Allsup and James Michael Taylor get heard re...


Having just released their third album, Whiskey Folk Ramblers are preparing to hit the road.

Ramblin’ Men

The Lonesome Underground ain’t your father’s Whiskey Folk Ramblers.
JIMMY FOWLER
Although it’s been three years since Whiskey Folk Ramblers’ last long-player, … And There Are Devils, the North Texas quintet’s patented John Steinbeck-meets-Tom Waits atmospherics are fully intact on the alt-Americana ...



Southern rock and old-timey country get all wrapped up in Phil Hamilton’s tuneage.

Road Renegade

For Phil Hamilton, touring somewhat constantly has its ups. And downs.
JIMMY FOWLER
A few years ago, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Phil Hamilton did what a lot of people dream of: He quit his lucrative day job as a construction contractor, sold his truck and house in Burleson, and became a full-time musicmaker....


Guitarist McGlathery: “I can see in people’s faces before we start playing — they think we’re gonna play something they don’t want to hear. And then they’re up stomping and clapping their hands.”

Strung Up

Big City Folk pump out bluegrass that’s pure of heart but rock ’n’ roll in spirit.
JIMMY FOWLER
For a lot of people, the twangy sound of bluegrass conjures cozy images of family, old-time religion, and downhome celebrations. But for Luke McGlathery, lead guitarist and singer-songwriter for the Fort Worth quartet Big City ...



Left Arm Tan’s focus is on “quality content,” not necessarily touring or gigging.

NPR + PBR

Left Arm Tan’s sophomore album manifests Alticana.
JIMMY FOWLER
A lot of musicians think their music can become oversimplified or even misrepresented by labels such as “alternative” and “independent.” While none of the four members of Fort Worth’s Left Arm Tan likes to be pigeonho...


Too high for North Congress: Fort Worth Southern punks The Longshots stopped pedestrians in their tracks. Matt Mabe

South By Recap

A Fort Worth muso brings back a report from the frontlines.
MATT MABE
The traffic. The lines. The overpriced food-truck fare. The nonstop day-drinking. The huge crowds. The anxiety I feel every year before South By Southwest often unsettles me to the point of nausea. It really is a lot to take in...



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Killer or Filler?

Experimental music abounds in ye olde towne of cow.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
New Media Recordings’ self-titled compilation Playing in a workaday indie band in a workaday indie city like the Fort, you’ve got to have a sense a humor. Ask some indie-rocker what he’s doing before his show, and he’ll...


Stone Machine Electric’s self-titled debut is ominous and brutal.

Killer or Filler?

There’s a lot of music happening in this region, including sophisticated rock and doomy sludge.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Stone Machine Electric’s Stone Machine Electric Chroniclers take note: If you’ve been keeping track of doom metal’s resurgent popularity over the past five years or so, you might want to look a little more closely at Nort...



ManIAm

Killer or Filler?

From the Fort come a DIY singer-songwriter album and a valentine to South America from FWSO.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
James Michael Taylor’s Man That I Am By all rights, the ultra-prolific Fort Worth singer-songwriter-actor-eccentric James Michael Taylor should be one of those local artists who’s taken for granted. With more than 500 songs...


Fort Worth pop-jazz-blues singer-songwriter D. Anson Brody will release a song a week for a year.

D. Anson Brody: A Song a Week for a Year

ANTHONY MARIAN
Now that major record labels have become the sole province of mega-stars, local musicians are coming up with creative ways to release new music. For example, instead of putting out an album per year or less frequently, the root...