As a P1, I’m happy to report that Danny Balis, producer for The Hardline, probably the longest-running radio sports-talk show in North Texas, on Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, will be joining Fort Worth indie-pop rockers Calhoun on bass –– former bassist of two years Nolan Thies is relocating from North Texas to New York City.

In a press release, the other four Calhoun guys say they “could not be more excited to have not only a great all-around musician but such a good friend picking up where Nolan left off.”

Balis isn’t new to the scene. Co-frontman of the popular C&W outfit The King Bucks, he has backed such esteemed North Texas musicians as Doug Burr and Salim Nourallah and was vital to one of Dallas’ most beloved defunct indie-rock bands, Sorta. In 2009, Balis released his debut solo recording, the critically acclaimed Too Much Living. The Calhoun guys got to know him over the years through music. When the option to take him on was introduced, the choice was a no-brainer.

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