Because music in the town where Mr. Buddy Holly himself is from just has to be good
Considering my recent move it seems only apropos to pay homage to the talent that was in my previous city. While Lubbock and west Texas in general is usually assumed to have a plethora of mediocre Texas country bands (true) and the average gaggle of Wrangler clad men singing about trucks and girlfriends gone by with an exaggerated twang (also true), there was an alarming amount of musical talent that extended past the country stereotype. I personally have to applaud the musicians there for being independent enough to establish themselves and their pursuits to hone their talents in a city that is more or less thoroughly lacking in culture and support of local music. I’m fortunate enough to have gotten to know a good number of the people in these following bands and while my pitches about them may be mildly biased, there’s no disputing the talent that rocks out in Lubbock, Texas.
The honest truth about One Wolf is that there’s no way you can listen to their music and not feel happy and like it genuinely relates to something that you’ve encountered at some point. There is a sense of beautiful melancholy to the lyrics laced with indisputable hope that’s “brighter than the sun,” if you will. They’ve played with Deer Tick and proceed to gather reviews from across the country when they are able to leave the humble city of Lubbock and tour but, like so many Lubbock bands, don’t get near enough accolades for the legitimately good music they consistently churn out. The creativity and entertaining live presence that lead singer Daniel Markham and his crew possess make for an amazing blend of classic rock & roll with a sound that is purposefully all their own. You can buy their new CD One Wolf II: Secret of the Wolf and see them live at one of these tour dates.
Thrift Store Cowboys
I’m a pretty big fan of thrift stores. I am wary of cowboys. If there was ever a cowboy I would trust it would be a thrift store one. Thrift Store Cowboys is again one of those bands where you listen to their music and feel legitimately happy. It’s not just that the music itself is happy, but the emotion that it’s able to evoke from me is of genuine happiness and that’s a tricky thing to accomplish. Founded in 1999, their resume is fairly stacked and yet, their music has stayed genuine, diverse and overall true to their esteemed unique sound. Like their comrades in One Wolf, their live shows are full of energy, charisma and west Texas charm no matter how many cowboys (and girl) are packed on a less than adequately sized stage. Be on the lookout for their newest album this coming fall, buy their CD’s here and check them out on their tour dates this summer.
This girl manages to wrangle a solo career and is the charming fiddle player in Thrift Store Cowboys. She’s tiny and yet has a voice that makes any female in the room sufficiently envious who wasn’t fortunate enough to be born with the firecracker vocals she contributes to both. Pardon my girlishness while I applaud here on her killer boot collection too…straight up fabulous. Catch her on tour and purchase her music here.
A bit newer to the Lubbock scene but totally killing it is Elephant Armor. Tons of talent and totally worth keeping an eye on.
“Too country for punk, too punk for country.” Fact: Their song “All Hail West Texas” basically sums up living in Lubbock more eloquently than I ever could. It covers all your bases from the roaming prairie dogs to the overall lack of culture that we got ourselves stuck in. Moshing at their shows is standard procedure and you’ve never seen a mosh pit until you’ve seen Charlie in a skirt initiating it.
Others to check out:
Surprised? There’s two choices out there.
1. Make dust angels that the wind will promptly destroy in about two minutes OR
2. decide what you love and utilize your time and lack of entertainment venues to further it…
or if you’re me and were born musically challenged yet appreciative, you go watch and it makes Lubbock not so bad.