Gus Samuelson Plans to Get Spiritual with New Project Sinner Man

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"Big Gus" Samuelson and Sinner Man debuted last month at the Allgood Cafe

For years now, "Big Gus" Samuelson has been as busy a musician as can be found in North Texas. Whether he's playing with his longtime band Swampadelic or flying solo, Samuelson, who also works as a DJ on KHYI 95.3 FM (we even gave him an award for it!), currently has at least three residencies in progress: On Monday night, Swampadelic play at The Free Man in Deep Ellum, which is a fine fit for their Cajun-inflected country rock. On certain Wednesday nights, Hard Rock Cafe in downtown is where the group can be heard. Thursday nights are when Samuelson flies solo and gets to mix it up a bit at Espiritu, a cozy wine bar in Frisco, where he usually has a fellow songwriter join him for some singin' and sippin'.

But keeping busy with a busy band isn't enough for the native of Louisiana who once served as Merle Haggard's tour manager in the early 1980's.

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Crystal Yates Chased Her Country Music Dreams from Florida to McKinney

The cover of Crystal Yates upcoming EP, I Believe.

As a child growing up in the tiny town of Niceville, Florida, McKinney transplant and country singer-songwriter Crystal Yates couldn't avoid the twangy sounds of country music even if she had wanted to. "My mom says I could sing 'Why Don't You Love Me' by Hank Williams before I could say my ABCs," explains the powerfully-voiced, dark-haired singer.

Although the classic canons of Merle Haggard and George Jones had been memorized in her younger days as she also began delving into the work of Shel Silverstein, it was her first musical purchase of an early Whitney Houston album that laid out the roadmap of classic country storytelling and bold vocals that she's followed ever since.

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Pat Green Releases Lyle Lovett Duet, "Girls From Texas"

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Pat Green Playing Last Year at Grand Opening for The Rustic in Dallas.

Texas country kingpin Pat Green is also a Fort Worth resident, Dallas restaurant owner and a heck of a live performer. He can now add "Lyle Lovett duet partner" to that list of titles with the release of a new song, "Girls from Texas." Save from his admirable 2012 collection of cover songs, the Texas Tech alum often credited with helping make the Texas Country boom a lot louder in the late 1990's hasn't had new music to show off since 2009's oily slick What I'm For, which was also his last album with BNA Records.

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Eli Young Band Announce Second-Annual House Party at Globe Life Park

Hello, Our Name is Eli Young Band and We Like To Party.

Last year Denton's Eli Young Band packed country into Globe Life Park in Arlington for the first installment of its cheekily named House Party concert. Last night Young and company revealed their plans for the follow-up at the home of the Texas Ranger, which will be held Novemeber 8. This year, though, the event is growing, as another massive show to be held a week later at the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park.

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Oaktopia Is Back, and It's Way Bigger

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Ed Steele
Oaktopia 2013

Last year, first-time Denton festival Oaktopia delivered on content but not so much on attendance. As Aaron Ortega reported in November, the largest crowd was 200 or so, for the mighty Del the Funky Homosapien. You might suppose a festival that drew such a modest crowd last time would scale back a little bit, especially given the preponderance of music in Denton at any given time.

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Gas Monkey Live Makes Play For Mid-Size Dallas Venue Gap

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The current set-up at the outdoor section of Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

The weird entertainment complex loop at the corner of I-35 and Northwest Highway is one of northwest Dallas' stranger places to visit. Not quite Bachman Lake, not quite Harry Hines, and not quite Irving, it's in a vortex all of its own. Technology Boulevard, as this loop is called, is marked by a handful of chains and a few businesses that seem to fail and re-start every year or so.

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Bukkake Moms Bring The Chronic To The East Coast

Whatever you do, don't Google this band's name.

Rick Eye, one of the newest members of Bukkake Moms, remembers the first time he played with the band he joined in 2013. Fans tend to throw all sort of crazy things to performers while they're on stage. That night Eye got to experience objects getting thrown at him, but it wasn't quite what he had in mind.

"While we were playing our song 'Scrotum Caught in a Propeller' for 30 minutes straight, this guy threw his whiskey glass at me and then he threw his Grammy at my face." Eye jokes about publicly shaming that person in this interview but he decided he wants to keep the name off the record. The only clue we can give you is that his attacker is the violin player from the band Seryn. "He was just drunk, there were people cheering us on and some people wanted us to get us off. We played for another 15 minutes," Eye says.

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The Phuss Stream Tracks from Upcoming Record, On the Prowl

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Courtesy of Phuss Facebook Page

There's a new album coming down the pipe from Fort Worth punk band the Phuss, who recently signed with Albany, New York record label Magnetic Eye Records. And while the record, which will be titled On the Prowl, won't get it's official release until September 16, the band has whetted our appetites for what's to come by streaming a couple new tracks on their Bandcamp page.

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Jacob Furr Debuts Heartbreaking "Falling Stars" Video


Fort Worth's Jacob Furr has been on an intense journey these past couple of years. While he's certainly been a well-traveled troubadour, spending a great deal of time in California after moving from here a few years ago, it's safe to say that his geographical wandering isn't what has impacted him the most. Last year, the folk-rock veteran mined depths most of us fear, yet rarely have to face directly when his young wife, Christina, died of cancer. Furr mourned as he wrote his beautiful album, Trails and Traces, which is scheduled to be released in September.

"Faling Stars," the new album's lead single, has been given the video treatment, and it's of little surprise that it's as stunning as the song itself is.

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David Allan Coe Cancelled His Dallas Show Due to Having to "Perform Outside"

Courtesy of Venue's Facebook Page

Last night, just before his scheduled performance at the Gas Monkey Bar and Grill in Dallas, so-called "outlaw" David Allan Coe packed his rebel flag-adorned equipment and hit the road, leaving venue staff angry and fans perplexed.

According to a message from Gas Monkey's GM Alex Mendosa posted to the venue's official Facebook page at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, it was Coe who pulled the show's plug, leaving the venue and a hearty crowd in a bind.

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