Local Music Exchange: The Ericksons and Oil Boom

Every day this week at noon, listen for the Local Music Exchange on KXT! Weโ€™re sharing local music with The Current, a non-commercial music station in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Every day, we’ll hear a local band from Minnesota along with an artist from here in North Texas. We’ll be adding a new post each day this week featuring that day’s artists, so check the KXT Music Blog regularly.

Monday: Strange Names and Dead Flowers


The Ericksons

KCMP Pick: The Ericksons – “Gone Blind”

Minneapolis duo The Ericksons – sisters Bethany and Jennifer – have a compelling style of indie-folk music rich with sounds from acoustic guitars, banjo, string bass and vocal harmonies. The Ericksons’ debut album Middle of the Night, recorded in a basement studio in Brooklyn, exhibits The Ericksons’ soulful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics.


Oil Boom

KXT Pick: Oil Boom – “Great American Shakedown”

On their six-song 2011 debut EP, Black Waxy, this North Texas trio unleashed a gritty throwback to the blues-rock yore of yesteryear, earning the proverbial thumbs-up from music critics and increasing their fan base in the process. A lineup change led to guitarist Ryan Taylor assuming lead vocal duties, and drummer Dugan Connors was joined in the rhythm section by bassist Steve Steward. The updated version of Oil Boom retains the gutsy garage swagger of its previous incarnation, but adds a stronger emphasis on the quirky pop influences of its band members.