Author: Preston Jones

The Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival aims to make the local music scene more inclusive

Jackie Venson, seated, holds a black electric guitar and smiles off to her left

The third annual Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival (FWAAMFest, for short) kicks off at noon Saturday inside the Southside Preservation Hall. Billed as the only festival of its kind in the country with this specific focus — old-time, jug band, early blues and jazz music, predominantly, and which is Black-led and showcases Black… Read more »

Dallas’ The Dirty Shirts return with funky new single, “Heart Attack”

The Dirty Shirts, against a red backdrop, face the camera

There’s a vivid sense of propulsion underpinning the Dirty Shirts’ latest single, “Heart Attack,” which makes total sense — this is not a band content to rest on its laurels. The new track, co-produced by Jeff Saenz, is illustrative of the elastic sonic boundaries the Dallas band affords itself — disco-dusted, laced with gritty guitars… Read more »

More North Texans making some noise at South by Southwest 2023

North Texas is making a ferociously strong showing at the music portion of this year’s South by Southwest, which kicks off Monday in Austin, and continues through Sunday. More than 35 artists, from Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton and Arlington are descending upon the capital city for official showcases (and a great many more playing unofficial day… Read more »