Author: Preston Jones

Get ready for the Chicks’ first North Texas gigs in six years with these songs

The Chicks face the camera

Few other Texas-bred acts inspire visceral reaction — positive or negative — as The Chicks. When the band announced its first substantial tour dates in five years earlier this year, there was simmering outrage around the fact that the trio (Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire) hadn’t scheduled any stops in their home state.… Read more »

For the Kimbell’s 50th anniversary, rising star Abraham Alexander comes home to Fort Worth

Amid the heady swirl of the last few months — signing to Dualtone Records, touring nationally as an opener for artists like Mavis Staples, Black Pumas and Ani DiFranco, preparing his debut album for release — there’s a quote in which Abraham Alexander finds solace. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Going and coming back… Read more »

Listen up to these North Texas artists on Bandcamp Friday

Snarky Puppy stands outside, facing the camera

It’s time once again for Bandcamp Friday. If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s pretty straightforward: To help musicians amid the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic, the streaming platform Bandcamp instituted “Bandcamp Friday,” a day where the company forgoes its revenue share in order to pass on to bands an average of 93 percent of… Read more »

Why music pros like Robert Ellis and Jimi Bowman are calling Fort Worth home

Jimi Bowman, wearing glasses and a hoodie, faces the camera

Austin might have the mystique as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but when it comes to musicians, cities and the state of Texas, it’s hard to argue against Fort Worth’s momentum. Consider the fact that the North Texas city was the first to be designated by the Texas Music Office as a “Music-Friendly… Read more »

Oak Cliff-formed Luna Luna prepares to “Get Loud with KXT”

Luna Luna faces the camera

While it might seem so on its face, for Luna Luna’s vocalist and co-producer Kevin “Kavvi” Gonzalez, sharing a bill with Joshua Ray Walker feels like coming full circle. “I used to actually go to open mics at Opening Bell [Coffee], and I saw him perform there a couple times,” Gonzalez said from a recent… Read more »