The Reverent Few
With a sound that has thumbprints of soul, spiritual and gospel influences, along with harmonies and hard truths sung with guts and grit, The Reverent Few‘s songs echo the sentiments of survival and hope.
They name their greatest influences as their heavenly parents, Tracy Boettcher & Veronica DeChausse, and though one was a singer and one swung a hammer they enforced the importance of humility and humor, integrity, honesty and soul. They sing songs because they have to and carry on phrases some couldn’t finish. Their latest record is dedicated to their parents.
Love & Chaos
Nestled somewhere between the beauty of love and the turmoil of chaos comes the unique sound from Texas artists and long-time co-collaborators, AJ Vallejo & Kendall Beard. AJ , being voted 3-time Producer of the Year at the Austin Music Awards, teamed up with Kendall after her Idol stint recording her 2 full-length albums. The studio relationship during that period proved to be so fruitful that the powerful songwriting duo came together as a duo project to create something new with an undeniable chemistry that carries over into each and every song.
Jonathan “Jelly” Ellington is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in Austin, TX by way of the mountains of Asheville, NC. His vocals are smooth and soulful with an edgy guitar style, chiming in elements of raw and expressive blues-based rock n’ roll. Jelly has developed a reputation for exciting and untamed live performances, and has shared the stage and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists. He has been making his mark on the Austin scene, voted Top 10 “Best Guitarist” in 2018 and 2019 Austin Chronicle Austin Music Awards.
With the release of his debut album, “Woke up in Waco,” Ford has kept busy working stages from Lubbock to Houston. Starting out by playing the college circuit/6th Street bar residencies, Ford learned the importance of keeping people on the floor, and both his album & the band’s set aims to do just that. Blending hot California guitar licks with Texas closing-time lap steel and carefully sought out lyrics, Ford’s shows have been growing into their own signature events, providing the high energy that people seek to find when clocking out on Friday afternoon.
Rooted in Texas blues, Americana, and a dose of outlaw country, Renna’s new release “Bound to Love” sweeps you off to a red dirt road riding into a promising sunset both musically and lyrically. The hook will have you from the the get-go with Renna’s soulful vocals and a melody that can only come from an honest songwriter transporting you to a peaceful path of hope and love. Renna has captured something here that few singer-songwriters rarely accomplish. It always seems to have that ring of truth that can only come from personal experience. It’s a magical little tune that’ll leaving a spirited residual long after the song is over. – Derek Sitter
MADAM RADAR is an Americana rock band that punches hard with their explosive harmonies and eclectic original tunes. Having the unique advantage of three lead singers and songwriters, there’s something to be enjoyed for a variety of listeners. Once described as Fleetwood Mac meets the Eagles, there’s palpable energy in this family band that can be felt from the stage. Husband and wife Jace Cadle and Kelly Green are joined by her brother Kody Lee and his Girlfriend Violet Lea. Soaring guitar solos, sweeping vocals, rich harmonies, and the diversity in the songwriting as the lead singers swap tunes truly makes a MADAM RADAR show a unique experience.
Waves is made of five friends who met through School of Rock in New Braunfels. Bands starting out know the pain of cutting their teeth in the live music circuit and it’s a difficult process when you’re a group of young adults. Yet after three years together, Waves has snagged opening spots at venues like Gruene Hall, John T. Floore’s Country Store and Cain’s Ballroom, and you’re making your third appearance at Mile 0 Fest, a highly-coveted music festival in Key West, Florida boasting some of the biggest names in live music, so they must be doing something right.
CLYDE is about music that makes you want to tap your foot, bob your head or shake your butt. Add lyrics that you can relate to and you’ve got “Texas Swamp Funk” music. It’s all original music written by Douglas Clyde Martin. Our bag of tunes spans 30 or so years and sounds as lived in as we are. We use guitar, slide and mandolin for melody and leads. Rhythm is guitar and several percussion instruments , a cajon played with brushes and a 5 gallon bucket kick drum adds to the rhythm. Clyde handles the lead vocals and is the songwriter. Josh, Lisa and Jay Dee sing harmony and backup. The East Side Flash holds down the bottom. If it’s not fun we don’t do it and if people don’t like us then we are in the wrong place. As one of Clyde’s songs says, “It’s too late to sell out now.”