Add These 7 Songs by Local Artists to Your Favorite Playlist
You'll be glad you did
I previously posted “5 Songs by Local Artists as Good as a National Act” and, judging by the response, you found those songs as good as I did. Now, let’s take it a step further.
This is a list of 7 songs by local artists that will fit right in on your favorite streaming playlist, and by adding them, you’re supporting our incredible pool of local talent and helping them make a few pennies and get the exposure and spins they so rightly deserve. Come along and take a listen.
The Fleeting Romance hits close to home for me as a fan of mainstream rock, and Double-Crossed is an omen of the mean and nasty hard rock that’s still to come — the band is working on releasing new music as this goes to press. Until then, listen to Double-Crossed a few times and you’ll hear why there’s so much to look forward to. Add it to your hard rock or metal playlist right now.
For any playlist with a focus on the blues, Blue by Downtown Royalty Band is a perfect fit. It’s a song of heartbreak and regret, and emulates the tone of classic blues music, but with a modern twist in the songwriting and chord progression. And Michael Kately’s voice will be the perfect compliment to the other soulful artists in your playlist. Add it and tell me I’m wrong.
I can never say enough about Clint Vines and The Hard Times’ music. If you love hard country, classic country, and Red Dirt music, Clint Vines and the Hard Times belong on your playlist, and not just Oil City Hell, a song about working in the oil fields, but other bangers like While the Gettin’ Was Good and Chickens, too. Add em.
I recently wrote about Zack Crow’s last single, Think Like You, a great country track with hints of classic rock standouts like Bad Company. Now, Zack is back with a new single, Tired, and it is equally compelling. Tired is getting attention on the streaming platforms. Don’t be late to the party. Add it to your country or classic rock playlist now.
We talked with Jay Burnam about his new EP, Social Skeletons, and Try for Me is a standout, cerebral selection that makes me feel chill. The lyrics are introspective and thought-provoking, and Jay’s music will fit in any playlist that includes contemporary artists like Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran.
For lovers of classic blues, you can’t do better than Wichita Falls’ Lone Star Mojo, featuring the smokin’ guitar of Mark Snyder, and a band tighter than a gnat’s ass. If you have Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters in a playlist, slide some of these Lone Star Mojo songs in and spin them liberally.
Anthony Castillo is an inspiring local soul artist with a contemporary bent. He’s equally at home with doing classic soul covers as he is with unique takes on contemporary pop. Add Sinking Stones to your playlist and you’ll hear hints of Bill Withers and The Neville Brothers.
Have you listened to these artists? Tell us what you think in the comments.
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