This Week, The Texas Gentlemen Really Folked Things Up.
Each week, we take a survey of the local music scene and try to determine which acts in town are really putting in work and seeing it pay off. Which bands have the most intriguing shows coming up? Which bands are getting the most press around town? Which bands have accomplished the most notable feats of late? Based off these criteria, our music writers submit a list to be weighted and compiled into a master list revealed each week in this here space. We like to think it's fairly revealing. Check out our previous Buzz Rankings here.
Over the years, more than 450 artists — many of them legends in their own rights — have recorded versions of Kris Kristofferson's tunes. Countless of those takes were of “Me and Bobby McGee,” perhaps his most well-known tune.
And now, crack Dallas studio musician collective The Texas Gentlemen can do most of those acts one better by saying they performed that massive hit with the man himself. Along with Kristofferson, Texas royalty like Joe Ely and Terry Allen also joined the Gents on stage this past weekend during its Newport Folk Festival set.
Not just a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the strong showing also earned the boys their first-ever trip to the top of our weekly, local music power rankings.
Also no stranger to the studio is Son of Stan's Jordan Richardson, who not only drummed on Domo Genesis' latest record, but also joined him to perform the thing on Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show.
Fresh from recording with Richardson is Lizzie Boredom, which also made its live debut last Saturday at Double Wide's inaugural Bad Bitches Ball. Also making strong showings at that party were Sam Lao and Party Static, the latter of which also just released a new cassette EP.
The rap scene also got some love this week from some Mountain Dew content marketing pieces. Among the local emcees and producers getting love were The Outfit, Devy Stonez, Lord Byron, Curtis Mayz, Loudiene, Blue the Misfit and Saint Clair.
Elsewhere: DJ Christy Ray followed in her famous mother's footsteps; Todrick Hall headlined the Verizon Theatre; Demi Lovato performed at the DNC; and a dude from Monkeysphere sold Micah Johnson a gun.
(Also receiving votes this week: Pentatonix, Parquet Courts, CLIFFFS, EB Rebel, Miranda Lambert, Triple Digital, Honor System, Reverend Horton Heat, Killa MC, Kelly Clarkson, Neonnoah, Different Strokes, Dead Flowers, Oil Boom, Jonas Martin, Kevin Aldridge & the Appraisers, Kim Nall, Emsy Robinson, -topic, Kirk Thurmond, Vaden Todd Lewis, Herrick & Hooley, Somebody's Darling, Jay Clipp, Deep Blue Something, Birds of Night, Dead Words, Sudie, Vodeo, TX Connect, Bad Mountain, Moon Waves.)