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6 Texas bands, musicians from SXSW you should listen to right now

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It’s no secret that Texas is home to some musical legends. Beyoncé. Willie Nelson. Selena. Stevie Ray Vaughn. 

But it’s also home to several that you might soon know (or perhaps should know, anyway). Texas doesn’t always get the credit that Los Angeles or New York might for being a hotbed of up-and-comers, but festivals like South By Southwest remind us all that there’s talent to be found just around the corner, from Bastrop to Denton to East Texas to Houston. 

Here are just a few Texas-based artists that may be at home on your playlists this year. 


Hey Cowboy!

The synth-pop trio of “cowgals” has been churning out guitar-less tunes since its founding in Denton, Texas. Drummer Gaby Rodriguez, singer Sydney Harding-Sloan on synths and bassist Micah Vargas relocated to Austin in late 2018 to continue making their bass-heavy, dreamy songs, putting out the irresistibly named album “Get In My Fanny Pack and Let’s Go” in 2020. 

Listen to: “Cherry Jerry Citrus,” “Freckles”

Deezie Brown 

Brown was just a kid growing up in Bastrop when his dad introduced him to Southern hip-hop, including Houston legends DJ Screw and UGK. It wasn’t long before he was creating his own mixtapes with a boombox and beats from his family’s tape collection. Now, he’s creating his own blend of Southern-style hip-hop and funk while playing homage to the artists who inspired. 

Listen to: “Sumn’ to Say,” “Robert Earl With the Swirl” 

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Darkbird 

Darkbird co-founders Kelly Barnes and Brian Cole found each other on the musicians page of Craigslist after each moving to Austin for a fresh start following the dissolution of a marriage and band in Los Angeles for Barnes, and a severe house fire in New York for Cole. Now their band Darkbird is soon releasing the EP “Ballad of the Junebug” after several stellar 2022 SXSW appearances. 

Listen to: “Heartbeat,” “3-2-Wake Up”

Gina Chavez 

Chavez isn’t exactly underground. She’s won 12 Austin Music Awards, was nominated for a 2020 Latin Grammy, and her 2015 appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk series has tallied more than 1 million views. She’s a busy woman, too. Chavez’s powerful, warm vocals and bilingual catalog have taken her on tours internationally as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, and she and her wife run Niñas Arriba, a college fund for girls in El Salvador. 

Listen to: “Fire Water,” “La Que Manda”

Vincent Neil Emerson

Following his breakout at SXSW in 2019, the East Texas singer-songwriter has continued the long tradition of storytelling musical Texans, finding his first inspiration in fellow Texan Townes Van Zandt and cutting his teeth performing at bars and honky-tonks across the Fort Worth area. He’ll take his twangy, witty songs on tour this spring, including a stop at Luck Ranch in Spicewood to celebrate Willie Nelson’s 89th birthday.

Listen to: “Willie Nelson’s Wall,” “Letters on the Marquee”

A Giant Dog

Back in Houston during their high school days, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), ­and Orville Neeley (drums) formed a friendship through covering AC/DC, Joan Jett and Ramones tunes as Youth in Asia. Now with A Giant Dog, the Austin punk-rockers have been around for more than a decade, amassing a solid following after years of loud and indescribably energetic performances across the country, including an opening slot on tour with Spoon.

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Listen to: “I’ll Come Crashing,” “Survive”

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