I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief for Texas Music. My journey in writing about music began two decades ago when I self-published a succession of blogs devoted to the local Austin scene as well as the artists who passed through our hallowed venues and clubs. That work turned into a freelance career writing for regional outlets like Austin Monthly, Texas Monthly, and Texas Highways, and occasionally for national outlets like Rolling Stone and SFGate. It also afforded the opportunity to pen an installment in the 33 1/3 series on 80s punk band Beat Happening.
I’m a kid from the piney woods of East Texas. And as far back as I can remember, Texas artists have played an integral role in my love of music, from hearing ZZ Top while riding in my dad’s pickup in my earliest years to discovering Spoon in Austin clubs after moving to the city as a teenager. Our state is known for its roots music and country legends, but there’s not a genre that it hasn’t helped define, including the punk of the Big Boys and alt rock of Butthole Surfers or the Tejano pop of Selena and R&B of Destiny’s Child. Artists like Freddie Fender and DJ Screw have rewritten musical paradigms and altered our conception of style.
That said, it’s important to note that Texas music’s history is ever-evolving: Those artists’ legacies continue today in Black Pumas, Grupo Frontera, Travis Scott, Maren Morris, Jackie Venson, Joshua Ray Walker, Leon Bridges, A Giant Dog, and so many other acts playing intimate sets to handfuls of people in local bars and concert halls.
As I get to work, I want to hear from you—everyone and anyone involved in making Texas music happen, from promoters and venues to PR agents and, of course, artists. I want to know what you’re working on, and I want to share it with our valued readers across the Lone Star State and beyond. Drop me a line at bryan (at) txmusic (dot) com. And please share this warm welcome and invitation to anyone who comes to mind. I look forward to hearing from you, and I can’t wait to dig into it all.