Zen Archer (Houston, TX)
The band started in 1988 and have put out 7 albums including -Under the Sun, What Goes Around and Dream Machine. The band was voted 2nd best band [ZZ TOP was 1st] in a Houston Press Music poll. They received extensive radio play in the 90’s on regional radio and sold thousands of albums . The group continues to play in various formations working on new material and putting out it’s own brand of prog/pop/rock.
The Aaron Clift Experiment (Austin, TX)
The Aaron Clift Experiment is a dynamic progressive rock band based in Austin, Texas. The group’s multi-faceted sound is an innovative blend of classic rock, modern rock, and classical all anchored by the band’s dedication to high-quality songwriting and musicianship.
“Intricate and subtle yet with raw passion at its heart, The Aaron Clift Experiment is one of the most exciting and interesting bands currently writing and playing music today,” said Martin Hutchinson of Progradar after first hearing the group. Hutchinson’s enthusiasm has been echoed by other media outlets worldwide, including Prog Magazine, who nominated the band for Best Unsigned Artist of 2013 and for the Progressive Music Award in 2016. – Prog Magazine