Opie Hendrix (San Marcos, TX)
Texas-based Americana artist Opie Hendrix is back with his fifth studio release, Famous Vol. 1. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the “Opie Hendrix experience”.
Famous Vol. 1 combines the Indiana-born Hendrix’s diverse influences and years of musical experiences into a recording that sounds just as fresh as his first record. In that time, Hendrix has outlasted some of the venues in which he’s performed-such as the legendary CBGB’s in New York City-and lived to tell the tale. Famous’s title track can attest to that.
Though he’s won two Houston Press Music Awards for Best Root Rock/Rockabilly, it’s too simplistic to categorize him under those terms. Hendrix has shared the stage with Hal Ketchum, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hayes Carll, Bobby Bare Jr., James McMurtry and more, but he’s also inspired by bands like The Smiths, Black Flag, and The Ramones.
“I’m not sure if I write the songs or if the songs write me”, Hendrix says. “I can’t be pigeonholed or labeled. I just play my feelings”. -Brittanie Shey
“Part Waylon Jennings, part Webb Wilder and part Hank III….conspiratorial works of the Old 97s, and sells them with good-ol’-boy exuberance and crisp arrangements..” -William Michael Smith, Texas Music Magazine
Arthur Yoria (Houston, TX)
Nomadic Americana musician Arthur Yoria has made a name for himself across the United States and internationally as a one-man band troubadour. Although a Chicago native, Yoria has lived in Austin, Dallas, Brooklyn, California and Colorado; has toured extensively in Colombia, England and Italy; and has been based in Houston for the past two years. After stints in the Houston-based bands The Jeepneys and Lavendula, Yoria released a solo four-song, self-titled EP in 2001, followed by a five-song EP, “Can You Still Look Adorable” in 2002. He has since released other EPs in English and in Spanish as well as three LPs. His most recent releases include his 2015 single “Ruff Life” and his 2016 single “Safe.” Yoria’s sound is best described as new wave indie-Americana enhanced by his combination guitar, vocals, harmonica, beats and keys which gives him the unforgettable sound of a one-man band.
“Arthur Yoria quickly established himself as one of the Houston area’s most interesting musicians”, says David A. Cobb of the Houston Press. “His tales of lovelorn angst set against melodic pop made for an infectious combination that drew fans worldwide, and his live shows whether full-band powerhouses, stripped-down, electronic-backed performances or simple acoustic-guitar sets, practically made him a household name among local music fans.”
Now in 2017, Yoria is unveiling a new single “Wishlist” from his upcoming record, set to be released in Feb. 2018. Having drawn inspiration from the likes of Cornelius, The Beach Boys and Hank Williams, the record touches on topics such as dealing with depression, making music for a living and then not making music for a living. Although some of the topics may be heavy, Yoria has put a positive spin on his new project as a whole and hopes it will inspire his fans. “Wishlist” delves into the process of an experienced artist getting “out of his own head” and coming to terms with the mental and emotional hardships of being an artist.
The record will be released on Splice Records and was recorded at Sugar Hill Studios in Houston and produced by Kelly Doyle (of Robert Ellis’ band) and engineered by the legendary Steve Christensen. The project features Tank Lisenbe on drums, Geoffrey Muller on bass and Will Van Horn on pedal steel. Most of the collaborators on the record are from Robert Ellis’ band and Yoria proclaims that with the pure chemistry between this group of talented musicians, they could easily become a “wrecking crew”in the Houston music scene.