From Unknown To Emerging

Evolution is a part of all our lives and careers, regardless of what field or industry we’re in. The way my radio show The Appetizer has evolved since its inception in 2003 is pretty dramatic. Back then, it was just a crazy idea to do something out of the box. Over time, the parameters of the box I was out of got larger. My scope for music and realization of the variety of people making it grew in leaps and bounds. In the time between then and now, people have gone from being completely unknown on the regional, state and national level to being pretty well known across the board.


In 2003-2005, people like Ingrid Michaelson, Ray LaMontagne, Feist, Owl City, Iron & Wine, Citizen Cope, etc were either just starting out, or were just starting to make waves. Some of them really hadn’t been writing, performing, or recording at all. Fast-forward to now. Those individuals are not necessarily pop-superstars, but they have a growing following across the country. And these people I named are a microcosm of the emerging artists out there who are being discovered daily. Think about that for a second-daily.


Lindsay Katt

Which leads me to just be so thankful of the time period we get to live in, where we can make these discoveries of talented, incredible artists on such a regular basis. Information travels so quickly that there are no limits. Someone in New York can be completely unknown in Texas. Someone hears their music online or in another place and starts featuring that music on the radio or online. The next thing you know, this unknown individual has a big following 2,000 miles away. That’s a little history and true story of a now good friend of mine named Lindsay Katt.


The transition and evolution of going from unknown to emerging is something I’ll be covering and showcasing over the next few weeks on The Appetizer. This weekend’s show features the beautiful music of He Is We, Green River Ordinance, Andrew Belle, The Head and the Heart, The Civil Wars, Joan As Policewoman, Jesse Thomas, Dodos, Runaway Dorothy and more.


He Is We
If you don’t know much about He Is We, they have a really cool story, a storybook story really. Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly are a writer and musician who were working at a music store and decided it would be fun to just spend some time playing music together. The result is the band He Is We. Check out more info on their link.


Green River Ordinance is a Texas band out of Fort Worth that is named after some interesting laws that prohibit door-to-door sales in parts of the state. They’re about to start a tour with another emerging act called Courrier.


Andrew Belle‘s latest release The Ladder was featured last week and I can’t get enough of it. I wrote on Facebook that the album plays nonstop on my iPod. You can get into an artist because of 1 or 2 songs and happen to like another few tracks they do on some other albums. The whole enchillada of The Ladder is flavorful and tasty. I’ll feature two more tracks this week. Also Andrew will be performing in our town of operations (Abilene) later next month at Monks Coffeehouse. More info on that show upcoming.


The Civil Wars
Speaking of Monks, in 2 weeks we’ll host The Civil Wars at Monks for Abilene’s Artwalk. This folk duo is racking up fans in droves. I picked up their Barton Hollow album not really sure what it would be like. Similar to Andrew Belle, it’s cover-to-cover awesome. There’s a fluidity and creativity that’s hard to find in other acts, and their sound is a mix of something completely original with something else very familiar. They cover 2 songs on Barton Hollow, one a jazz classic and another a song made famous in the prime-time of Motown. I’ll feature that song to conclude the program this week. It has to be the most original and creative cover I’ve heard yet.


Let me know what you think. Check out the show. Hit us up on Facebook and let us know of some other unknown and emerging acts we should be showcasing.

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DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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