New Year’s Eve with Shotgun Rider$10 in advance, $15 day of show for 21+ & $17 day of show for 18-20 (plus applicable fees) Doors: 8 pm
There’s something lonely about the open, flat land of the Texas Panhandle that ignites a desire to create, something about seclusion that forgets the boundaries of genres and takes pride in independence. Growing up in farming communities in Castro County, situated between Amarillo and Lubbock, the two leaders of Shotgun Rider have developed a signature sound tinged with that eerie loneliness reminiscent of their homeland.
In their short time as a country duo, lead singer Logan Samford and main songwriter Anthony Enriquez have driven their sound from the Panhandle through the avenues of the regional Texas music scene. Honing their craft at happy hours and dive bars on weeknights, SR brings their band to the Lone Star State’s venues on the weekends. Managed by industry veteran and Floydada native Alex Torrez (former Dir. A&R Sony Music Nashville, Lawrence Music Group, Artist Relations Gibson NY), the two have great direction in the industry. Torrez began his own Torrez Music Group in early 2015 and signed Shotgun Rider as his first act. Their music has been featured on ABC’s ‘Nashville’, allowed them to play right at 200 events in the last 18 months, and catapulted their record sales to the Regional Billboard at number 9. Their second record, ‘Panhandle EP’, brought the duo recognition on the national iTunes country chart, peaking at #17.
The name Shotgun Rider is now an homage to a late night conversation early on in the duo’s career. When discussing the sometimes overwhelming nature of young adulthood and breaking into the music industry, one of the guy’s fathers told them to not worry and never forget to ‘Enjoy the journey’, sparking a submissive realization of knowing that faith in God would always be in the ‘driver’s seat’, and all you can ultimately do in life is work hard and ride along.
Their following comes from what the two believe is a sound that embraces the world of commercial melody, focusing on Logan’s wide ranged vocal, and paints pictures with lyrics laden with honesty. They describe their sound as a merging of their two largest influences – as different as they may seem – George Straight and Kings of Leon. An ambient, hook driven rock sound blended with smooth, hook driven country.
The two are planning the release of their third EP in just under 18 months, “Whirlwind”. It is slated for a late July 2016 release.