As we approach the end of the year and reflect on the hundreds of singles we came across this year, there are a few that really stick out to us. As you know, here at Texas Music Pickers, we like to devote most of our exposure to bands who are not quite at the top, but are good enough to get there. So we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite singles of 2014 from some of the best up and coming bands on the scene. These songs may have slipped by you this year, so want to make sure you have a second chance to hear them! We’ll be counting down 5 songs each week until we reach our #1 Most Underrated Single of 2014! Check out these awesome songs and be on the lookout for what these bands have coming for 2015!
1. Koe Wetzel – Between Two Bottles
Koe Wetzel and Konvicts is a band that was formed by a group of East Texas boys. Through the changing circumstances, goals and dreams, the members of the group have changed to form the final line up of Koe Wetzel- Vocals/ Acoustic guitar, Austin White- Harmonica, Cody Edmiston- Drums, Mason Morris- Bass, and Michael Odis Parrish- lead guitar. This band has a high energy sound with a new combination of Country, Rock and Texas Music, that associate with a genre called Texas Rock ‘N Roll. Check out the Koe Wetzel and the Konvicts album “Love & Lies” on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Read more…
2. Sean Franks and Chapter 11 – Catch This Train
Sean Franks and Chapter 11 are no longer together, however Sean Franks and Chapter 11 are both still making music!
Chapter 11: https://www.facebook.com/chapter11project
Sean Franks: https://www.facebook.com/seanfranksmusic
3. Jake Ward – Hit the Road
Jake Ward is an up and coming Texas Country artist out of Corpus Christi. With his blend of classic country and modern rock, his music is taking the Texas Country music scene by storm.
Growing up, Jake Ward was surrounded by music. Starting at a very young age, Jake always knew he wanted to be a professional musician. “I started performing when I was seven years old, and I was instantly hooked.” Jake has been performing for years, but only recently did he find his band, the “Coast Riders.” Jake and his band are now playing all over the state, and have opened for touring acts such as: Kevin Fowler, Casey Donahew, Reckless Kelly, Uncle Lucius, Bri Bagwell, and the list goes on! Read More…
4. Texas Rebellion – One More Rodeo
Texas Rebellion is an eight piece group of good ol’ boys from Tyler Texas. From George Strait to Brad Paisley, the band plays many of Nashville’s yesterdays favorites as well as hits from today. Some words that have been used to describe the band are “Incredible, Amazing and Fantastic”. Texas Rebellion has a combined two hundred plus years experience and members of the band have played with such National recording artist as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles, Ray Price, “Long Tall” Marcia Ball, Cheap Trick, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Los Lobos, The Arc Angles, Henry Mancini and Roger Williams to name a few. Read More…
5. Tyler James – Easy Girl
At 16 years old, Tyler James picked up the guitar and decided to pursue his dream as an artist. He became friends with established artists Mike Ryan and Jamie Richards, becoming influenced by their sound and artistic ability. Three years later, Tyler has become a Fort Worth favorite by bringing a wave of energy and excitement to each show. Read More...
6. Chance Anderson – Windows Down
From sharing a piano bench with his grandmother, to opening for Joe Walsh, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Cody Canada, Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, Bleu Edmondson, Kevin Fowler, Colt Ford, Rich O’Toole, No Justice, Charlie Robison, Mike McClure, and many other great artists…Chance Anderson has realized his fate. Read More…
7. Mike and the Moon Pies – Hard Way
For the past seven years, Mike and the Moonpies have been making a name for themselves as Austin Texas’ premier honky tonk band. With the growing regional popularity of their 2012 release “The Hard Way,” radio single of the same name, and a non-stop regional touring schedule, they have recently taken the entire Texas music scene by storm. The Moonpies have delivered some of the most memorable performances in recent years in venues like Gruene Hall and Luckenbach TX, and have gained a cult like following in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and throughout the midwest. Read More…
8. Corey Kane – Falling
The Corey Kane Band is a group of experienced musicians who genuinely love what they do and are ready to make waves with a fresh sound that has a little something for everybody. Lead singer, Corey Kane, impressive lead guitarist Lucas Seiferman, and talented keyboardist Frank Haggerty are all brought together by the solid rhythm section their bass player Nick Montou and Trey Newmiller on drums. Read More…
9. Chad Sullins – Couple 1000 Miles
“This record is about how the last record kicked my ass.” No doubt about it, Chad Sullins is a man who speaks the God’s honest truth about everything in his life, and when it comes to his songwriting he tends to leave the polished overtones and silver lining story-telling to the fairytale books. This is real life and his brand new record WICKED SPELL is a personal journal kept by a man who has resolved himself to a life that dispassionately takes back as much as it gives. A botched marriage, lost time with his daughters and an infinite trek down America’s highways, as so perfectly illustrated in the record’s first single “Couple 1000 Miles,” these very personal accounts all appear unmasked in this raw collection that is the wares of genuine heartbreak. But that is the source from which some of the very best songs spring and Sullins is painfully aware that in those soul-bearing moments of artistry, joy and comfort is there too. Faithful companions that help take the sting out of harsh reality bites. Such is the life of a true music vagabond. Read More…
10. Chase Likens – No Other Girl
Chase Likens is a 23 year old Country music singer, songwriter and actor. Chase was a Top 12 Males Finalist on American Idol Season 11 and has continued to perform at numerous venues and county fairs throughout the US, sharing the stage with the likes of Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, and Eric Paslay. Chase was also invited to perform at the annual Zeigenbock Fest in Houston, TX alongside notable Texas Country artists Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, and Randy Rogers. Read More…
11. Brandon Steadman – Stupid Girl
Every artist gets asked when it was they got the itch to play, well for Brandon Steadman he could give that credit to a random “Morrow Monday Night” at Antone’s in Austin. Steadman’s older sister snuck the then 17 year old in that night and the rest of the story unfolds from there.
“It was never about being a rockstar for me.” Steadman says, “it was the acoustic atmosphere, it was more the friends sitting around telling stories part that I liked, that’s what really gave me the bug to play.”…Read More…
12. Judson Cole – Call Me Back Home
The Judson Cole Band formed in 2012 in San Angelo, TX. The band quickly became a staple at the historic Blaine’s Pub, host to many Texas music legends through the years. The group has most recently been busy supporting their upcoming album with performances including Crudefest, Texas Thunder Fest, and many others throughout west Texas…Read More...
13. Willie Mack – A Love Like That
Willie Mack is a versatile country singer, composer hailing from the southern states area of Oklahoma and Texas. He has attended and graduated from college and then signed with a producer at that time.
As Willie has written several songs, he is a very personable singer, with many of his songs being performed by others due to the ease of the storylines and musical styles. Read More…
14. Pat Ryan Band – Don’t Blame the Whiskey
Pat grew up in Lexington,Tx., where he learned how to play and sing. He grew up playing Gospel music at the local First Baptist Church; also playing country and blues music as well. After graduating, Pat tried his hand at college only to find himself pursuing his career in music. After moving to College Station, Tx., Pat played lead guitar for a local band for 6 months. In January of 2012, he then started his own band formally known as Pat Ryan & The Jaded Kind. Pat has a style of blues and country mix, and he’s sure to turn heads with his catchy originals and fun stage presence!…Read More…
15. Zac Wilkerson – Middle of the Night
Zac Wilkerson’s songwriting and performance style is Roots Rock with heavy Soul, Country and Folk influences.
Based out of Amarillo, Texas, the Vocalist/Songwriter stumbled into a career in music after winning The Blue Light Live Singer Songwriter contest in 2011, earning himself a set at Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival in Stephenville, TX. He has since gained a loyal following in the Texas Panhandle and North Texas finding favor in the thriving rock and country scenes in Amarillo, Lubbock and Fort Worth… Read More…
16. Boone Cook – You Know, I Know
Boone Cook and The Remains is a group of road tested musicians that are passionate about giving the crowd 100% every performance. When you hear the band for the first time, you’ll be hooked on their powerful sound and soulful lyrics. Every song has its own personality and you will hear influences from all types of music throughout the show. Read More…
17. Aubrie Lynn – Get Lost With You
The Aubrie Lynn Band plays some Texas Country from artists like Josh Abbott and Kristen Kelly, with a mix of some older country classics from artists such as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and more. Aubrie has grown up in the College Station area and her originals have been heavily influenced by many local artists. Read More...
18. Callahan Divide – Do You Miss Texas
Callahan Divide is a 4 piece americana group based in West Texas. The band performs 150+ shows a year for just about anywhere that will welcome live music. It’s not until you catch a live show that you’re officially hooked. In this way the band has captivated a huge fan base since the release of their debut album, “Party on the River” in 2011. The high energy of a rock show accompanied by meaningful lyrics is what makes up a Callahan Divide performance. Read More…
19. Cody Bryan Band – Wreck Me
“I knew Cody Bryan was a star ever since he was a kid,” says producer Matt Noveskey. “You can tell every time he hits the stage.” Noveskey, who produced the Cody Bryan Band’s debut record, knows a thing or two about stars — he’s played 60-foot stages with them for 15 years asbassist and songwriter for Blue October. Read More…
20. Kolton Moore and the Clever Few – Forever I Do
Kolton Moore drew together a tight group of talented friends in the spring of 2012 to begin a musical journey that has taken him to countless bars and venues across Texas.
Their live shows swing from bluesy and rocking to slow and beautiful (sometimes in the same song). Their powerful use of dynamics draws comparisons to acts like Sean Mcconnell and Wilco. They are at home sharing stages with Texas Country bands like William Clark Green, Whiskey Myers and Phil Hamilton. Read More…
Here’s the schedule for the the list!
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.