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Honky Tonk Country Club Now Seeking Members by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Art by Jackdaw folk art

Art by Jackdaw folk art

It does not require an ethnomusicologist to understand what is known as “Country Music” rarely resembles what it once was. There are populations who have turned away from a genre that seems to have fragmented into product placement and recycled hip-hop and arena rock techniques. Whether it be the high and lonesome sound of train songs, or the beautiful melancholy of a pedal steel crying with heartbreak, from Western Swing to the revolt of Outlaw Country, a long period of musical output ties us to a time before the omnipotent information age. When culture was still passed by hand and many of the best writers in America wrote songs in Nashville.

Back in March, singer L Denison, Andrew Skates and Austin Jenkins, of Niles City Sound were all discussing a potential group of great local players to bring those songs to life. When I caught them up at Lola’s recently, L explained, “Austin, Skates and I have been talking about putting something like this together for a while, we knew we wanted to get Summer involved but weren’t sure of other players.” Once Skates saw Summer Dean perform, something clicked for the skillful multi-instrumentalist. Something about her voice and presence was key for him to see what Honky Tonk Country Club could become. And from what I’ve seen, I’m inclined to agree, especially after hearing her take on Waylon Jennings’, “Waymore Blues,” accentuating the tune’s understated soul. Dean has a knack for finding a song’s bones.

Once the band started to fall into place, they found a good fit with Lola’s and the Country Club took to the metaphorical lonesome highway with regular Thursday nights. Adding Beau Brauer on drums, L explains how he brought a fresh perspective, “Beau didn’t really have honky-tonk experience, but he has jumped into it by doing a great deal of research. I mean down to every element of the sound, he even figured out which sticks work best.” Rounding out an unbelievable rhythm section they have local songmaster Jake Paleschic, who played bass in the brilliantly short-lived Longshots, and also adds the third lead vocal on the stage alongside L Denison and Summer Dean. If you’re lucky, he might sing you something by Roger Miller.

For L Denison, the group offered an opportunity to cut her teeth singing lead alongside a terribly experienced group of folks. She also figured it was as good a time as any to begin learning to play guitar, “I mean who’ll notice if I miss a chord, it feels safer with the group. But, I really feel lucky ‘cause they’ve all been doing it longer. If you want to get good at something, I’ve always thought you should do it with folks who are better than you.” Similarly, the band allows Andrew Skates to work on playing lead guitar because he plays bass on his adventures as an internationally touring musician with Leon Bridges. Skates, who has also performed with Quaker City Night Hawks is an incredibly tasteful player, who can sit back or straight up burn. He’s easy to talk to and the joy music brings him is obvious.

Whether Bob Wills, Faron Young, or Connie Smith, you can see the influences of each player by what songs they bring to the table as L explains, “When we have time to rehearse, we each bring a couple of songs in we’d like to try.” As most of the group are more accustomed to rock and roll, Outlaw Country or 80s and 90s tunes are more straightforward, but she adds, “Those Western Swing tunes require a more precise sense of time, it is a nice challenge to have, because the rhythm section is what makes people dance and that’s what we really want to see.”

Through Denton’s Raised Right Men, Summer Dean first met pedal steel player Chris Schlotzhauer on a lineup opening for The Derailers at The Live Oak. Elevating their sound even further, Chris has recently joined the Country Club. When I asked him about the group, he was quick to explain how important he thought it was,  “Too many of the older players stick to themselves and don’t get out and hear what’s going on in their own town. Honky Tonk Country Club looks forward to welcoming special guests to the stage as they have with glorious accordion player Abel Casillas from Squeezebox Bandits. Five years ago, I tried for a few months to get a Doug Sahm Hoot Night going somewhere in Fort Worth, but I was never able to get traction. As I was getting ready to leave the bar, Honky Tonk Country Club caught fire with the classic Freddy Fender tune, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,” which was eventually recorded alongside Doug Sahm for Sir Douglas Quintet. These are the sounds and songs that live inside us and there will always be a call for us to hear them played with care and energy.  

Come check them out this Sunday, November 12, from 3-7p, at Shipping & Receiving at 201 S. Calhoun as they join the festivities for the monthly Second Sundays event alongside Chicken Shit Bingo. https://www.facebook.com/events/1901429106841124/

I Like This Song - Siberian Traps' "Lemon Balm" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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A film by Peter Marsh, shot in Fort Worth, Texas. "Lemon Balm" is from the upcoming Siberian Traps album Indicator, to be released on Dreamy Life Records on June 9, 2017. "Lemon Balm" words and music by Seth Reeves, Chiefchickencharlie Publishing. Performed by Siberian Traps.

Today's featured song is the lead single from Siberian Traps' forthcoming LP Indicatora Dreamy Life Records jam sandwich 'bout to hit your ear mouths on June 9th.

The 'Traps are set - c'mon, I know you liked that pun - to celebrate the album's release this Friday night at Shipping & Receiving with Son of Stan + Programme + Super Secret Records' New Berlin.

Party starts at 8pm, full event details posted here.

Siberian Traps - Photo greatness by Walt Burns

Siberian Traps - Photo greatness by Walt Burns

Before we move forward, y'all should know there's a killer write-up on Indicator posted over at Aesthetic Magazine; highly recommend you give it a read. The article provides some wonderful insights into the music video's production process as well.

And now I'm gonna talk about actual irl Lemon Balm for a few 'graphs because that's how we do here at FWN.

Lemon Balm: The flower that holds the power

Lemon Balm: The flower that holds the power

Lemon Balm or 'Sweet Melissa' as it is commonly known, has several medicinal properties, making it one of the most beloved plants in the history of humankind (at least for the past 2,000 years anyway).

More so than anything else, Lemon Balm serves as a mild sedative that helps curb stress and anxiety. HELLO! I'm so familiar with stress and anxiety my old law firm was called Scott-Jackson, Stress, & Anxiety LLP.

I've grown Lemon Balm for the past 15 years, I mean, golly, it's practically another family member with its social status resting somewhere between our dog and our goldfish. So one can imagine my delight when the 'Traps dropped this single and music vid.

When I watched the video I perceived a visual representation of Lemon Balm taking hold, the embodiment of its medicinal properties slowly starting to activate.

The video begins with Cameron Smith (War Party) walking alone, robotically striding forward passing by other folks seemingly stuck in the same manic cycle of day-to-day stress.

However, as the video progresses, you can clearly witness the exact moment the 'Balm hits with Smith breaking free of that mechanical pattern via some wicked carefree dance moves (check the 2:55 mark of the video).

The rest of the video's cast subsequently break away as well, taking in a friendly tennis match en route to fully escaping the 'day-to-day' anxiety of the human hamster wheel. Truly fascinating imagery created by the video's director, Peter Marsh (also War Party).      

Big final s/o and congrats to Siberian Traps on the new album and music video, can't wait to get our hands on the record this Friday.

Lookie y'all, this was a lost cause from the start, they had me at Lemon Balm ... I like this song.

Radness gig poster for the album release show - Poster Design by Tony Ferraro 

Radness gig poster for the album release show - Poster Design by Tony Ferraro 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: I Like This Song - Jeremiah Jackson's "I Declare" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Good luck finding today's featured song anywhere but here!

That's right, Waco-based Jeremiah Jackson's forthcoming single "I Declare" isn't scheduled to be released until June 24th!!! So yea, you're welcome Fort Worthians!

Catch JJ next Saturday, May 27th at Division Brewing in Arlington with Signals & Alibis + FWN interviewees The Phantom Sensation

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Show Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Design by Patrick Saikin

Show Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Design by Patrick Saikin

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Photo Credit: Mary Shoemaker

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Photo Credit: Mary Shoemaker

As a former college student that spent years in undeclared purgatory, I truly appreciate the assertive nature of this song. Right from the jump "I Declare" melts faces with galactic Blues guitar riffage layered over an energetic punk rock rhythm section that inspires movement.

In fact, FWN hereby proposes the following nickname for Jeremiah Jackson: Punky Bluester! 

*Dad jokes aside (*not yet, I got one more left in me), we want to congratulate JJ for producing FWN's official Song of Summer and wish them all the best on their upcoming TX/LA tour (check out the awesomely designed tour poster below). 

Without further ado, time to give the people what they want and break this song down FWN-style:

By virtue of the authority vested in me, I declare this song to be ... likable!

Tour Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Album & Tour Poster Art by Matt Ragan

Tour Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Album & Tour Poster Art by Matt Ragan

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - Majik Taylor's "Hold On, Sanity" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song is the lead single from Majik Taylor's forthcoming debut LP Bad Facesa Get With It! Records joint flying your way May 12th.

As fate would have it, Majik Taylor is slated to perform this Friday night (May 12th) at Fort Worth's newest venue Main at South Side (aka MASS) with Signals & Alibis + ATX'er Julian Neel.

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

There's so much magic happening in this Majik Taylor musak vid-yo that we are officially changing our name to David Blaine Noise. Srsly, I already fwd'd the directive to our IT guy. 

Look, we try to hide our bias for everything Get With It! but THEY KEEP MAKING HITS! (More hits than Sony anyways).

I mean, what would you have us do? 

Get With It! Logo via GWI Facebook Page

Get With It! Logo via GWI Facebook Page

Now, let's see here.. what clever but not-too-clever way can we go about breaking down this song??

Hmm??

Well, Shia doing a pretty great job of it.

Or should we go full Olsen twin?

G.O.B. perhaps??

Not sure which GIF best represents our feelings towards this track, but I do know this: I like this song. 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Holding Down The Fort(ress Festival) by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Fortress Festival-goers on The Modern lawn  - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Fortress Festival-goers on The Modern lawn  - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The inaugural Fortress Festival has come to an end but on Saturday afternoon our "battle" had only just begun.

Here's a look back at FWN's Fortress Festival experience. 

Day 1

The Nissan kicked over (barely) and as I left the house my 4yr old fixed his death stare on me until I turned the corner.

He had good reason to be pissed.

I had been out of town for work the week prior and now that I had returned home here I was the next day leaving again, this time for a weekend stay-cation in the Fort Worth Cultural District.  

I picked up my colleague Daniel Daniel and we made our way towards the unknown (which is exactly what an inaugural music festival is btw.. the unknown). 

First stop? The Modern, to claim our media wristbands. We had arrived rather early and at the time, zero was the amount of minutes that line gave (did I do that right?? idk, just read it back again, still confused af).

However ... by 4pm ... that changed ...

Wristband pick up at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Wristband pick up at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Despite the line, the few festival-goers I spoke with said it moved quickly. Additionally, wristbands had been made available for pickup since April 25th. 

So far, so good. 

From there we went to park and found a Farrington Field lot to be ideal. $10 to park and worth every penny. I've parked much much further away at other festivals for much much more money.  

Back at The Modern, Daniel Daniel and I took in the museum as we waited for the doors to open (free admission for festival attendees). DD got locked in on this super rad Katherine Bernhardt painting.   

Daniel Daniel at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Daniel Daniel at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The festival opened with Sam Lao on The Modern floating stage. Despite just opening the doors, a decent crowd filled the lawn, head bobbing to Lao's beats. 

Sam Lao on The Modern floating stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Sam Lao on The Modern floating stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

From there we thought we'd give "the walk" a try. "The walk" being the walk between The Modern stage and the Will Rogers stage. 

At first it took a bit of doing to navigate the walk. The fine folks at Fortress Festival provided maps and on-site signage but many of us on that first walk between stages had a hard time determining the critical path.  

After completing it once however, everyone we had spoken with seemed to have it dialed in.

And look, it wasn't all that far either. I heard some complaints, but in my view you're either grasping for something to complain about or you simply haven't attended that many music festivals.

Like, have y'all ever attended a fest at Zilker in ATX? Or any of the major fests in California? That's a lot of walking. 

Plus, I mean, you kind of cruised along this scenic path that weaved behind the Kimbell Art Museum.

I know they had plans to make the stages closer together, but I still considered this a win, especially for a first time fest. 

The path between the two stages - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The path between the two stages - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

See! We caught Lao AND still made it in time for Blue, The Misfit.

Throughout the weekend it worked out this way for other instances of artist overlap between the two stages. We did not see every band at Fortress Festival but we could have made it happen if we were so inclined.   

Blue, The Misfit. doin' Blue, The Misfit. things on the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Blue, The Misfit. doin' Blue, The Misfit. things on the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Next up we decided to stroll down vendor lane and scope the festival's wares. 

Pan Ector Industries carried a couple different limited Fortress Festival t-shirt designs. Choose the design, the t-shirt style and your favorite color, and voila!  

Pan Ector Industries printin' it up - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Pan Ector Industries printin' it up - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Next up was Mama P's Wholesome Grinding Co. There we met "Papa Grind" Marc Wein and crew.

Marc knew more about pipes than Mario Bros. ya dig? Seriously, this guy was a savant.

If you are ever in the market, be sure to check them out on location at their Spicewood Smoke Shoppe or peruse their vast online store

"Papa Grind" Marc Wein droppin' knowledge bombs - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson 

"Papa Grind" Marc Wein droppin' knowledge bombs - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson 

The guys from Windfall Clothing had a tv with Super Smash Bros. cued up (needless to say the Smash Bros. piqued our interest). Their designs were better than the Smash Bros., and coming from me, that says A LOT about their craftsmenship.

Windfall reeled us in with Super Smash Bros. - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Windfall reeled us in with Super Smash Bros. - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Last but not least on vendor row we just HAD to take a FWN family portrait on-board the Folsom Photo Bus.

The guys that operated the photo bus set it up proper and left us with perhaps our favorite memento from this past weekend's festivities.

Highly recommend checking Folsom out on Facebook or IG

After all that walking and talking we decided we better cool down with a Juiceland treat. 

I like juice and smoothies as much as the next guy but it's not something I'm passionate about or anything.

But if you don't mind, allow me a moment to clearly express my feelings regarding these tasty juice-a-licious concoctions: 

YUMMMYYY! YUMMMYYY! YUMMMYYY! 

[one more time for posterity]

YUMMMYYY!

These tasted so good I asked a friend of ours to give them the pro treatment!

Look, I'm somewhat decent with a camera, but these juicy delights deserved better than "somewhat decent." They deserved a professional.

Feast your eyes Fort Worthians!

Juiceland yum-yums - Photo Credit: Annie Nelson 

Juiceland yum-yums - Photo Credit: Annie Nelson 

The rest of the day we stuck to the Will Rogers stage where we took in Houndmouth, Flying Lotus and Run The Jewels back-to-back-to-back. 

Houndmouth under the neon on Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Houndmouth under the neon on Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Flying Lotus followed by Run The Jewels made for what in my estimation was the best three consecutive hours of the weekend.

Flylo's beats and synced up visual showcase hypnotized everyone around me in the swelling main stage crowd. 

RTJ dominated the Will Rogers crowd right after, performing all their hits with an infectious stage presence that's helped made them so popular. 

Here's a peek but be sure to peep our full RTJ photo gallery here

RTJ slayin' the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

RTJ slayin' the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Did some work on the desktop when I arrived home then finally dozed off around 2AM when I came to this realization: "Holy cows and calves, there's a Day 2!!"

Day 2

Day 2 carried with it a different objective entirely for me. The sun was out and my camera was out; today's focus was on the bands and taking photos of their performances. 

We parked in the same lot, paid the same $10 and didn't look back.

Between the two of us we've seen Topic like a hundred times so given the imbalance of our time split between the two stages on Day 1 we decided to camp out at The Modern stage for Sudie, followed by Golden Dawn Arkestra.

Sudie doin' work - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Sudie doin' work - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Golden Dawn Arkestra danced under the sun at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Golden Dawn Arkestra danced under the sun at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

After soaking up some rays, we made our way back to Will Rogers in time to catch local good ol' boys Quaker City Night Hawks.

The guys looked good on the big stage; of course it's nothing new for them but after only catching them live at a local venues, this made for my first time seeing them at a major festival on a stage this big.

They crushed it.   

QCNH shook the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

QCNH shook the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats followed up Quaker City Night Hawks on the Will Rogers stage and lemme tell ya, the ironic juxtaposition of these two bands on the schedule was not lost on me...

Night Hawks or Night Sweats?? Why not both?! A night hawk with night sweats if you will. Sold!   

Dad jokes aside, NRATNS grooved up that stage like somebody's business!

For more NRATNS photos, check the link I mentioned earlier.

We acquired more tasty treats from Juiceland then quickly cut back to The Modern to snap a few pics of Alvvays before hustling back to the ol' Willy Rogers stage as to ensure our attendance for Slowdive. 

Alvvays treading water on the Modern stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Alvvays treading water on the Modern stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

En route to Will Rogers we bumped into Robby and Jen Rux from Dreamy Life; they had come to catch Slowdive's set. We decided to join forces and together we took in one of the best performances of the weekend.

What was it like you ask? I can't describe it.

Okay, okay. I'll try (kind of)...

Slowdive played Slowdive songs, and the band Slowdive writes really really good songs. The insane stage visuals enhanced what was already destined to be an awesome performance.

Complete Slowdive photo gallery over at the before-mentioned and ever-lingering photo jump.

Slowdive nearly shoe-gazed us to death from the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Slowdive nearly shoe-gazed us to death from the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

In making my way back in time for Peter Hook & The Light at The Modern, I once again demonstrated that talk of "the walk" had been overblown. 

ICYMI: FWN'er, Flashbulb'er and all-around badass good dude Lyle Brooks interviewed Peter Hook for Fort Worth Noise back in early April. At one point in the interview Hook relayed to Brooks that they'd be playing Joy Division and New Order songs as part of their Fortress Festival performance.  

I was thinking back to the interview when on cue Hook announced their next song as "Ceremony," a Joy Division fave. The audience let out a collective audible sigh of "HOLY SHIT! DID HE JUST SAY 'CEREMONY??'"

I think this was my favorite moment of Hook's set, that moment the fans realized they'd be getting some Joy Division and New Order action tonight.

Full Peter Hook gallery over at this relentless stalker-esque link!

Purity Ring is amazing and all but tbh I enjoyed the entirety of Peter Hook's set then parked myself in The Modern lobby until Daniel Daniel met up with me again.

I was weeding out photos from my digi camera viewer when I looked up to see DD with a Fortress Festival-sized smile on his face. It was time to call it a weekend.

Looking Ahead

Fortress Festival ruled y'all, it's that simple.

And while I may have added the qualifier earlier that this indeed was the inaugural year of the fest, it didn't feel that way at all.

From the magnitude of the acts booked to the fun and friendly vendors, to the visual aesthetics and overall aptitude of the festival's organizers, Fortress Festival felt like a surly veteran of the festival game.  

Certainly lessons can always be learned and any good fest organizer must always be looking for ways to improve year-over-year; that said, Fortress Festival proved to be a fort worth fighting for.

Until next year Fort Worthians, 

Xoxo,

FWN

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Fortress Festival Survival Guide: Come With Us If You Want To Live by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Image courtesy of Fortress Festival

Image courtesy of Fortress Festival

HAPPY FORTRESS FESTIVAL WEEK!

Pardon our celebratory ALL CAPS intro but we are super-hyped about Fortress Festival this weekend!

And while being super-hyped is all well and good, super-hyped does not equate to being super-prepared.

But don't worry y'all, we got you.

Hellbent on producing the most epic music festival survival guide ever, the crew and I locked ourselves away in the FWN lab* for over two weeks!

Unfortunately for you, this is not the most epic music festival guide ever; this is just a tribute. Hat tip to Tenacious D for the zinger!

DISCLAIMER: So it didn't take two weeks and this "lab" looks more like my Mom's basement. However.. we had nothing to live on save for warm champagne and canned ham; sacrifices people, sacrifices. Like seriously, two of our interns died making the following guide, so we really really really hope you enjoy it! Truly! 

Wait. What's that? You still don't have tickets? No prob, limited tix still available right here!

Enough of all that, let's get to the guide!

LINEUP/SET TIMES

Image courtesy Fortress Festival -  Hey you. Yes, you! This is your cue to save this image to your smart phone

Image courtesy Fortress Festival - Hey you. Yes, you! This is your cue to save this image to your smart phone

This lineup is crazy good. I mean...

Run The Jewels in the 817? Are you kidding me???

Peter freakin' Hook, he of Joy Division & New Order???

Slowdive touring in support of a new record due out May 5th?

Purity RingStranger Things composers S U R V I V E?

Add in all the stellar local talent set to perform this weekend in the Ft. Worth Cultural District and holy Toledo Batman, we got ourselves a music festival!

ICYMI Episode IV: We recently featured a music video from every single Fortress Festival performer.

Here's a opportunity to familiarize yourself with the lineup in music video format:

Music Videos for Every Fortress Festival Performer Pt. I 

Music Videos for Every Fortress Festival Performer Pt. II

ICYMI Episode V: Check out our Fortress Festival artist interviews !!

1. Peter Hook

2. Sudie

3. Ronnie Heart

SUPER BONUS: Gee, idk, Fortress Festival curated this killer Spotify playlist!

TRANSPORTATION 

Image via Fortress Festival Facebook page -  Catch a ride to Fortress Festival on bus.com

Image via Fortress Festival Facebook page - Catch a ride to Fortress Festival on bus.com

There are several paths that lead to Fortress Festival and while you must forge your own, here are a few suggestions:

1. Hitchhike - Ok, so we don't really recommend this because I'm 99.999% sure doing so exposes us to some sort of liability; but ya know, it's technically an option.  

2. A bike - Seriously, tons of great biking trails link up with the festival's grounds. Peep the Trinity Trails website here. Or check out Funky Town Pedicab if you'd rather pay someone else to do the pedaling.

MEGA BONUS ALERT: You don't even need to own a bike when you got the City of Fort Worth's B Cycle ride share program

3. A bus - Fortress Festival and Bus.com teamed up to provide festival goers with very reasonably priced options starting at $12. Why drive and play the parking game? 

4. A car - Pretty self-explanatory. A friend's, your own, your dad's, steal one (Wait, don't do that! See above-referenced mention of liability!!!), there's a Lyft station on-site, or perhaps save on gas via an irl Fred Flintstone car.    

5. Teleport - For superheroes only or idk, maybe that Sir Capt. Hot Topic Criss Angel dude.

FESTIVAL MAP

Image courtesy of Fortress Festival  - Cue #2: Save this image to your smart phone!

Image courtesy of Fortress Festival - Cue #2: Save this image to your smart phone!

OMGee! This is the best looking map since The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on SNES!

The beer mug icon immediately caught my attention. Hmm, not sure why???

Anywho, I'm personally going to hit up the merch booth and that Indigo Yoga space on the lawn near the Modern pond.

Food. Food. So much..............food! Yummyyyyy foooood!!! Don't worry, we get to the food vendors a little further down.

The positioning of the stages closed it down for me. Look at that Modern stage placement! Look at that Will Rogers open space!

Get stoked y'all!

Get STOKEDQQKCDDECDQEDQED!!!

SNES Zelda Map -  Me: You think they hold music festivals in Hyrule? You: I wish

SNES Zelda Map - Me: You think they hold music festivals in Hyrule? You: I wish

VENDORS

Image courtesy of Fortress Festival 

Image courtesy of Fortress Festival 

ATTN All Foodies - You'll be glad to hear that in addition to curating this amazing lineup of artists, the Fort Fest folks did some mighty impressive work with their food roster too.

Salsa Limón is a Fort Worth institution. Period. Nothing else to say here. 

Get your Medi food on with Shawarma Point or if you're like me, you'll be eyeballing dumplings from Cannon Chinese Kitchen

Immediately upon devouring said dumplings, you'll find me making a bee line to cool down with a couple Alchemy Pops.

*Cold Brew Coffee & Cream pop over here please!*   

But hold on a sec, check out the non-food vendors scheduled to be on-site.

The Daniel Daniel and I will be covering the event so I'm thinking we'll finally get our FWN family portrait taken in the Folsom Photo Bus.

Probably pick up some prints from Garageland or make some of our own at Pan Ector!  

While we're at it, gonna stop by Mama P's to pick up a new "tobacco pipe" for my uncle Jay .. snoogens.

Show Poster courtesy of Fortress Festival

Show Poster courtesy of Fortress Festival

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: HAVE FUN!

To be honest, you don't need this guide. You'll have fun no matter how you slice it.

But if our guide did indeed prove useful to you, it's comforting to know our interns did not die in vain:)

Stay hydrated y'all, look out for each other, and most importantly, have fun Fort Worthians!

Regretfully yours,

Xoxo,

FWN

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Gentle Reminder Letter: Record Store Day In The Fort by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Image via RecordStoreDay.com's Press Release

Image via RecordStoreDay.com's Press Release

Dearest Fort Worthians,

We are writing you today as to remind all thee great citizens of our mighty metropolis(?) that there will be much party to be had this Saturday, April 22nd.

Mucho mucho party.  

Ya see, this Saturday is Record Store Day. According to the official Record Store Day website, 2017 marks the 10yr anniversary of Record Store Day.

In fact, RSD has grown so much since its inception, there are now stores from every continent participating (except Antarctica, 'cause penguins).

Enough with the history lesson, let's move on to the party(ies).

All of Saturday's events are free to attend and all feature insanely stacked lineups. 

Besides that, all these events take place during the day which means they provide one and all with a legitimate excuse to day drink!

Last but not least, it is imperative we citizens support our local record stores. They are the lifeblood of our scene. If anything, this Saturday represents a great opportunity to celebrate our record stores and their contribution to our community.

Now that we've performed our civic duty, time to let these parties speak for themselves. For more details, click the images below to link up with each event's Facebook page.

Regretfully yours, 

XoXo,

FWN

Doc's Records feat. Movie The Band, Steve Gnash, High Art, Heater, Beach Priest, Starbass 

Image via Doc's Records Facebook Page

Image via Doc's Records Facebook Page

Dreamy Life Records feat. Acid Carousel, Sealion, Son of Stan, Sub Sahara, War Party, Teenage Sexx, Loafers

Image via Dreamy Life Records Facebook Page

Image via Dreamy Life Records Facebook Page

Chief Records feat. Audry Oliver, Jason Eady, Tommy Hooker, Joe Savage, Holland K. Smith, Jackie Darlene, Michael Lee

Image via Chief Records Facebook Page

Image via Chief Records Facebook Page

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - The Fibs' "Carbon Monoxide" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Released by Dreamy Soundz Records -- Music recorded & produced by Jennifer Rux at Dreamy Soundz -- Video produced by the Fibs

Today's featured song comes from The FibsHex Hex Hex, a Dreamy Soundz EP that debuted in 2014.

The Fibs are primed to perform tomorrow night at The Boiled Owl Tavern with fellow Dreamy Lifers Alex and Maria + out-of-towners Boketto The Wolf (NY).

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

The Fibs in action - Photo Credit - Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The Fibs in action - Photo Credit - Prewitt Scott-Jackson

If you get the feeling you recognize the above photo of Fibs' guitarist/vocalist Preston Newberry it's because I took said photo and have since plastered it gratuitously all across Fort Worth Noise's social media platforms.

Just fyi, for your future reference and all: double foot pedal magic tricks always have a home here at FWN. 

Btw, I passed on a Bandcamp or Soundcloud embed today and opted for this kick-ass diy music vid produced by The Fibs. Gaw lee y'all(!), if you wanna take yer eyes on a visual vacay we highly rec watching the viddy yo in its entirety.     

Enough of all that, time to break this song down Dad-joke style...

The band may be called The Fibs but I ain't fibbin' when I say, "I like this song."

The Fibs' album artwork for  Hex Hex Hex -  Image via Dreamy Soundz Bandcamp

The Fibs' album artwork for Hex Hex Hex - Image via Dreamy Soundz Bandcamp

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand."

I Like This Song - Jetta In The Ghost Tree's "Clandestine" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song comes from Jetta In The Ghost Tree's Clandestine Vol. I, an Idol Records full-length that debuted in Spring 2015.

You can catch Jetta in their element this Saturday at Lola's with Shadows Of Jets, Garrett Owen, and ATX's Shapescenes.

If you haven't experienced Jetta live I highly recommend marking your calendar for this one. Ya see, this bill is a family affair. 

Jetta recorded Clandestine Vol. I at Taylor Tatsch's AudioStyles studio >> Tatsch heads up Shadows of Jets >> Einhorn is Finkle >> Finkle is Einhorn

Why does this matter? I'll tell you. 

In my experience, bills that feature "frands" (like a friendship but between two bands) produce a much better overall show vibe. Fans, bands, venue staff; everyone benefits when frands are involved.

Like, I can't stand a bill that doesn't feature at least one set of frands. You know the type of bill I'm talking about.. when the bands don't know each other, when the other bands and their fans simply wait for your set to end. Bleh, gross.

None of that will be happening Saturday at Lola's. Count on it. 

Show starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Image via Jetta In The Ghost Tree's Facebook Page

Image via Jetta In The Ghost Tree's Facebook Page

Now that we've launched "frands" into the vast depths of pop culture vernacular, let's get down to the business of the day. 

For this analysis I turn to one of my favorite translation apps, THE YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR (no worries, thank me later for introducing you to this wonderful language tool). 

*drumroll*

This song I like. Yes, hmmm.

I Like This Song "Yoda-style" - Screengrab from Yoda Speak Generator 

I Like This Song "Yoda-style" - Screengrab from Yoda Speak Generator 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Tonight This Morning by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Welcome to Tonight This Morning hosted by John Oliv... I mean, so yea, we may have ripped off their name but only kind of, sort of.

In this space FWN previews the Fort Night ahead so you don't have to.   

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Be yourself this fine Friday Fort Night!

Be yourself this fine Friday Fort Night!

Here's a quick look at three good hangs happenin' in Fort Worth tonight.

1. Friendship Bracelets, Kyoto Lo-fi, Dead Sullivan, Warren Heuristic at The B-Side

Image via The B-Side Facebook Event Page

Image via The B-Side Facebook Event Page

Here's a great opportunity to check out Fort Worth's newest DIY spot, The B-Side at Green Audio.

The B-Side is the brainchild of Ben Napier (Sally Majestic, Bogus Green, Green Audio Productions).

Just when you think one person couldn't do anything more for the scene, right? Napier does so much for the scene that we are starting to wonder if he's some kind of music cyborg from the future ... he just can't be human!!

Doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. Full event details here.

2. Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Luke McGlathery (CD RELEASE), Michael Lee at Lola's

"Sex in the Mornin'" from McGlathery's new record - Written by Nicholas Ginbey

New music from Luke McGlathery

What other reason does one need to attend this show??? I think I'll stop typing now.

Music starts at 10pm w/ Michael Lee. Full event details here.

3. Tattoo Expo Afterparty feat. Royal Sons, Novakain, Gypsy Sun Revival at The Aardvark

Image via The Aardvark's Facebook Page

Image via The Aardvark's Facebook Page

Do you like tattoos? Yes.

Do you like Royal Sons? Yes. 

Do you like BBQ? Yes.

Okay then, this show is for you!!

Get free admission with your tattoo expo wristband or it's $10 at the door. Full event details here.

BONUS: Here's a Royal Sons promo viddy hose to get ya hype for tonight!

Have fun kids!

xoxo,

FWN

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

 

Tonight This Morning by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Welcome to Tonight This Morning hosted by John Oliv... I mean, so yea, we may have ripped off their name but only kind of, sort of.

In this space FWN previews the Fort Night ahead so you don't have to.   

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Friday! Friday! Friday! Y'all ready?

Here's a quick look at three good hangs happenin' in Fort Worth tonight.

1. Dreamy Life Happy Hour feat. The Killer Hearts (HOU)

Houston's Killer Hearts journey up the big highway to slay your ventricles (both of them) with a blend of fast & fun punk 'n' roll.

Early show w/ a 6pm start time, full event details here.

btw, THIS IS A FREE SHOW!!

2. I Happy Am, Jesse Gage, Morgan Lindley at Republic Street Bar

We talked about this show earlier this week when we featured I Happy Am's "Pizza Boy" as part of our I Like This Song series.

This is a FREE SHOW, 21+ only.

Music starts at 9pm w/ Morgan Lindley. Full event details here.

3. Responsible Johnny, Fuera D'Servicio, Morty 40 & The Malts, Bullet Machine at The Peppermill Lounge

Apparently they are doing shows at The Peppermill Lounge, which is rad! We like shows.

What's not rad is the fact we just discovered it.

JC Harmon of The Horn Monger Show told FWN they've "Been doing this since August 2016."

He added, "All shows have free food and free pool." 

JC has a pretty punkalicious lineup on tap tonight. Show starts at 9pm, full event details here.

BONUS: Here's a Responsible Johnny music viddy hose to get ya hype for tonight.

Have fun kids!

xoxo,

FWN

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”