Fusing an undeniably country sound with punk sensibilities, Vandoliers take a modern approach to the iconic music of their native Texas. 29-year-old frontman Joshua Fleming uses his knack for storytelling to share imagery-rich tales of Texan life, while his five bandmates celebrate their state’s richly diverse musical stylings—weaving together genres as disparate as Western swing, electric blues, roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll, Tejano, cowboy country, twangy punk and more. First inspired to write music after attending a Bad Religion show in his youth, Fleming spent 15 years playing in rock ‘n’ roll and punk bands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until an eye infection left him blind for two months. Listening to the traditional country music of The Marty Stuart Show during his recovery, he resolved to draw upon his Texan roots and love of storytelling to create a country album. With the additions of bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves in 2015, Vandoliers and their ‘cowpunk’ music were born. The group’s driving hard-rock vocals and honkey-tonk twang creates a sound that is all at once modern and nostalgic.
Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in May 2017, the Vandoliers’ star is rising fast. Their sophomore LP, The Native (2017), was recorded in the same Dallas studio as Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger (1975) and met with widespread critical acclaim.
The Right Now at 6pm
Following the lineage of landmark artists such as Alicia Keys and Adele, Chicago-native outfit The Right Now blends a pop-meets-soul sound with intricate song arrangements driven by frontwoman Stefanie Berecz's powerful voice. Over the past decade the band has released three acclaimed albums and has secured placements in television, national commercials and the multi-million-selling video game, “Watch Dogs."