Fort Worth's list of talented musicians is growing fast. To keep them all top of mind, we've combined our lists of "artists on the rise" to one blog. Make sure these artists are on your summer playlist! 

Quaker City Night Hawks | Click to Listen:

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Grady Spencer & The Work | Click to Listen

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Luke Wade | Click to Listen:

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Jacob Furr | Click to Listen

“Jacob Furr is a thinking man’s songwriter,” says Shayne Hollinger, music producer of 95.9 FM The Ranch. “He’s also one of the most underrated songwriters in Fort Worth. When I hear his songs I think, ‘This song should be in a Tarantino movie.’ He’s one of the most humble, reserved guys I’ve ever met, too. As soon as he turns that mic on his soul pours out. I respect him a lot.”


Leon Bridges | Click to Listen

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Austin Allsup | Click to Listen 

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Summer Dean | Click to Listen

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Zane Williams | Click to Listen

Another local artist to watch out for is Zane Williams, whom Hollinger describes as a “straight-up country” artist who effortlessly pens catchy lyrics. Country music star Pat Green covered one of Williams’ songs. The story goes like this: According to Hollinger, Williams was playing the song recently when one of Green’s road guys overheard him. Word got back to the country star, and Green had to hear it for himself.
 

Jake Paleschic | Click to Listen

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Mike Childress | Click to Listen

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Van Darien | Click to Listen

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Rodney Parker and the 50 Peso Reward | Click to Listen

Another local group worth mentioning, Rodney Parker and the 50 Peso Reward, has a decidedly rock feel that reminds Hollinger of Bruce Springsteen’s rebellious energy.

“Their lyrics are deep and dark,” Hollinger said. “It’s some of the best stuff I’ve ever heard.”
 

Kody West | Click to Listen

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Skylar Payne | Click to Listen

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Vincent Neil Emerson | Click to Listen

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Red Shahan | Click to Listen

Rounding out the top picks is singer-songwriter Red Shahan, who has a rather humorous backstory. Shahan, originally from Lubbock, was lured to Cowtown by a then-popular band, Six Market Blvd. The country band was already covering several of Shahan’s tunes when they offered him a gig as their keyboardist. Two months later, the bandleader decided to call it quits. So Shahan started doing his own thing, and the crowds quickly fell in love with him.
 

Mike Ryan Band | Click to Listen

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