Sam Anderson, guitarist and vocalist for The Quaker City Night Hawks (QCNH), had a “pinch me” moment recently. Rolling Stone magazine published a glowing review of the rock group’s music video “Mockingbird” a few weeks ago.

“Now I can finally get all my aunts and uncles to stop hassling me about my music thing,” he said with a laugh.

The review by the media giant is only the latest boost to the band’s rapidly growing success and popularity. "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon recently tweeted and plugged the band’s newest album, El Astronauta, on Tumblr. Last March, QCNH performed at Austin’s coveted South by Southwest Festival. For the first time, the local music promotion nonprofit Hear Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Convention Visitors Bureau hosted an official SXSW day party at SoHo Lounge. Seeing Fort Worth back its musicians was a “super proud moment,” Anderson said.

“Not a lot of cities had something like that,” he said. “It was a proud moment for us to show all our friends’ bands the support we get from our city. That’s really rare nowadays.”

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What really matters, he added, is that the city’s reputation as a music hub has grown nationally. That’s partly due to the recent popularity of Leon Bridges, but also to years of touring by Fort Worth musicians and groups like Green River Ordinance, Jordan Richardson, and (increasingly) QCNH.

“For everyone of us, or Leon Bridges, there are 10 or 20 bands that have the exact same fire in their belly,” he said. “I hope this is what our band can communicate -- that you can go outside of Fort Worth with your music, and there is the support back home for you.”

Anderson and his bandmates are gearing up for their longest tour yet. Starting at the Pemberton Music Festival in Canada mid-July, QCNH then hits several Texas cities before joining Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Then it’s back to Nashville, Chicago, and a handful of other cities in August and September.

The busy touring schedule, coupled with plans for a new record, are part of a formula that has worked with QCNH. The worst thing a band can do, Anderson said, is to stop moving. Right now, he added, with all the attention Leon Bridges has gotten, the SXSW showcasing at SoHo Lounge, and the national media attention some local groups have gotten, there’s a “perfect storm” that has the potential to propel other Fort Worth bands into the national orbit of professional tours and record deals.

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