credit: Cal Quinn
Fiercely proud of their homeland, Vandoliers put their own spin on the Texas country tradition with 2016's "Ameri-Kinda," a debut album that mixed honky-tonk twang with hard-edged, rock & roll stomp. The band's follow-up release, "The Native," arrived less than one year, doubling down on Vandoliers' modern approach to traditional influences. Rounded out by bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming, and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves, the group fills its catalog with songs boasting barreling guitar solos, train beats, anthemic melodies, mariachi horns, and the autobiographical details of Fleming's own travels. It's twang and tattoos, grit and guitars, honky-tonk and horns, Tejano and Telecasters. It's Vando-liers.
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