Friday, July 7th, 2023


The Ransom Brothers

There’s no mistaking Austin band The Ransom Brothers’ major musical influence; those slide and twinned guitar riffs, fierce fiddle solos and bluesy, soul-infused melodies pay proud homage to the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band and other ’70s Southern rockers, though the band also pledges allegiance to red dirt, outlaw and outlier country, jam bands.

But it’s definitely their own musical chops and songwriting skills on display in each track of their debut album, Resurgence.

“Our goal has always been to be ourselves and write and play what inspires us,” says lead singer and guitarist Sean McHargue, who formed the band with fellow Texas State University graduate Daniel “Sal” Solis (guitars, mandolin). They were a duo when they came up with the name, inspired by Jimmy Stewart’s character in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but have since added bassist Phil Eckhardt, drummer Aaron English, fiddler John Thomas and keyboardist James Rodman.

“We all have our own styles and nobody tells anyone what to do; we just throw shit in the wok and see if it comes out crispy. It usually does,” says Solis.

But the blend of past and present on Resurgence is intended to serve as more than the band’s calling card: They also hope to reinvigorate some musical corners that have gone little stale.

“We want this album to be a shot in the arm. A breath of fresh air,” McHargue says. “A resurgence.”

Morgan Ashely Opening

Morgan Ashley  

Hailing from College Station, Morgan Ashley grew up raising show cattle and barrel racing. She decided at age 17 to finally pick up the guitar that sat in the corner of her room for years and hasn’t put it down since! The Texas Music bug bit hard, and she knew she belonged on a stage somewhere in Texas.

Morgan currently plays over 150 dates a year at venues across Texas and beyond, introducing her unique brand of country music to fans at each stop. She has had eight songs chart in the Top 40 or higher on Texas Radio, and her all-time Spotify streams are over 155,000! She won the 2021 New Female Vocalist of the Year award at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards and the 2021 Female Artist of the Year award at the Texas Country Music Awards and was a finalist again in 2022!

Morgan Ashely is currently on tour with her high-energy, full-band show and is also available for acoustic solo, duo and trio shows.