B40

In-studio sessions from the Back 40 of the TPR offices featuring audio, video, and interviews with the performers. Enjoy the diverse sounds of South Texas!

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From a glance, Josh Glenn seems like your average folk musician. He has the requisite handsome beard and flannel shirt. While getting ready to perform in our B40 studio, he takes out his seasoned guitar and pedal assembly, connects them to an audio recorder, and starts playing various chords that are interrupted by a silence or an occasional bang on the body of his guitar. I am left very confused. Do all of his songs sound like this? They do. At the end of the performance, Josh can tell how puzzled I am and laughs.

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Christine Su’s musical journey has taken her from singing at home with her brother, to playing for her peers while earning a degree in pharmacy, to auditioning for a Korean pop show (despite not knowing how to speak Korean). Yet at her core lies a desire to connect with her and other’s emotions, deeply rooted in each of her songs.

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AMEA is a singer with no boundaries. Whether it’s her style of music or her writing, she has an original flair that is evident in every song that she performs. Her musical journey started here in San Antonio, where she came to earn a Master’s degree in Sociology at UTSA, and then took off after collaborating with local artists.

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With a manager, late summer studio plans with a high profile producer and songwriter, and all the members of the group finally in one city once again (drummer Nate Keeney just graduated from Texas Tech University and returned to San Antonio), things are starting to happen for The Native Roar.

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As she writes on her website, Rachel Laven is an “old soul with big dreams and wanderlust.” At age 23, she’s already had plenty of time to age the soul onstage, playing with her family band, The Lavens, as well as solo gigs and guest spots with YesBodyElse. But there’s no hint of weariness as she talks about her nouveau-bluegrass (“newgrass”) project, Sweet ‘Shine & Honey, formed in 2013.

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