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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Back in 1962, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was formed in San Antonio to carry on the mantle of traditional jazz in the style of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, and other early stars of the jazz era. The group’s success led to the establishment of The Landing, and the long-running public radio program “Riverwalk Jazz.” And while Jim Cullum remains a fixture on the San Antonio scene, there’s now a second band of young cats playing hot jazz in San Antonio, and with Cullum’s blessing.

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In an era where anyone can with a Macbook can produce music, Tera Ferna shows us the importance of an honest-to-goodness, flesh-and-blood band. With their “soul rock” style and brotherly bonds, the band merges four highly distinctly individuals into one fresh and smooth-running musical machine.

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Jed Craddock, A.K.A The Unusuals has created his own kind of “intelligent pop.” Blending uplifting lyrics with electronic instruments and guitar, Craddock emanates John Mayer but adds his own kind of modern twist. 

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In a world where trap music is dominating the radio, Cadillac Muzik is going old-school with their original hip hop style. Comprised of Beseja "CaddyMack" Moses and Scott Campbell aka "DaddyDvill", this alternative hip hop duo began in San Antonio and has now grown to being #8 on the European Indie Top 200 Charts, and charted top 40 on the DRT National Airplay Top 150 Chart with their song "Mind Play."

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At a glance, Volcán appears to be a band straight out of a Latin American country, maybe Venezuela or Cuba. So much so that many of the band members are often caught in a guessing game of what country they originate from, especially lead singer Jose Huizar. Which rich vocals and an impeccable Latin accent, Jose fills the room with his presence and takes you to another world, far from Texas.

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