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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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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Elizabeth Cave is sure of herself, even if she isn’t sure where her music fits in. “People tell me ‘you should try to play clubs, you should go to these open mic nights,’ but I don’t necessarily know if that’s where this music is meant to be [heard],” says Cave.

As Cave explains, her songs, which often address themes of social justice, come from deeply Christian roots.

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Talking to members of the San Antonio six-piece band fishermen, it’s clear the guys aren’t fooling around. Of all the groups that came to our studios this summer for our “Back 40” live music project, they’re the only ones that brought their manager along. That they even have a manager is also telling.

“When did we not need a manager?” jokes bass player Roy Scavone.

Nathan Cone

Lonely Horse is a special breed in San Antonio. The self-described “desert rock” duo has a unique way of approaching music that turns singer/songwriter and guitarist Nicholas Long and drummer Travis Hild into a wild, dynamic soundscape. Although it’s just the two of them, they’re able to create the experience of hearing a full band.  

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