Shane Smith and the Saints / John Baumann / Jordon Isaac

Shane Smith and the Saints perform in Dallas.

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There’s a new generation of Texas country artists dominating college-town honky-tonks in the way that Pat, Jack and Charlie and did 20 years ago. The field of bands vying for eager ears is certainly more crowded these days than it was back then, though. Shane Smith and the Saints, as much as any other young act in Texas, has been able to grow its popularity while producing high-quality records featuring a number of styles and influences ranging from folk, punk and country, with some sweet harmonies attached. And armed with his fine new record Proving Grounds, Austin’s John Baumann is an opening act not to miss out on.

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