“I am more excited about this year’s lineup than any other Toyota Texas Music Revolution.” These are the words Joshua Jones at KHYI 95.3 The Range says every year when it comes time to talk about the upcoming Toyota Texas Music Revolution (TTMR) festival, scheduled this year for March 23-24. And he means it.
It seems that this “each year is the best” philosophy of his doesn’t necessarily revolve around the fact that the bands are inherently better every year. At this point, every single TTMR festival provides a sample set of the most masterful artists in the country music genre. The continued excitement stems from the fact that each year, KHYI lines up the bands fans need to hear that year.
In 2016 we needed advice from legends. We got LeeAnn Womack and Chris Knight. Last year, we all deserved a good party. We got Kacey Musgraves and Kiefer Sutherland. So what’s the deal with TTMR 22? Apparently, we need some poetry.
Headlining this year, we have the inimitable Ryan Bingham, a fan favorite, triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist. Bingham, whose voice could be mistaken for that of a Civil War ghost doing an avant-garde impression of Tom Waits, exists as a bright star in a constellation of lyricists which also includes the likes of supernovas Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett.
In other words, he has the ability to make you cheer for the soundtrack of a broken heart.
“I have been trying to get Ryan Bingham to play a TTMR for years and years,” Joshua says. “His agent probably has a restraining order on me.”
Another huge coup this year for Joshua was landing Margo Price. On Price, he said, “The fact that we can add the hottest female act in country music to co-headline makes it that much more amazing.”
For all of the glittery bubblegum pop produced in modern country music, there is still hope for more of the outlaw spirit so evident in legends like Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam. Need proof? How about Margo Price, a lady who writes songs about America as she sees America. She has the conscience of Dylan, with a siren like voice that is the perfect hybrid of Neko Case and Gillian Welch. Margo Price is a folk singer at a time when art is more important than ever.
TTMR 2017 / photos by Jennifer Shertzer, Ronnie Blea and Jordan Buford:
Of course, a festival celebrating the best of outlaw country wouldn’t be the same without a few of our favorite country music staples. “I am also extremely excited to bring Ray Wylie Hubbard back to TTMR,” Joshua said. “He’s been to almost as many of these things as I have.”
Hubbard, who is most widely known for his song “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother,” an outlaw anthem and Texas dive bar staple, will have a brother in the legend department in the way of none other than Gary P. Nunn, whose own contributions to Texas Country, from the 1970s forward, have contributed to him earning the title as the Ambassador of Texas Music.
Joshua Jones is also excited about the festival’s organization this year. “Even though we are using the beautiful Oak Point Amphitheater stage on Friday night, we are not using it Saturday,” he said. “Instead, we are bringing in two stages into the main field to keep the proximity more manageable for concert goers.”
On his co-sponsors, he added, “We are thrilled that Toyota and Deep Ellum Brewing Company believe in this festival enough to support it the way that they do. And we love working with our friends at the City of Plano that share our vision to making this thing a success.”
TTMR Tickets are $52.50 for both days and $15 for Friday only. See the complete lineup and FAQs at the Toyota Texas Music Revolution Website.Toyota Texas Music Revolution Website >
Just like last year, Plano Magazine is bringing you a suggested playlist of songs by this year’s hottest acts. Get to know TTMR 22’s performers with this list curated by the guys over at KHYI 95.3 The Range.
Joshua Jones suggests:
Buffalo Ruckus “Carolina Calls”
Margo Price “Four Years of Chances”
Matt the Electrician “Faithfully”
Chuck Taylor suggests:
Margo Price “Do Right By Me”
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Snake Farm”
Ryan Bingham “Hard Times”
Brett Dillon suggests:
Jesse Dayton “Arkansas Chrome”
Ray Wylie Hubbard “The Messenger”
Ryan Bingham “Bread & Water”