Shotgun Rider

Band Members: Logan Samford, Anthony Enriquez
Releases: Palo Duro (2018), Panhandle EP (2016), Sunlight – EP (2016), Whirlwind – EP (2016), Shotgun Rider – EP (2015)
Years at MusicFest: MusicFest 2019 Debut

The Palo Duro Canyon runs through the Texas Panhandle for more than 100 miles. It’s an explosion of color in an otherwise lonely place, interrupting the windswept flatlands with steep canyon walls and vibrant rock formations. Nearby, in a small house filled with musical instruments, the duo known as Shotgun Rider began to craft a sonic landscape of their own. Bandmates Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez had both been raised on the sounds of the south — the country hits that came across the FM radio; the gospel songs that Logan sang in the church choir; the George Strait albums that every Texan seemed to own — but loved the sweeping, hard-hitting anthems of bands like Kings of Leon, too. Drawing on those influences, they carved out their own sound: a mix of country twang and guitar-fueled rock & roll stomp, as epic and darkly cinematic as the Texas landscape that inspired it. Palo Duro, the band’s full-length debut, is a nod to Shotgun Rider’s roots. A series of EPs — each one shining a light on Samford’s elastic voice and Enriquez’s melodic, muscular guitar playing — proved to be popular not only in the Bible Belt, but across an entire nation’s worth of country-rock fans. By the time Shotgun Rider began recording Palo Duro in Nashville, they’d already racked up over 6 million streams of Spotify, cracking the Top 20 on the iTunes Country chart three times along the way. With Palo Duro, Samford and Enriquez tip a hat to everything that’s brought them to their current position… then grab the wheel and drive into unknown territory, chasing down a horizon that belongs to them alone. Welcome to The MusicFest stage – go get ‘em!

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