SILVERTON, Texas – The chances are good that William Clark Green will find a lot of comfort in Silverton, a community of about 600 residents
You see, Green was raised in Flint, Texas, a town that boasts a “sparse” population. That’s tiny. But Green’s music isn’t, and that’s why he’s the headlining act Friday night’s action-packed concert list at the Buck Wild Days Rodeo, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which will also feature Hogg Maulies and No Dry County, will follow on the baseball diamond adjacent to the rodeo grounds shortly after the last bull is bucked.
Green began writing music at age 13 and was opening act for The Dragliners at age 14. Now accompanied by his band – bass guitarist Cameron Moreland, drummer Jay Saldana and banjo player Austin Davis – Green recorded his first album, “Dangerous Man,” which released in September 2008.
But he garnered some valuable lessons along the way. As a freshman at Texas Tech, Green began playing the Monday night spot at Recovery Room and worked his way up to the headlining show on Thursdays. He played at the Blue Light in Lubbock, Texas, and after many acoustic shows, he found the band that carries his name.
“The fact that the Buck Wild Days Rodeo in Silverton has William Clark Green headlining Friday night’s concert moves the summit of local entertainment to an elevation that will leave those in attendance gasping for air,” said Corey Johnson of 101.6-FM KFLP in Floydada. “Texas Country music is on the rise and I can’t think of anyone better to lead this event than someone as ‘dangerous’ as William Clark Green.”
Built in Rotan, Texas, the Hogg Maulies are based in Lubbock and share a vibrant sound that is reaching listeners. Formed by lead vocalist Rode Morrow and drummer David Mullins, the five-member band boasts of strong roots in the Texas Country genre, thanks in part bass guitarist Craig Tally, lead guitarist Jeff James and electric rhythm guitarist Parker Morrow.
The band is on its third album, August Rain, which has released the single “Good Heart.” It’s a nice addition to the band’s other two albums, Here To Stay and Live At The Blue Light.
In its purest form, Hogg Maulies is proud of the roots dug deep into the Texas Country soil. From their first shows at a hanger in the Rotan airport to their regular sets at the Blue Light in Lubbock, the band has found a zone that fans have come to enjoy.
“I can assure you of two things: this year’s rodeo will be ‘Buck Wild’ and the music, well … it’ll be ‘Hogg Wild,’ ” Johnston said.
With its country and Americana music touched by classic rock ’n’ roll, No Dry County is leading the way for a younger generation of artists involved in Texas Country. Led by lead singer Trent Langford, No Dry County performs heartfelt music with lyrics that are about real life experiences.
It’s fitting the four-person band is reaching out to fans of the Buck Wild Days Rodeo, where their songs about real places and real people will be well received. It’s why Langford, Mitchell Rambo, Monte Ebeling and Matt Newsom have No Dry County gaining popularity.
“With No Dry County leading off the Texas Country trifecta at this year’s Silverton rodeo, you can bet that this will soon be the premier event in the Texas Panhandle,” Johnston said.