Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
What to Know Before You Go On A Cleanse

What to Know Before You Go On A Cleanse

Food & Drink: It’s been a year since I’ve taken up this gig of eating and drinking across San Antonio. Since then, no fewer than seven juice shops have opened in the area... By Jessica Elizarraras 8/20/2014
Big Hops Gastropub Brings Beer-centric Eats to the Northside

Big Hops Gastropub Brings Beer-centric Eats to the Northside

Food & Drink: On a recent Sunday, my wife and I drove up 281 and into the heart of San Antonio’s ever-expanding Northside suburbs to try out... By Lance Higdon 8/20/2014
SA’s Gritty PuroSlam is Feared, Respected in National Slam Poetry Scene

SA’s Gritty PuroSlam is Feared, Respected in National Slam Poetry Scene

Arts & Culture: See, there is this place where people participate in a ritual derived from the verbal tradition of telling and retelling stories to a room of bodies... By Melanie Robinson 8/20/2014
Brendan Gleeson Carries Pitch-black ‘Calvary,’ Weighed Down by the Rest

Brendan Gleeson Carries Pitch-black ‘Calvary,’ Weighed Down by the Rest

Screens: Father James (Brendan Gleeson) sits in a confessional, waiting. An unseen man enters the box and says, “The first time I tasted semen, I was seven... By David Riedel 8/20/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

The Sound & the Fury

Local songwriters make the cut for Troubadour, TX

Back in April, the producers of the 22-episode Troubadour, TX (a docu-reality TV series to premiere nationwide on the CW network and local NBC affiliates on September 24) were in town auditioning local songwriters.

“We are planning on following artists on the road, in their everyday life, and at performances,” producer Erin Gardner told the Current. “It’s NOT American Idol. There is no competition. [We’re] just looking at the lives of these Texas troubadours.”

More than 20 key songwriters showed up, and we were able to observe the process for a short while. The quality of the average performer was impressive, and I’m sure the producer’s decision wasn’t easy. Shortly after that audition, Gardner sent me an email. “We were so impressed ... We’re revamping our production schedule to accommodate more SA artists!” Finally, the producers made their decision: Nicolette Good, Little Brave, and Chacho and Brance are the local musicians that will be followed by Troubadour, TX.

I know what you’re thinking: Chacho who? I thought the same thing, and none of my friends and co-workers had any clue either. Who are these guys?

“Nobody knows us, I know,” said Lorenzo “Chacho” Saldaña, whom the Current found after searching the heavens and Earth. Chacho was born in Eagle Pass, has lived in San Antonio since 1995, and works as a vice principal at a local school. Brance Arnold is a repo man (!), they’ve both been writing dynamite blues/soul-folk songs, and they play anything from harp, guitar, and mandolin, to banjo and resonator guitar. They didn’t find out about Troubadour, TX until after the local auditions, so they auditioned in Austin and kicked ass (if an Austinite got left out because of them, tough shit — it’s about time we won one).

The timing was perfect: Chacho and Brance will present their EP debut, The Como Sessions (recorded in Como, Miss., with Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Jimbo Mathus) with a show at Saluté International Bar (2801 N. St. Mary’s) on Saturday, July 16, with Nicolette Good and Los De Esta Noche, who will be playing an acoustic set for the first time publicly. The Troubadour, TX people will be there, too. The show starts at 9 p.m. and, if you are a songwriter, I would suggest that you bring a demo or CD along. Who knows? If Troubadour, TX delivers on its promise, there should be a second season on the horizon.

[In two weeks, will launch with a zip code search option so you can find out where to watch. Stay tuned.]

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus