Since debuting in 2005, roots rock singer/songwriter Bart Crow and his band have practically worn grooves in the Southern and Midwestern highways from years of non-stop touring. A native of Maypearl, Texas, Crow played a bit of guitar in high school, learning some country and classic rock tunes, but it wasn't until after a stint in the U.S. Army that his songwriting sensibilities began to take shape. Following a move to Austin, he put together the Bart Crow Band, whose independently released debut, Finally, became a surprise regional hit, selling thousands of copies. Over the next five years, he would release two more albums, log thousands of road miles, and notch four number one singles on the Texas charts, all without the assistance of a label. His blue collar mix of Texas country, hard-edged rock, soul, and blues would continue to win him fans the old-fashioned way: through tireless gigging, radio exposure, and dogged persistence. Following a 2011 live album, he released his fourth studio LP, Dandelion, which debuted at number one on Billboard's South Central Heatseekers chart. Having paid his dues for nearly a decade, Crow signed on with influential Nashville label/management firm Thirty Tigers, which released his fifth album, The Parade, in 2015. He topped off that banner year with his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry as part of their 90th anniversary celebration. ~ Timothy Monger
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