Koe Wetzel is no stranger to East Texas. The Texas rock and roll, Americana and alternative country artist currently calls Stephenville home.
Though currently on his summer 2018 tour, Wetzel and his bandmates will be returning to East Texas to perform at Sherman’s “Hot Summer Nights” concert series Thursday. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Sherman Municipal Building.
The band is made up of Wetzel on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, drummer Andres Rocha, harmony vocalist and bassist Mason Morris, lead guitar player Michael Odis Parrish, and lead guitar player Jerrod Flusche. Their full-length album “Noise Complaint” was released in 2017.
In a 2017 article by GuideLive.com, Wetzel is compared to artists like Parker McCollum, Flatland Cavalry and Shane Smith and the Saints. Though he is still an independent artist, Wetzel’s Spotify presence is comparable to Cody Johnson and the Randy Rogers Band, the article said.
“I never check my email, so I never saw the emails Spotify sent me,” Wetzel said in the article about the time when his music was taking off the music website. “When my music was stripped off everywhere I had people chewing me out all over the internet. … That whole thing made even more people pay attention and (Spotify has) been better for us than being all over the radio.”
Notable Wetzel songs include “I’m Done,” “February 28, 2016,” “Something to Talk About” and “Tell It All Town.”
“A few weeks ago, we pulled up to the Silver Saloon in Terrell and the line to get in the door was down the block,” Wetzel said in the GuideLive.com article. “And it just blew us away. It’s a 2,000 person room and it was packed, so when we got on stage, I couldn’t see the back of the place. We just kind of looked at each other and I said, ‘OK, here we go.’”
Wetzel’s 2018 tour began in May and will continue through August with 24 dates still ahead.
“I want to be as different as possible,” Wetzel continued in the GuideLive.com article. “We’re not on a record label, and we’re not underneath anybody. We only do things we 100 percent want to do, and screw everybody else.”
For more information on Wetzel, visit koewetzelmusic.com.
The next Hot Summer Nights performer will be the Spazmatics, who will take the municipal lawn stage on July 20.