Photo: Cal Quinn
An alt-country band with punk roots, Vandoliers formed in 2015, bringing together a group of Dallas-Fort Worth musicians led by frontman Joshua Fleming. The band’s sophomore album, The Native, doubles down on their modern approach to traditional influences. Their unique sound, described by Rolling Stone as “…a jet-fueled take on the Texas two-step” earned them a spot on the magazine’s list of 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, prompting D Magazine to hail them as “…one of the most exciting new acts in all of Americana.”
A tribute to the band’s Texas homeland, The Native takes its listener through a swirl of East Dallas dive bars, Pantego pool halls, small towns, big cities, and the rolling ribbon of bluebonnet-covered highway that stretches throughout the state. The band kicks up a storm of Western swing, electric blues, roadhouse rock & roll, Tejano, cowboy country, and twangy punk. It’s a full cycle - a detailed exploration of what it means to truly belong somewhere.