Lubbock home to a thriving, lasting live music scene

Lubbock home to a thriving, lasting live music scene

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Scott Faris of Amusement Park Recording Studios has produced bands like Flatland Cavalry which climbed to number two on iTunes Country charts after it's release. Scott Faris of Amusement Park Recording Studios has produced bands like Flatland Cavalry which climbed to number two on iTunes Country charts after it's release.
LUBBOCK, Texas -

The most galling misconception about Lubbock for its residents is the idea that there is nothing to do in the flat, dusty, cotton-surrounded West Texas city.

Those who think this need to open their ears. Lubbock is home to a thriving music scene that goes well beyond the legend Buddy Holly. 

It has seen artists launch out of the community of a little more than 250,000 folks; artists like Josh Abbott and Flatland Cavalry. 

"People in Lubbock have complained for years that there's nothing to do and that's not true, but they say it and there is a little piece of that that people just spend their time practicing, and so the musicians here are just really at caliber that many places just can't compete with," said Scott Faris, owner of Amusement Park Recording Studios. 

Faris's studio produced Flatland's first album which shot up to number two on the iTunes charts after its release, only behind Chris Stapleton.

On a nightly basis you can find live music, each performer with a sound that is unique to West Texas.

"There's heart, there's soul," said David Wilde with 93.1 Texas FM. "There's nothing to look at around here. It's flatland as far as the eye can see, but the beautiful thing is the music and maybe that's part of it. Maybe because there's nothing else to do around here, I don't know what the reason is but Lubbock has always sort of a jumping off point for a lot of artist, a lot of Texas artist."

Unlike other towns, Lubbock musicians keep a sense of Southern hospitality, often helping young artists get their name out by giving them an opportunity to perform or even simply by giving them pointers.

"I think Lubbock is an incubator," Faris said. "There are great venues that support live music but even deeper than that. There's great education here. You've got Tech, you got South Plains College, you've got Brandon Guitar Studio, School of Rock, all of these great entities that teach people how to play."

As that spirit continues it fosters an environment that is conducive to performers and is solidifying Lubbock's place on the world stage.

"I think as you see the arts district growing, you see the Buddy Holly Hall come along, you're going to see this blossom even further."

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