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Prophets and Outlaws: A down-to-earth southern rock band with a groovy sound

Johnna Headley, Reporter

Prophets and Outlaws

Album artwork depicts Prophets and Outlaws’ Texas Home ep, named after the single.
Album artwork depicts Prophets and Outlaws’ Texas Home ep, named after the single.

It is no surprise that Texas country music fans catch themselves singing to the groove and relatability of Prophets and Outlaws songs.

Lead singer, guitarist and song writer Matt Boggs is accompanied by brothers, Steven and James Guckenhiemer, on lead guitar and drums, respectively, CJ Thompson on bass and Jamie Ringholm on piano.

In an interview with The Lasso, Matt Boggs shared some insight into the inspiration for their songs and the meaning behind the lyrics. Reflecting on personal, emotional or powerful experiences, Matt and Steven like to paint the picture, set the scene and write about what they see. “We definitely spend a lot of time on [writing] lyrics and we really work to get them right,” Boggs added.

Boggs admitted to getting emotional while playing Texas Home. It’s a song that provides the perfect example of using everyday life experiences as lyric inspiration. “I wanted to write a song about my Papaw and pay tribute to what a great man he was. He was the most Texan person in the family and I think it’s a subject that gets a lot of people excited.”

The five piece is currently recording a new five song EP that will bring more Texas Soul to the radio in 2016. “The music is really going to groove, which I think is important in Prophets and Outlaws music. A lot of these small towns show up not just to watch but to dance so we want to accommodate [them],” Boggs added.

Upcoming shows

This Saturday, Prophets and Outlaws will take the stage at the Mule Barn Sports Bar and Grill in Justin. Located 3 miles North of the Texas Motor Speedway, the Mule Barn would be a quick 30 minute drive for TWU students to attend.

Prophets and Outlaws will make their headlining debut at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas on Dec. 10. “We grew up in DFW and as a kid I always knew it was a fun place to go, but now as a singer or being in a band you start to think, ‘Man it would be cool to have enough fans to be able to play at a place like that.’” Boggs added, “It is a little bit surreal.”

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