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 The Best North Texas Albums of 2014, So Far

8. A High Price for the Low Life by Justin Pickard
Beginning with "Tennessee Brown", an uptempo single which erupts into a harmonically layered Motown chorus...

04 Jul 2014 / Friday


 How Musicians Are Capitalizing on North Texas' Craft Brew Bubble

"Hell, some of these things pull close to a thousand people on a nice Saturday afternoon," says Pickard, who learned "Smoke on the Water" on his first guitar when he was 10. "...

04 Jul 2014 / Friday


 The Top Five North Texas Country Albums of 2014, So Far

3. Justin Pickard - A High Price for the Low Life

The king of the Saturday afternoon brewery tour show, Pickard, along with producer and fellow area artist Andrew ...

04 Jul 2014 / Friday


 The 10 Best Dallas Open Mic Nights

8. O'Riley's
8989 Forest Lane #120

This charmingly grimy billiards bar offers a limited ...

04 Jul 2014 / Friday


 Justin Pickard on CdBaby

Kicking off their long-awaited disc with rockabilly kicker "Graveyard Love" is the first of many good moments here. It sets the tone with, quite possibly, the coolest verse of all time: Hey ...

01 Feb 2012 / Wednesday


 Justin Pickard on MySpace

In April 2006, after less than 2 years as a band, Sidekick Mafia astounded the industry with what Harder Beat Magazine calls one of the best CDs of the year, locally or otherwise. Their breakthrough s...

31 Jan 2012 / Tuesday


 Harder Beat’s

Justin Pickard has always been extremely talented, but his stage presence has evolved into something rare - even a little reminiscent of Elvis on stage in his early years. Justin’s smooth moves, with ...

31 Jan 2012 / Tuesday


 Rd 1 Wk 1, 8/28 Love & War Plano

(a low keyed twist from regular Texas music)
Brett “great job.” “Justin, great pickin and vocals, and I love the little jig you are doing.”
Story and pix by Mary Jane Farm...

01 Feb 2012 / Wednesday


 Rd 2 Wk 1, 9/22, Hat Tricks in Lewisville

Sidekick Mafia is a thee-piece band that blends the influence of all three members into one infectuous, rhythm-making machine, the toe-tapping that gloms onto every foot led by Justin Pickard in ...

01 Feb 2012 / Wednesday


 Dallas' Best Band Ever

The singer/guitarist has the charisma, presence and skill of a Brian Setzer or Johnny Cash, with a dash Freddy Mercury on top. His vocals are strong and clear and perfectly suited for rockabilly,...

01 Feb 2012 / Wednesday


 SRS 2011, Finals 9/20/11 Love & War in Plano

Grant Jones said, “you guys, really good, killer songs. You have the whole folk influence in your music.” Parker added, “A 3-piece is really really hard to pull off, but I was captivated the whol...

01 Feb 2012 / Wednesday