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AUDIO: Strangetowne on its blind-date origins, life on the road and alternate versions of their hits
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Strangetowne will headline the Create! VIP Preview Party on Friday.
Photo by Wrus Little


By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

I sat in the FM90 studio recently with Tyler Horning, Lincoln Youree and Ben Cargo of Strangetowne last week to preview their performance as headliners of Friday's VIP Preview Party for the Create! downtown arts festival.

The band (including drummer Jordon "Stickbag" McClain, who couldn't join us in the studio) will perform on stage in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St., during the party, which runs 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $75, which 

Also at the party, Katie Eddins will provide karaoke, allowing visitors to sing from the center's stage, and visitors can paint in the Education Room with Burn Studios. Food and beverages will be provided. Artists Marsha Clements, David Corbin, Luz Angela Crawford, Ann Crouch, Ralph Duke, Kent Harris, Melynn Huntley, Kyle Singleton, Mary Solomon and Gary Ward will display their works in an art show and sale. Tickets are available at the Center City office, 1000 S. Polk St.

The festival — which continues with a free party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in and around the Globe-News Center — puts a spotlight on visual and performing arts as Center City is spearheading a drive to have portions of Amarillo designated as a cultural district with the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

Call 806-372-6744.

In the audio interview above, the band members talk about how they first got together in what was essentially a blind date. They also talk about their hectic touring schedule, which will next have them on the road with Band of Heathens. And they also perform new versions of "You Ought to Know" and "Hard-Earned Love."



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.