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Yellow City Sounds series to continue with Martindale, Shafter duo
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Charlie Shafter and Matt Martindale will team for YCSL
Photo by Nancy Smith

Americana singer-songwriters Matt Martindale and Charlie Shafter will join forces for the next Yellow City Sounds Live concert.

The intimate concert — a joint production of Panhandle PBS and Amarillo College's FM90 — will begin at 7 p.m. Panhandle PBS studio, 2408 S. Jackson St. Click here for tickets.

Martindale, a Pampa native, is lead singer of popular Texas country band Cooder Graw, which was formed in Amarillo in 1998. Martindale’s years as a criminal attorney — on both the prosecution and defense sides — informed his songwriting, and between those lyrics and the band’s signature “loud country” style, the band started getting national attention within just a couple of years. After a few years’ hiatus, Cooder Graw reformed in 2012 and continues to play around the region. Martindale was elected in November as judge of Randall County Court at Law No. 2.

Shafter, an Illinois native, started coming to Amarillo as a teenager in the late 1990s and began performing with Martindale. He moved to Texas full time in 2003, where he played in bands in Amarillo and Lubbock until 2010, when he moved to Denton. He now lives in Fort Worth and released his third album, When I Was Yours and You Were Mine, in 2019.

Admission is $10. Space is limited, and tickets are required.

The concert is part of Panhandle PBS and FM90’s promotion of Country Music, the new eight-part series from Ken Burns premiering at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 on Panhandle PBS. Visit  for more on the series and other local engagement initiatives.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Empty seats will be released by 6:50 p.m. and given to someone on the waiting list. The show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live and recorded for later broadcast, so late arrivals inside the main studio are not allowed.

Those who can’t attend the concert can listen on Amarillo College’s FM90 (89.9 FM) or online ( or watch a livestream on Panhandle PBS’s home page ( and Facebook page (

Upcoming concerts in the series will include blues-rockers Cody Jasper and Johnny Reverb on Oct. 3 and husband-and-wife duo Courtney Patton and Jason Eady on Nov. 21.

The 2019 Yellow City Sounds Live series previously has included jazz/swing trio Snaps for Sinners on June 27 and country icon Michael Martin Murphey on Aug. 5.

Support for this concert series is provided by the Gilliland Family Foundation, Reed Beverage and Hampton Inn — Amarillo West.