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A duo who cite George Strait and Kings of Leon as two of their biggest influences, Shotgun Rider play music that's informed by rock and contemporary pop, but still bears the strong musical imprint of their upbringing in the Lone Star State. Two musicians from the Texas Panhandle, vocalist Logan Samford and songwriter/guitarist Anthony Enriquez, met in 2013. Discovering they were musically on the same page and eager to be a touring band, Samford and Enriquez formed Shotgun Rider, and released their debut EP in March 2015. The group soon racked up two hits -- "Dance or Drink" and "It Won't Matter Anyway" were streamed well over a million times each -- and they moved from self-releasing their material to partnering with distributor Thirty Tigers for their first full-length album, 2018's Palo Duro. Frontmen Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez both grew up in small towns near Amarillo, TX -- Enriquez in Dimmitt, and Samford in Nazareth. In 2013, Enriquez was writing with the project Seven Miles South when he struck up a conversation with Samford at a local gig. Samford joined the group as their singer, and they went on to record an EP. He and Enriquez found they had ambitions to take the band on the road that were not shared by their bandmates. They soon left Seven Miles South to form their own band, and Shotgun Rider set out to blend the traditional country sounds that dominated the Texas circuit with the rock, pop, and contemporary sounds familiar from their high-school days.

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