Changes – Six Crucial Music Questions for Texas King

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We have a formula to determine if a song is good.

One, it has to make you stop what you’re doing and take pause.

Two, it has to sound good when it’s strummed acoustically.

Here’s an example:


Yup, “Strange Life” is a magnificent song by London, Ontario’s Texas King.

But Texas King isn’t a one-trick pony.

This band crafts stirring tunes (sung by the phenomenal Jordan Macdonald) and plays extraordinarily tight — performing just as good live as they do on their albums.

We really want to move this article along (and get to Jordan’s interview below), but before that happens we have one more glowing thing to write.

If you want to feel like you did pre-COVID and understand how music and live performances have the capacity to lift you to a higher plane, watch Jordan and members of Texas King. Honest Heart Collective, Lost in Japan and Daytrip sing a cover of The Killers’ “When You Were Young.”

The video clip (recorded during a holiday show in 2019) will bring a hopeful tear to your eye. It will also make you want to visit London, Ontario.

Keep it coming Texas King. You’re on a royal roll.

Texas King (left to right) is Jordan Macdonald (vocals/guitar), Phil Spina (bass), Colin Gray (guitar), and Melvin Murray (drums).

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Texas King’s new EP Changes is out now.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR … JORDAN MACDONALD, OF TEXAS KING

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NAME: Jordan Macdonald

AGE (if you want to give it up): dirty 30 baby come onnnn!

HOMETOWN: Oakville, Ontario

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

When I was a young, young kid my dad’s friend gave me an inflatable electric guitar that was bright orange. I would take this thing to the mall, church, the dentist, friends’ houses, etc… It would constantly get popped and I’d have to put duct tape to patch the holes eventually we had to throw it out and my dad allowed me to start messing around on grandma’s old classical guitar!

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

When I fell during a very high-energy show at a small venue in Washington DC and snapped the headstock off my brand new guitar… on day 3 of our biggest tour.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

I love the excitement of a new city every day. Love meeting new people and playing at new venues. The food in each different city is something I always want to check out. Things that I dislike are being in the cramped van. As a 6’4 man with long legs it really hurts. Also with the van … it STINKS. And I hate no-shows for guest list spots. Pet peeve there.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

Grooves in London Ontario!

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

My favourite album of all time (tough one) but I got to go with Champ by Tokyo Police Club.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

Probably the Canadian embassy to get me the hell home, haha.

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IMAGE CREDITS

Band photos courtesy of Texas King and photographer Stephanie Montani.