SAN ANGELO, TX — Fort Worth Weekly music critic Steve Steward said the Quaker City Night Hawks offer up “a catalog boiling over with over-driven, ’70s-vibin’, Texas-mythologizing boogie, blues, and heavy psyche.” They aren’t country, but they’re definitely Texas, as their 2016 single release, "Queso Blanco", attests.
The Fort Worth band has been around for over a decade and has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. They haven’t ventured out into San Angelo or even some of the band members’ hometown of Lubbock much until this week as they kick the tires of the northern route of the Texas Country music circuit. They stop at Blaine’s Pub Thursday night on the way to the Blue Light in Lubbock on Friday.
Watch: "Queso Blanco"
Quaker City Night Hawks "Queso Blanco"
Interested in enjoying a new sound? With QCNH, think Whiskey Myers mixed in with a little bit of Pink Floyd behind riffs you’d expect from ZZ Top. The band’s genre is so out there at times that their 2016 album is titled El Astronauta. But a ‘Texas sound’ means you can still dance to their music— or tap your boots — like you can to their top Spotfy spin, “Some of Adam’s Blues.”
Their Queso Blanco song is something Texans can appreciate, too. It’s about their favorite Mexican food joint. In California, it’s a taco stand, but in the Lone Star State, its more formal.
“I want a numero uno from Ernesto’s Tacos,” the song starts out. As things heat up, the singer reminds you, “No cilantro,” because “they call me queso blanco.”
Their latest record is from 2019 and titled QCNH. It contains the hit single, a funky rockin’ tune, called “Suit in the Back.”
Thursday night, Blaine’s Pub, 10 W. Harris Ave., presents the Quaker City Night Hawks making their San Angelo debut. The show starts earlier than normal at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover or you can get tickets in advance at BlainesPub.com.