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Thursday, August 9, 2018

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COULTER COUNTRY Jayton singer-songwriter Slade Coulter has found receptive audiences across the state for his brand of Red Dirt Country this summer.

At 20, Slade Coulter’s not old enough to order a drink in the brew houses, wineries and clubs where he’s the marquee musician.

But youth has not slowed the 2016 Jayton High School graduate from making a musical impact in venues across the state in the summer of 2018. This year he has performed in Albany, Lubbock, Ft. Worth, Fredericksburg, Mason and Llano and has appearances slated for the rest of the year in Midland and Lubbock.

“I would describe my music as Red Dirt Country,” Colton said, and listed among his influences Tyler Childers, Robert Earl Keen and the Turnpike Troubadours.

Colton’s also a songwriter and you can catch many of his original tunes on YouTube or at his Slade Coulter Music Facebook page.

A junior at Texas Tech with a double major in marketing and management, the singer-songwriter has only been playing guitar since he was sixteen, although he was a part of the Jayton Jaybirds marching band throughout high school.

His uncle, another musician, performs at The Blue Duck Winery in Albany and asked Coulter to play with him and then his opportunities for other gigs just started rolling in.

In describing the life of a touring musician, Coulter said, “It’s been awesome. It’s been a real blessing to me.”

As for the kinds of venues he enjoys playing in, he said, “The singer and the performer in me likes to go where crowds are dancing, but the songwriter in me likes groups that want to listen.”

Even though he’s a solo performer, Coulter is in the process of putting together a band and taking more steps in his musical aspirations. “I’m looking to cut a demo in the next six months or maybe put out an EP (an extended play recording that has several of his songs),” he said.

Coulter is one of eight children. He has six sisters and one brother, and music is a part of the family. “My dad’s a musician, one of my sisters plays the piano and the others sing,” he said. His family lives in Jayton.

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