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Lone Star wanderers

Band’s Texas roots show at free Aubrey concert

Folk with a little rock and a little twang will occupy the upcoming installment of Aubrey’s free music series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the city’s festival grounds.

Texas band Blacktop Gypsy performs in the July concert. Founding musicians Andie Kay Joyner and Heather Stalling met in the early 1990s with experience in indie music-making.

Stalling was an award-winning fiddler, coming off a two-year run as a support player in Branson, Mo. Joyner was still a teenager, but had sung for thousands of people at countless performances. Each had grown up in musical families that exposed them to bluegrass, folk and traditional country music.

For the next decade, the girls groomed themselves for their own band by separately backing Texas artists Mark David Manders, Max Stalling, Johnny Lee, Tommy Alverson, Bob Schneider and others. Joyner and Heather Stalling took a Tuesday night residency at the legendary Dallas honky-tonk Adair’s Saloon for almost a year.

Life happened to them all the while — rocky relationships and disappointments — and tapped a wellspring for their own songs. Their band released its sophomore album, Whirlwind, in 2011.

Aubrey’s festival grounds are at 301 S. Main St. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are allowed, and food vendors will sell concessions.

— Lucinda Breeding