The Bodarks
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The Bodarks

McKinney, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

McKinney, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Americana Folk



The best kept secret in music


"Brett Dillon - KHYI 95.3FM The Range"

“Great harmonies, great vocals...great job of connecting with the crowd and trying to bring us up on the stage.” -- Brett Dillon - KHYI, 95.3FM The Range - Shiner Rising Star Critique

"MJ Farmer -- Scene In Town"

“This 4-part string band brought their A-game and included in that were their collective and individual personalities.”
MJ Farmer - Scene In Town -

"Chuck Taylor -- KHYI 95.3FM The Range"

“The Bodarks are a kind of string band in the vein of Pokey LaFarge, Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Avett Brothers... And they've really got that sound.” -- Chuck Taylor - KHYI 95.3FM The Range - Shiner Rising Star Critique

"Donnie Nelson - GM, The Dallas Mavericks"

“There's all kinds of cool elements from bluegrass to ragtime... Really connected with the crowd.” -- Donnie Nelson - GM, The Dallas Mavericks - Shiner Rising Star Critique, semi-finals


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“It’s a porch-stompin’, fiddle-sawin’, bass-spankin’ hootenanny,” says Lifestyle Frisco.  The Bodarks are “a genre-creating string band from around the Metroplex,” according to Buddy Magazine, who have “developed their own unique Americana music.” And Chuck Taylor of KHYI 95.3FM likened them to Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers.

Formed in 2012 from remnants of hard rock, country, and R&B bands, they set aside their electric gear for traditional bluegrass instruments to create something both new and old. No sooner had they formed than they were selected as a Shiner Rising Star finalist.  Eventually they found their own style, the fruit of which are two albums full of original music and a following of diverse fans. Through the years they have side-staged for acts equally as diverse, such as Kansas, Pat Benatar, Gary P. Nunn, The Old 97s, Randy Rogers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

​Catch a live hootenanny in North Texas at venues such as House of Blues, Lava Cantina, LSA Burger Co., and Legacy Hall. 

"The Bodarks are very entertaining... It's a rockin' show!"   - Brett Dillon, KHYI 95.3FM 

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