Lead singer of the local band Cottonwood Crows, Matt Hartman, is the Home Grown Artist of the Week. He stopped by the radio station at Twisted J to talk about his band’s music and the Empire-Tribune’s Best of Erath County event.

The band was the first to hit the stage at Twisted J Live when it opened in January.

“It was fun and we were very lucky to get that too — not only to be playing with (William Clark Green) but to be the first one,” Hartman said.

The band also gets their merchandise made at the business and are doing well with their single “Back to You.”

“We’ve been in the top 25 on Texas Music Pickers charts for at least 15 weeks since we released it,” Hartman said.

Cottonwood Crows includes Hartman, Christian Gomez, Kyle Stowe, Mason Brown and Michael May and will be playing the E-T’s Best of Erath event this summer.

“I think this is going to be the event of the year here at Twisted J Live,” said Jody Caudle with Texas Home Grown Radio.

The Best of Erath event will not only feature Cottonwood Crows, but Courtney Patton, and both were nominated for best local musician in the contest.

“You can vote every day,” Hartman said with a laugh. “We’re excited about it.”

As far as music, Hartman said it’s healing.

“It can be a happy song or sad song, but being in music you don’t just pay attention to the instruments, you pay attention to how the song is written,” he said. “It gives you all kind of feelings and can help you at the end of the day.”