One of the most promising up-and-coming acts in Texas music—and one people were even talking about as being a potential replacement for the void left by the Turnpike Troubadours going on indefinite hiatus recently—have just shared some breakup news of their own. The Texas Panhandle-based duo Shotgun Rider consisting primarily of singer Logan Samford and guitarist Anthony Enriquez have announced they have decided to go their separate ways.
“To our fans. Thank you for giving us 4 years of incredible memories. For letting us chase our dream, we will never be able to thank you enough for your support,” the duo said in a statement released late Monday afternoon (6-3) “We have decided our time together as Shotgun Rider has come to an end. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for this incredible chapter in our lives.”
Releasing their first EP in 2015, two more EPs in 2016, and their full-length debut Palo Duro in 2018, the duo boasted a sound that sat somewhere between George Strait and the Kings of Leon. This young and accessible approach to country music has garnered them a growing fan base, and the duo had received Texas regional radio play on numerous songs, and were beginning to receive bigger opportunities at festivals and the Texoma touring circuit. Saving Country Music reviewed their debut album, and included their song “I’m Not Alright” on the Top 25 Playlist.
Booked by Red 11, which handles many of Texas and Red Dirt’s biggest performers, and managed by Alex Torrez, they had the team in place for a bright future. Guitarist Michael “Scooter” McDonald had recently left touring with Bri Bagwell to be a part of Shotgun Rider’s band. The duo also had a host of upcoming tour dates scheduled that have now been cancelled. Don’t be surprised if you hear from Logan Samford or Anthony Enriquez again in the future.