David Grissom

David Grissom has toured and recorded with artists such as John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Montgomery Gentry, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, and John Mayall, . His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Shannon Curfman and Storyville among others. He has been featured several times in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines. He is the author of the “Lone Star Guitar” instructional video and the book “A Guide To Blues/Rock Guitar Soloing.”
David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. He joined Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985 and toured and recorded nonstop until 1991 when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made 3 records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Texas to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Storyville made 2 records for Atlantic Records. Since 2000, David has divided his time between commuting to Nashville to do recording sessions and touring as the Musical Director for the Dixie Chicks in 2003 and 2006.
His first solo CD entitled “Loud Music” was independantly released on the Wide Lode label in July 2007. His second Cd, “10,000 Feet” was released in March of 2009. He is currently working on his third solo effort. Most recently, he played on Buddy Guy’s Grammy Award winning Living Proof CD and produced Texas artist Ryan Beaver’s second CD.

In 2007 Paul Reed Smith introduced the DGT, David’s signature model guitar which represents the culmination of a 25 year relationship working with Paul on the design and improvements of their guitars from a touring/session players perspective. He is also currently working with Doug Sewell and PRS to help develop their new line of amps.

Malford Milligan

Malford Milligan is a world class blues/soul singer, based out of Austin, Texas. With his nationally acclaimed band "Storyville," he recorded 3 CDs; 2 with Atlantic Records, and 1 with November Records. He performed on "Austin City Limits" 3 times; twice with "Storyville," and once with Eric Johnson. Malford Milligan has also appeared on the Conan O'Brian show. Malford Milligan has toured with BB King, James Cotton, Edgar Winter, Double Trouble, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and many more. Malford is now fronting "The Malford Milligan Band."

Malford has recorded on more than 30 albums with such artists as, Hal Ketchum, Marcia Ball, Doyle Bramhall, Alejandro Escoveda, Sue Foley, Stephen Bruton, Chris Smither, Eric Johnson, Double Trouble, The Boneshakers, and Toni Price among others

Denny Freeman

As an adolescent and young teen in Dallas, Texas in the late1950's, Denny Freeman heard on the radio the radical new sounds of people like Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Chicago and Louisianna blues artists like Muddy waters and Slim Harpo. Freeman would go to concerts that featured folks like Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown, and the Clovers. In the 60's there was Jimi Hendrix and Cream, and the wonderful jazz of the time. All of it contributed to the music that Freeman would come to play. Primarily a guitar player, he has played piano and organ on his own and other folks records and gigs over the years. Jennifer Warnes has him playing piano on one track (The Well [Reprise]) on her latest release. His piano playing also appears on James Cotton and Jimmie Vaughan albums. He toured on Jimmie Vaughan's first solo outing as the piano player.
Denny has been the main writer on the songs on his four, mostly instrumental albums, and teamed up with Kathy Valentine of the GoGos and Clem Burke of Blondie, to submit music to Deborah Harry for the Blondie "No Exit" album. Deborah wrote the lyrics, and "Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room" was born. He also co-wrote "BaBoom (Mama Said)" with Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan for the Vaughan Brothers' "Family Style" album.
After touring for a year and a half with Jimmie Vaughan in the mid nineties, he toured w/ Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band until late 2002, playing guitar. It was during this period that Taj' Grammy winning CD, "Shoutin' in Key" was released. "Playing with an American icon like Taj Mahal was a real honor for me. We went all over Europe and to Japan, and it seems that there are Taj fans in every nook and cranny, all over the planet."
After growing up in Dallas, going to college in north Texas, and a brief sojourn in L.A., Freeman moved to Austin, Texas in 1970. Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall, and Stevie Vaughan soon followed. If you were a musician, a part of the sub culture, or just had long hair, Austin was the place to be in that part of the world, at that time. It wasn't so much of a music town, Freeman observes. " It was the kind of place that musicians in the early 70's found hospitable. Lots of pretty girls, cheap rent, a laid back atmosphere, those things were especially helpful, in those days." The word got around and musicians are still moving there, today, although things have changed, like everywhere else, and cheap rent is certainly a thing of the past. The main thing, though, that these folks had in common, was that they came ready to play blues. Unhappy with the direction rock was heading after the demise of Cream and Jimi Hendrix, blues was the only thing that appealed to these and a few other people. But still it was a struggle. Of course, Jimmie, w/ his Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Stevie finally found some commercial success. Freeman lived and played with Jimmie and Stevie off and on through the 70's and 80's. There just weren't many players interested in playing blues, so the pool was small. "I first heard Jimmie Vaughan play in Dallas, when he was 16, and Stevie a few years later, in Austin, when he was around 17. It was obvious, even then, that we would be hearing from these guys. It took a while, but eventually most fans of guitar, the world over, came to know about them, too. We became friends, roommates, bandmates. Stevie still owes me $30 rent."
In 1975, the world famous Antones Night Club opened up. At first, the T Birds were the house band, providing backing for the famous Chicago, and other, blues artists that were booked. In the early 80's, another house band was formed, and Freeman had guitar and piano duties, backing up blues giants like Otis Rush, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Lazy Lester, and many, many more. "It was beyond anything I could have imagined. I never thought I'd see most of these guys, much less get to play with them. Some of the shows were recorded, so I'm even on records with my heros."
In spite of Freeman's work with Austin blues bands and blues artists in L.A., where he lived from1992 until late 2004, he doesn't consider himself a "blues guy". "I'd rather think of myself as a guitar player." The compositions on his four albums display a love of three chord rock n' roll, soul jazz, blues and old school r&b and soul music. "I'll always love listening to my old blues records, and trying to play it (blues), but I don't want to be stuck in that bag. I like to go out on a limb, sometimes. I also love ballads." Clem Burke plays drums on his latest CD, "Twang Bang."
Some of Freeman's early recordings (late 80's) ended up in low budget, mostly horror films. One, "Mortuary Academy", featured Paul Bartel and Wolfman Jack. He recently was in the studio (eraly 2004), playing on the new Percy Sledge album, "Shining Through the Rain", which includes a Denny co-write (w/ Fontaine Brown), "Love Come and Rescue Me", as well as his own new project. In October (2004), he was in the studio, with C.C. Adcock, and Scott Nelson and Mike Keller, working on Doyle Bramhall's forthcoming album, "Is It News?". (Spring release)
Denny played in the Bob Dylan Band from 2005 until August 2009, and plays on the Bob Dylan album, "Modern Times". Since the autumn of 2009, Denny has been playing in Austin, Texas a lot, mostly at the Continental Club, Antones, and The Gallery, and in DFW area clubs, and is preparing to record.

Chris Layton

Chris "Whipper" Layton was the drummer for the electric blues band Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Born in 1955 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Chris moved to Austin, Texas in 1975. Chris has played with various artists since the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1990, includingL the Arc Angels, with Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall II and fellow Double Trouble alum Tommy Shannon; Storyville, also with Shannon, vocalist Malford Milligan and guitarists David Grissom and David Holt; the Laura Love Band; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; and most recently a Double Trouble recording with various guest stars.

In 2004, Whip joined old friends Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and "Big" Ben Richardson to form Grady in Austin TX. The band released Y.U. So Shady in 2005 and toured to support the album through 2006. In early 2006, Chris left the band to pursue multiple music projects, and was replaced by Billy Maddox in Grady. He and Tommy Shannon played on Jimmy D. Lane's It's Time. In 2007 he drums for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd band on the Ten Days Out Legends Tour.

Derek O'Brien

Derek "Big House" O'Brien is a Texas-style blues guitarist, sometime bassist and record producer based in Austin, TX.

A stalwart of the house band at the famous Austin blues club Antone's Nightclub, O'Brien is most often found backing up other Austin frontmen, including Delbert McClinton, Lou Ann Barton, The Texas Tornados and almost anyone recording on the Antone's Records label.

O'Brien has also backed up major blues names such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. Ted Drozdowski, writing on Gibson Guitars' website, says, "O'Brien has a terse, arrow-sharp and spare style comparable to Jimmie Vaughan's – light on flash, but soooo right. Check it out."

Emily Gimble

Cindy Cashdollar

Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar's career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrison Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, and Dave Alvin. Cindy's unerring ability to complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo - and to do it in so many musical genres - has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene.

Cindy first heard the unique sliding sound of the Dobro in her hometown of Woodstock, New York where she honed her skills playing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, and many others who lived in the small but musically hip Catskill mountain town. Eight years and thousands of miles on the road with the premier western swing group Asleep At The Wheel helped her introduce the classic sounds of the non-pedal steel to enthusiastic audiences worldwide, and brought her five Grammy Awards and opportunities to work with musicians of the caliber of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and The Dixie Chicks.

National Public Radio listeners can catch her frequent guest appearances on Garrison Keillor's live radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion." In great demand as a teacher, Cindy has given many workshops and produced four instructional DVDs distributed internationally by Homespun Tapes. Her debut CD, Slide Show, featured guest artists comprising a Who's Who of contemporary roots music including Marcia Ball, Steve James, Mike Auldridge, and Sonny Landreth.

Whether adding driving leads behind Rod Stewart or alt. rocker Ryan Adams, swinging an instrumental with Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion band, or trading blazing licks with Texas Telecaster master Redd Volkaert, Cindy does it all with grace, imagination, and taste. And, in answer to her most frequently asked question, yes, Cashdollar is a real name.

Larry Fulcher

Larry was born in Houston, Texas and soon began his musical career singing in church at the tender age of five. At age thirteen, Larry moved to Southern California and began playing in bands at fifteen. Larry went on to record with Smokey Robinson and The Crusaders and during the eighties toured and recorded (keyboards and guitar)with many reggae artists, including The Wailers,Third World and Andrew Tosh. He was also a featured vocalist on the Emmy Award winning ABC-TV series, ‘I’ll Fly Away’ and won a Grammy and W.C.Handy Award for his work with Taj Mahal.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown (Bass) has played and recorded with an impressive list of blues and roots greats such as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Dave Alvin, Wanda Jackson, Billy Bragg, and Earl King. Sarah was part of the Antone's House Band during the 80's and early 90's and appears on over 50 recordings, including her own CD, "Sayin What I'm Thinkin" on the Blind Pig label. She has been profiled in Bass Player magazine, was awarded "best bass player" four times in the Austin Music Awards, and was nominated for two W.C. Handy Awards. She's also an accomplished songwriter, with her original songs having been cut by Marcia Ball, Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli, Joe Louis Walker, Irma Thomas, Ruth Brown and Lavelle White.

George Rains

George Rains played drums with Guy Parnell. He plays right-footed and left-handed because Ronnie Thayer (whose drums were set up on the Cellar bandstand) wouldn't let George move any of the drums! Nevertheless, George quickly became the best drummer in town, had the good sense to get OUT of town, and went on to play and record with San Francisco group MOTHER EARTH, and with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and Doug Sahm. After returning to Texas, George settled in Austin and currently plays with whom he pleases, notable among these being Austin favorites Junior Brown and Jimmy Vaughn.

Lou Ann Barton

In the early 1970s, she was a member of the Triple Threat Revue, with W. C. Clark and Stevie Ray Vaughan. She was a founding member of Vaughan's band Double Trouble, and did a stint with the jump blues band Roomful of Blues. During that time, in 1975, she joined up with W. C. Clark to form his W. C. Clark Blues Revue.

She recorded the album Old Enough for Asylum Records in 1982, a well-received recording that was co-produced by Jerry Wexler and Glenn Frey. Despite positive reviews, Old Enough did not sell well, and her tenure with Asylum Records was a short one. Barton recorded Forbidden Tones, a pop-oriented EP for Spindletop Records in 1986 that also failed to find a wide audience. Her next release was the 1989 album Read My Lips for the Austin-based Antone's Records, a triumphant return to her blues roots that featured inspired versions of songs made famous by Slim Harpo, Hank Ballard and Wanda Jackson, among others. Barton later collaborated with singers Marcia Ball and Angela Strehli on the release Dreams Come True (1990).

Riley Osbourn

From Austin Texas, Riley is a much sought after studio keyboard player having recorded on over hundred albums in his career. Riley has toured with the likes of Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson and has been on the road and in the studio with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band since 2007.

Mike Flanigin

Mike Flanigin is a masterful player of the Hammond B3 Organ, an instrument that went out of production in 1974. However, in his hands, it sounds more alive than ever. Deep funk, thick chords and powerful basslines propel his sound into the modern age...twisting jazz, soul, and rhythm & blues into a sound all his own.

A musician’s musician...he’s impressed greats from all genres of music...Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Jimmie Vaughan, David Byrne, Ryan Adams, Al Kooper, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, James Burton and Larry Goldings have all sang his praises after hearing him perform.

Miss Julia Magness

Julia was born in Austin Texas. She currently sings with The Original Bells of Joy. In 2011 she started a band so that she could pursue her love of music and performing. The band won the Austin Blues Society portion of the International Blues Challenge and traveled to Memphis to compete with bands from all over the world, advancing to the semi-finals. They are currently focusing on writing original material and performing around Texas.

They play a mixture of Blues, Gospel and R&B

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