Guns of Navarone, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, The Bluebird Specials, Chief White Lightning

Guns of Navarone

Owing equally as much to Gram Parsons as The Replacements, Austin’s Guns of Navarone sing about the high and lonesome, and do so with enough whiskey-soaked bravado to convince you that they don’t spend too much time crying in their beers. There’s a punk’d-up energy and honesty that essentially mixes country-grit with indie-rock grammar. Their songs are coated with the rich, southern voice of vocalist and chief songwriter Cory Reinisch, which is beautifully supported by the angular guitar leads of Seth Grueneberg, driving bass rhythms from Dustin Meyer, and the subtle drum backbeats of Richard Knox that make for foot-stomping Americana rock. This is the kind of songwriting that feels directly tied to Austin’s influences, as much at home at Threadgill’s as on Red River.

Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs

Wild Bill has been keeping Austin weird since 2005, playing and writing for a variety of some of the most interesting underground bands in town. He now plays rowdy accoustic outlaw-indy shows with a little help from his everchanging/always rotating band, the Lost Knobs. With a commanding stage presence, Wild Bill keeps the crowd on their toes with an open-ended set that can go from cosmic country straight over to a full-on dance party from out of nowhere. Representing his roots of folk, country, and punk, Wild Bill adds humor and hip hop beats that make his music standout in a city known for unique individualism.

The Bluebird Specials

We're just two Missourians and a Pacific Northwesterner who met in a cat house in Big Sky Country. After burning it down we high-tailed it to Austin, Texas where we traded in our garters for sweet harmonies and hawked our wedding rings for musical instruments. The Bluebird Specials!

Mayeux and Broussard

Just some good ol' boys, never meaning no harm.

"The term “whiskey-soaked” gets thrown around a lot when talking about good ol’ Texas country, but upon listening to Austin group Mayeux and Broussard, it’s hard to deny them that title.

The group was formed in the summer of 2011 by frontmen Tate Mayeux (pronounced “My-You”) and Brian Broussard. Joining the duo in their band are Taylor Englert on d
rums, bassist Misha Ben-David, and Matt Wiley on lap steel, mandolin and banjo. The band has racked up some solid live performances at clubs like the venerable Hole in The Wall, the San Marcos stand-by Cheatham Street Warehouse and up-and-coming Austin honky-tonk The White Horse. They even had an opening slot at the late Leslie Cochran’s 60th Birthday Bash at Threadgill’s.

The band doesn’t have an official record out yet, but they’re working on a debut that’s set to release sometime this (fall)."
-Paul Carrubba 90.5 KUT


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