WIld Bill's HighBilly Happy Hour

WIld Bill's HighBilly Happy Hour

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The Shady Rest

After the huge success of the ALL THE KINGS MEN TOUR, The Shady Rest Band took their folk stomping skifle grass show on the road for a second time in 2012 to support their highly regarded debut album !MERICA... The great response and huge turnout in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and their home state of Texas last spring and fall has the band busy booking shows and finishing their new album, which is due out soon.

The band moved to the live music capital of the world from a small ski town in the Sierras 3 years ago, the band has been in high demand playing over 200 shows a year. After playing bars, parties, campfires, and festivals all over the Eastern Sierra for almost 2 years, in the fall of 2009 the band packed up and decided that Austin was going to be the place that they could really make things happen. Shortly after they arrived the boys picked up their first weekly residency, which they still hold, at the famous Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos who's past residents include Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Strait, Todd Snyder, and Randy Rogers. Often they are joined by guest musicians who enjoy the loose and friendly approach that The Shady Rest Band is known for while the boys rip through their ever growing catalog of songs. Playing well original music and filling spots in their uncommonly tight sets with tasteful cover tunes, the bands busy schedule has them playing regularly at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, The Taproom, and Sean Patrick's in San Marcos, Last Concert Cafe in Houston,and the Doublewide in Dallas. In the past year the band has been seen at many Austin hot spots that include Maggie Mae's, Fado, Trophy's, The White Horse, The Gypsy Lounge, The Salt Lick BBQ, and many others. They recently returned from second tour out west that had them playing to packed rooms in Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Phoenix, San Diego, Joshua Tree, Mammoth Lakes, Boulder, Kansas City, Tulsa, Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas supporting their full lenth album !MERICA... The Shady Rest Band is poised to hit the ground running in 2013 and plan to stay busy touring and recording new music for their growing fanbase.

The Shady Rest Band is an interesting collection of 5 friends who have come together to create a type of music that defies all traditional genres.


Wild BIll & Heaven's Ladder (perform from Beck's "Song Reader" album)

Wild Bill in yet another incarnation. This time Beck get the WB treatment....

The Memphis Strange

The Memphis Strange is an Austin, Texas-based good-timing, rocking little country band...or a yee-hawing, country-flavored rock & roll band. Either way. For further information, write the good people at Memphis Strange Int'l HQ. Or just make it up as you go.

James Hyland & the Joint Chiefs

Over the past decade, James Hyland has had it musically good as the lead singer and principle songwriter of the popular and lauded South Austin Jug Band. So what to do for an encore? Go back to the solo career he set aside when he formed SAJB. In the same spirit, do it with the magical musical assistance of some of his old Jug Band cohorts. And at the same time enhance his own artistic brand that, as Performing Songwriter raved, “possesses a hypnotic power and an intensity that is emotionally captivating.”

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION is just the sort of mesmerizing album to firmly make that mark, rich with the same qualities among many other of Hyland’s musical merits. And as an indication of just how captivating his voice, songs and vision are to Hyland’s many devoted admirers and followers, the recording of CELESTIAL NAVIGATION was financed through contributions from fans that truly value his work.

The new album is marked by what one might call a low-country sound, like the title of Hyland’s lovely and loving homage in song to his family’s South Carolina coastal roots. Praised by East Bay Express for creating “a kind of joyful noise that seems made of pure sunlight and moonshine,” Hyland weaves his spell this time out from the moods and vibes of twilight and nighttime. The result recalls Neil Young’s classic rural music rumination HARVEST and the sepia-toned Americana of The Band and plays as if Nick Drake were from the American South or Elliot Smith might have made a roots record. Yet just as Hyland did with recordings by South Austin Jug Band, this album’s sound blends genres and inspirations.

Back in the late 1990s, Hyland was a budding Austin singer-songwriter who had just recorded his first album, produced by Marvin Dykhuis (Tish Hinojsa’s longtime bandleader) with such Austin favorites as fiddler-guitarist Champ Hood and singer Toni Price on it. He had a weekly Sunday residency at the club Momo’s with Champ’s son Warren Hood on fiddle and guitarist Willie Pipkin behind him. For one show, he invited his bass-playing friend Will Dupuy to join them and Dupuy brought along his roommate, mandolinist Matt Slusher. The five of them had so much fun making music together and Hyland was so delighted by their talents that he immediately shelved his solo album and career.

“I had always wanted to be in a band with players who were that good,” says Hyland. “There was an immediate camaraderie and brotherhood. It was magic and it worked, and people liked watching us enjoy ourselves making music together.” Taking part of their name from a Muppets movie, they became South Austin Jug Band.

Playing a bohemian blend of bluegrass, acoustic country-folk, Texas roots and more with a wide-ranging beatnik sensibility, the Jug Band quickly became a weekly live music phenomenon that packed Momo’s. A limited-edition live album, PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN’, helped stoke the buzz, followed by three critically acclaimed studio albums: SOUTH AUSTIN JUG BAND (produced by the legendary Lloyd Maines), DARK AND WEARY WORLD (produced by Dykhuis) and STRANGE INVITATION. At the center of it all was Hyland, “whose gently rolling voice was exquisitely tuned to all six instruments, never showy, always poised for the right turn of musical phrase,” wrote the Austin American-Statesman.

Over its 10-year run, the award winning SAJB morphed through seven different configurations and covered countless road miles, winning devoted fans as well as critical acclaim such as The Austin Chronicle’s praise for its “superb musicianship [and] enticing songsmithing.”

After the Jug Band called it a day, Hyland spent the next year writing songs drawn from his time and travels with the group. “The new album reflects on the experience of all that and all the little themes you absorb but you don’t realize that your subconscious is grabbing,” he says.

“I want to put my personality into the music,” he says of his solo artistry. Yet at the same time, he sought to retain and refine the distinctive sound he and SAJB had created. “Those guys really are some of my heroes. I look up to them because they are amazing musicians. Their style is definitely a part of my sound, and I brought a lot of that over to this record.”

Hyland’s musical career has been a wonderful surprise for him. Born in Charlotte, N.C., where he lived until his family moved to Corpus Christi when he was in third grade. He was weaned on Motown. Around age 10, Hyland caught Bob Dylan playing “Like a Rolling Stone” on TV. “I couldn’t understand a word he said, but I loved the sound,” he says.

After high school, during which his primary interests were Led Zeppelin and basketball, Hyland enrolled at the University of Texas with the ambition of writing for film and television. “I just wanted to write,” he says. He started hitting Austin’s music scene, and what he heard inspired him to buy an acoustic guitar and a Willie Nelson songbook.

Hyland’s music has allowed him to do something he loves as a profession, and he will continue to in live performances with his band, The Joint Chiefs. “Nothing is going to keep me from playing music other than death or paralysis,” he says. “If I’m still playing music, I feel great.”

Sam Hadfield

Born and raised in the hills of western Kentucky in the town of Paducah, Sam Hadfield was, at an early age, imbued with a strong sense of family and hard work. Around the age of eighteen Sam began writing songs inspired by the music his father had given him. Folk singers like John Prine, Guy Clark, and Bob Dylan told a complex story in a plain-spoken language with which a boy from the country could identify.

While attending college in Louisville, Kentucky Sam released his first EP, “Brook Street”, a collection of songs inspired by leaving what you know in attempt to discover who it is you want to be. His song “New Orleans” received regular airplay on WFPK’s Radio Louisville.

After “passing” college, Sam followed his muse all the way down to Austin, TX to soak up the rich musical history and further pursue his life of writing and singing songs. His newest album, a full-length LP entitled, “Livin’ With Free Livin’ On My Mind” is set for release summer of 2013.

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