Hector Ward & The Big Time

Hector Ward & The Big Time is a 9 piece band encompassing: Rock, Blues, Country, Latin Grooves, Funk and Ska, The sound is truly Texas Music. This is Hector Ward’s first solo project after his band Sigmund Fraud's release in 2005. Hector has been playing music in Central Texas and beyond for over 15 years. He grew up in a small town southwest of Houston, Texas called Damon. He calls Austin, Texas home.
Hector’s unique blend and style has broken into many genres. The mix of Texas Blues/Country enamored with Funk and Latin grooves is something all will enjoy!


In an interview which is widely available on youtube, legendary funk percussionist Jab’o Starks explains the James Brown sound in raw terms - “for the beat, you hit the ‘ONE’ to say we’re here!” He ought to know – as Browns’ drummer, he was the co-architect of such classic hits as “Sex Machine,” “The Payback,” and “Super Bad,” securing for himself a place in the funk Hall of Fame. In 2009, FLYJACK’s bassist Brad Bradburn formed a friendship with Starks, and asked him to perform on the group’s first release for Hammondbeat Records. The result is “On the One” – an EP so heavy with 70’s funk power you may need a forklift to get it home.

FLYJACK is the brainchild of guitarist Buck McKinney and bassist Brad Bradburn – former members of the groundbreaking Austin, Texas instrumental funk group Gnappy, which released three critically-acclaimed albums from 2001 through 2006. Named for the Richard “Groove” Holmes song of the same title, FLYJACK draws its inspiration from the hard-hitting funk of the late 60’s and early 70’s – bands like the JBs, Mandrill, Rufus and the Bar-Kays. Joining FLYJACK for “On The One” are Italian Hammond B-3 maestro/Hammondbeat Records label-mate Paolo “Apollo” Negri , and electrifying Austin, Texas vocalist Tameca Jones.

“One the One” kicks-off with the title track, featuring Starks’ lean stick-work, percolating Wurlitzer, and a hook that digs in deep. Barn Burner is a chunky dance floor workout with soaring vocals, pulsating bass, ominous horns and a psychedelic mono-synth outro. James Brown classic Ain’t It Funky Now is fueled by amazing solo performances from Negri, McKinney and the Hellfire Horns – clocking-in at an epic 6 minutes. Tell Me What You Want ups the dance floor ante with a heavy four-on-the-floor beat, dueling vocals, echo-driven guitar and seductive Fender Rhodes. The record ends with an alternate version of On the One – a heavy-strutting, Rufus-influenced affair conceived by Starks during rehearsals for the EP – the perfect ending to this funk masterpiece.

We perform soulful, funky, bluesy, mish-mashed, sadhappy songs that are worthy of your time. Give us a listen, and get your groove on. The LaRues came to be in 2010. Singers, Kara and Sonya started the group, then in late 2010, joined up with Chris, Jon, Max and Gabe, from a great instrumental band, called Bigfoot. The girls and boys started creating music together, and a marriage of soul and sound was made. They liked what they made so much, they decided to call it The LaRues. In early 2011, Sharon joined the group, and the set was complete. 3 part harmony, tight instrumentation, and a funky groove, to boot - what more could you want in a band?! The LaRues are now performing at a dive bar near you!


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