Acclaimed Austin, Texas guitarist, producer and songwriter.- $15
ohn Gaar is a captivating soulful singer with a deft and provocative guitar style that converges to create a powerful and indelible impression. Emanating from the cultural-musical diversity of a rural Louisiana upbringing is the distinct style and energy of his music. His acclaimed 2004 titled Bittersweet Success debut album introduced his style to the world and his latest album, 2011's Brighter Side of Maybe, brings it to new heights. Gaar's sound is a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed southern roots into music into a sonic organic sound of America. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including blues, rock, folk, Americana and jazz, all of which he is well-versed. For John Gaar, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional ties to a spiritual connection. Brighter Side of Maybe introduces ten new introspectively written songs about life experiences which allow the listener to connect between the music of John Gaar and their own lives. Brighter Side of Maybe reunites keyboardist Ron D'Argenio and John Gaar after their successful recording and tour of 2004's Bittersweet Success project. Ron D'Argenio takes a formidable role as Producer and keyboardist on 2011's Brighter Side of Maybe. Gaar and D'Argenio worked closely together to mold and hone ideas for the collection of songs that became Brighter Side of Maybe, recorded by Congress House Studio in Austin, Texas. "The vibe is really conducive to making magic happen here at Congress House Studio," says Gaar. We were fortunate to have the skills and exceptional musicianship from the talents of longtime friends, New York bassist, Mark Harris, powerhouse drummer percussionist, Cody Banks, dear friend and brother, Malford Milligan, soulful vocalist, Micheal Cross, vocalist Ginger Leigh, strings creation, Warren Hood and Brian Standerfer and the hard working creative staff at Congress House Studio.
The Resentments are what happens when no one is watching in a very visible music scene. Most observe that The Resentments remind them of what is best about music in Austin, what the scene was like before it became self conscious and a point of international focus. Sometimes raucous, sometimes tender, every night is a different show with this Algonquin round table of seasoned musicians.
Beat Root Revival are a multi-instrumentalist roots duo, combining elements of Folk, Blues, Country and Rock n Roll to create a foot stomping, melodic sound, made up of power house harmonic vocalists Andrea Magee and Ben Jones Originally from England and Ireland, Ben Jones and Andrea Magee came to the USA 3 years ago like their ancestors before them, looking for a new life and to share their music far and wide. With just a Guitar, a Bodhran and a hunger in their harmonies and songs, Austin, Texas became their adopted home and they have developed an ever growing fan base gigging regularly while writing prolifically. In 3 years they have recorded 3 albums, been on national tours with Jonathan Jackson from ABC’s Nashville and the Grammy award winning Brian Wilson and the Grammy award winning Brian Setzer for his most recent Christmas Rocks tour. They are currently working on their fourth album and they are very excited for what the next year has in store!
Austin's favorite working class musician plays weekly live shows at the Saxon Pub on Monday nights with one of his bands, Lonelyland. Schneider is an eclectic singer-songwriter with strong alt-pop influences and a flair for poetics. His shows are one of the highlights about living in Austin.
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.