The Big Jug Band

In 2000, an ad ran in the Austin Chronicle looking for musicians interested in old-time and jug band music. I responded to that ad and met John Stansell, Brady Coleman, and Craig High. The Big Jug Band formed out of this quartet, adding Westen Borghesi, Frank Lee Devine, and many others. In the ten years […]

Giant City

Asked who is the favorite dance band in Austin, most of the bustling swing dance community here will say Giant City! This band, typically a sextet, started in 2004 after a fun night of jamming at Paul Schlichting’s pad. Paul, Joe Cordi, Jon Doyle, J.D. Pendley, Brian Rohde, and I gathered for a good night […]

Erik Hokkanen and The Hip Replacements

I’ve been playing with Erik as a member of The Hip Replacements since 2002. Terry Hale hit the road with George Strait so Erik asked me to cover the gig. Terry must still be out on that same tour; I’m still covering the gig. The band is a trio presently. Erik is leading the group […]