The Lonesome Heroes
After being selected by a panel of judges including Tom Waits, Keith Richards, and Suzanne Vega, The Lonesome Heroes debut full length Daydream Western won the Vox Pop Award at the The Independent Music Awards for 2011. Described by Austin NPR affiliate KUT 90.5 FM as: "Western Americana, a cross-pollination of rock, folk, and country with psych and indie pop – influences from their Texas and Brooklyn backgrounds. It’s the soundscape that occurs when indie rock and country artfully cross paths." Inclusive in sound, the Lonesome Heroes are as comfortable in the West Texas desert as the sandy shores of California. Daydream Western represents a maturation of their sound into a highway revelry that crosses state lines and blurs genres seamlessly.
The core of the band consists of the shared songwriting and vision of Austin based couple Landry McMeans (vocals/dobro) and Rich Russell (vocals/guitar.) 27 states, four years of national touring, and two critically acclaimed EPs finally brought the Lonesome Heroes to the studio under the production guidance of Austin steel guitar legend, Gary Newcomb (Li'l Cap'n Travis, Richard Buckner, Okkervile River, Stone River Boys, Bill Callahan.) Home in Austin after nearly 5 months on the road this summer the Lonesome Heroes are working on their next record to be recorded in San Diego in February 2013.
The Magnetic Fields, The Silver Jews, Gillian Welch, Johnny Cash, Smog, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, The Velvet Underground, Band of Annuals, Graham Parsons, Lil' Cap'n Travis, Beck, Neko Case, Hank Williams, Luna, Jan Bell, Yo La Tengo, The Flaming Lips, The Weary Boys, Patty Griffin, Herman Dune, Galaxie 500, Jolie Holland, Kris Kristoferson, The Darling New Neighbors, Will Oldham, Leo Rondeau, Woody Guthrie, Lou Barlow, Iron and Wine, Emmylou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers…
THE LONESOME HEROES ARE:
Rich Russell: Vocals, Guitar, & Steel.
Landry McMeans: Vocals, Lap Steel, Dobro, Guitar.
RECORDINGS & TOURING BAND FEATURE:
Jeff Johnston: Electric Bass & Saw.
Jim DeGregorio: Upright/Electric Bass
Bill Doughty: Drums
Gary Newcomb: Electric Guitar
Chris Clonts: Electric Guitar, Bells, Harmony Vocals.
Chuck Fleming: Drums.
Sarah Stollak: Fiddle
Kullen Fuchs: Trumpet, Vibraphone, Keys, Accordion.
The Lonesome Heroes have played 147 shows so far in 2012.
Playing listening rooms as a two or three piece, and large clubs and festivals as a five piece.
From emerging Indie Rock to established Country acts, The Heroes have shared the stage with a wide variety of acts including:
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Black Joe Lewis
Wayne "The Train" Hancock,
These United States
Gregory Alan Isakov
The California Honey Drops.
THE LONESOME HEROES HAVE PLAYED IN 27 STATES.
A few favorite venues across America are:
Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA, Antone's, Austin, TX, Basement, Nashville, TN, Bear Tree Tavern, Centenial, WY, Brookdale Lodge, Santa Cruz CA, Buckhorn Bar, Laramie, WY, Cactus Cafe, Austin TX, Cinema Bar, Los Angeles, CA, Continental Club, Austin, TX, Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA, Duffs, Portland, OR, Emo's, Austin, TX, Farm 215, Athens, GA, Fernwood Lodge, Big Sur, CA, Fire, Philadelphia, PA, Granary, Jackson Hole, WY, Grand Old Echo, Los Angles, CA, Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA, Jambalaya, Arcata, CA, Knotty Pine, Victor, ID, Luckenbach, TX, Makeout Room, San Francisco, CA, Meadowlark, Denver, CO, The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, Mucky Duck, Houston, TX, Northside Taverm, Cincinatti, OH, Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY. Piano's, NY, NY, Red & The Black, Washington DC, Reggies, Chicago, IL, Rocket Room, Colorado Springs, CO, Rodeo Bar, NY, NY, Sidewalk Cafe, NY, NY, Silver Dollar Bar, Jackson Hole, WY, Springwater Super Club, Nashville, TN, Stafford, Bryan, TX, Starlight Theatre, Terlingua, TX, Stephen Talkhouse, LI, NY, Stork Club, Oakland CA, Superfine, Brooklyn, NY, Swing Station, Ft. Collins, CO, The Town Pump, Ashville, NC, Ukiha Brewing Co, Ukiha, CA, Union Pool NY, NY, Vaudville Muse, Des Moines, IA, Wind River Brewery, Pinedale, WY, Zona Rosa, Austin, Zoey's, Ventura, CA.
Don't Play to Lose EP, 2006 Floodwater Records, Minneapolis, MN.
Sunny Eyed Highway, 2007.
Crooked Highway. EP, 2008.
Wood Paneled Walls & Worn Cliches (Live from Austin, TX.) 2009
Daydream Western, 2012. Produced by Gary Newcomb.
"Don't Play to Lose" featured on "Indy Route" Compilation 2008.
"Canary" featured on The Austin Sound: STARRY EYES VOL. III SXSW COMPILATION, 2009.
The Lonesome Heroes stared in a Bank of America Commercial aired during the Olympics 2008.
Cameo & Live Performance in Straight to the Bone, Featured in Austin Film Festival, directed by Erik Mauk.
Don't Play to Lose, Music Video. Produced by Framless Films 2009.
"Tricks," Element Skateboards Video, directed By Michael Kershner.
"Count Me In, The Story of a Swing State,Directed By Daniel Stolzman, 2004 Frameless Productions.
Booking: Original Artist Agency
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Band: (303) 726 9406