BRANDON STEADMAN BAND
Every artist gets asked when it was they got the itch to play, well for Brandon Steadman he could give that credit to a random “Morrow Monday Night” at Antone’s in Austin. Steadman’s older sister snuck the then 17 year old in that night and the rest of the story unfolds from there.
“It was never about being a rockstar for me.” Steadman says, “it was the acoustic atmosphere, it was more the friends sitting around telling stories part that I liked, that’s what really gave me the bug to play.”
So at 17 he pulled out that old Junior Classical guitar that Dad bought him at 12 years old and took to learning as many chords as possible. Coming from a family of natural performers, him and his siblings were always harmonizing and acting up! Whether it was his mom’s country tastes like Randy Travis and Clay Walker, the occasional James Taylor song, or trips with his dad jamming southern rock classics from Lynryd Skynrd and Boston, there was always music playing throughout his life.
“It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that my dad finally let me quit playing that junior classical guitar and bought me my first ‘real’ guitar. That’s the guitar I started writing all my songs on. I give our lead guitarist and my best friend Jorge a lot of credit because he was about 6 months ahead of me on learning guitar and taught me a ton.”
Brandon will quickly tell you that his guitar playing wasn’t always welcome when he started college. “They use to say ‘here’s that dude with that guitar again’, but by sophomore year they actually would ask for me to play at the end of the night” The show that really turned the corner for the newly founded Brandon Steadman Band, was the “South of The Border” party at their Sigma Chi House. At that point they realized that this was meant to be more than just a place to have fun, but that music was in their blood.
At a random gig, Brandon Steadman had the opportunity to meet Kevin Lorensen. The off chance meeting turned into a lifelong partnership between the two. What was supposed to be less than a handful of shows to fill in, turned a permanent position and a huge step in the right direction for the band. “Kevin had toured in bands previously and really knew a lot more than us and brought more professional knowledge to the table that we really didn’t know” recalls Steadman.
Not long after the addition of Lorensen, the band made a trip to Austin to record its first album “Front Row Seat”. “We spent all we had on that album and it was good, well as good as a first record can be, but I’ll tell you, it’s the best record that you’ll never be able to get again — and I mean that!” The new record opened up opportunities outside of the college bar circuit, helping land gigs in the Historic Stockyards and all over the state of Texas.
The next few years became the true test of growth and craftsmanship. Brandon took to studying the craft of songwriting and wore out albums from all his favorite influencers; Wade Bowen, James Taylor, Clay Walker, Will Hoge and Sean McConnell. A chance to gig with Joey Green helped put gasoline on the fire that Brandon was creating. “We really had different styles — writing, personality and everything, so the fact that we became such good friends is a mystery to me” says Steadman. But that’s exactly what the band needed to get the next album, “Recovery”, in motion.
“Recovery” was set to be an organic record and truly took form trough out the recording process. “We really didn’t want to rush anything. We wanted to build it as it happened and if it wasn’t working, we didn’t want to force the issue on anything. We didn’t want to make another “Texas Country” record. We wanted to make sure we made a “Brandon Steadman Band” record, and lucky for us — Joey got that and offered to produce the record for us”.
The past two years have been a wild ride for the Brandon Steadman Band. Signing on with newly founded Black Bear Management to handle their management and promotion and inking a deal with Smith Entertainment, things are really moving in the right direction for this group of musicians.
Dan Adams is a singer/songwriter that has made Austin, TX home to be in the heart of the Texas/Red Dirt music scene. After 10+ years in Nashville, he’s now touring the region and sharing the stage with fellow Texas Troubadours – and loving the way Texans embrace independent, original music. In just under one year in Texas, Adams has played nearly 100 shows, many with artists such as Bart Crow, Josh Grider, Brian Keane, Adam Hood, Jason Eady, Ryan Beaver, Ben Danaher, Uncle Lucius, Clayton Gardner, Rosehill, Josh Abbott and many others.
With the release of his new album “Live Oaks & Lights” in early 2014, Adams continues to gain the respect of fans, peers, and critics in the scene. Galleywinter.com posted a rave review of the album, saying “…Adams proves himself adept at delivering self-penned emotions that connect with his audience…” and “He’s the latest in a line of strongly talented carpetbagging artists that actually represent the modern sound of Texas better than many natives.” (Full text of the Galleywinter review available here: http://galleywinter.com/dan-adams-live-oaks-and-lights/)
With his first single “A Little More Yesterday” beginning to gain traction at Texas radio, Adams looks forward to continuing to grow his following across Texas the old fashioned way…by writing, recording and performing quality songs in front of as many people as possible across this state and beyond.
HUNTER REA BAND
The Hunter Rea Band got their start in Belton, Texas where lead singer Hunter Glaske and drummer Adam Rea met while playing football at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 2010, their friendship turned into a musical partnership when they began writing and playing some local shows. They spent the majority of their college years developing their writing style while pulling some of their musical influence from Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott and Stoney Larue; all heavy hitters in the Texas Music scene. One thing they were certain is that they wanted a different sound; infusing Americana Roots in with their Texas Country they found a unique sound destined to set them apart in the scene. With the help of friends John Allen Davidson and John Paul Keller and a garage space turned rehearsal room, the Hunter Rea Band was starting to take shape.
In 2014 they recorded their first single “Sweet Virginia” and followed that up with the release of their first EP, “Worrying Kind”. During the recording process they added friend and fellow singer/songwriter Adam Fischer on lead guitar and harmony vocals, which helped add experience and soulful grit to their songwriting. After the release of “Worrying Kind”, the band added Austin Hodges on lead guitar and Matt Boden on bass, to help add depth to the young group.
The past year, The Hunter Rea Band has seem immense growth musically which has landed them the opportunity to compete in the final round of 95.9 The Ranch’s Ranch Factor competition as well as an invite to the Larry Joe Taylor Fest Singer/Songwriter competition in Stephenville.
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for these young musicians as they prepare to branch out through the state and put their unique style of music in front of more and more fans.