Ham Jam House Concert

The Hendrikz-McLeod Band - Alan Eckert
09/22/2011

The Hendrikz-McLeod Band is a 4 piece combo of lively, talented, and experienced musicians.

Hendrikz McLeod is a plethora of dark soothsayer musical fabric woven with intricate rhythms, harmonious melodies, and lyrics that Lewis Carroll could find hidden in the front pockets of his coat worn during his troubled years. Founded in late 2009 by members Dominic Hendrikz (Ashland, Oregon) and Mike McLeod (Austin, TX), this fresh sound is beginning to flip heads and turn eyes around the Austin music scene. Hendrikz, the ringleader of this aural circus, writes the melodies and pens the lyrics of the group. In 2007, Hendrikz lived in Austin, Texas in the house where The Blue Hit was formulated on East 51st Street. After co-writing a number of songs with The Blue Hit and performing a few shows with them (their two very first performances), he took his act back to the West Coast where he began a inspirational fueled journey of songwriting and poetry. Mike McLeod, a classically trained guitarist, has performed with a number of bands and worked for film director giant, Richard Linklater. Linklater hired McLeod to record the film score for his University of Texas baseball documentary "Inning by Inning: Portrait of a Coach"; other score work includes UT produced documentary of LBJ, "The Great Society", which was aired at the Democratic National Convention in Denver of 2008. Hendrikz McLeod joined forces with a rhythm section that makes solid groove foundations like professional contractual architects, hired for their music crafting fingers and toes. Jesse Dalton, on upright and electric bass, has been playing for Austin based bluegrass giants, Green Mountain Grass and Two High String Band, for quite some time now. Alan Eckert, University of North Texas jazz alumnus and drummer from Congratulations (Denton), is on the back beat with stellar drumming and harmonies that bring the whole spiral swinging together. Freshly off the press, Hendrikz McLeod “The Ashland Acoustic Sessions” is out and available for your ears. In the summer of 2010, Hendrikz McLeod toured their way to the Northwest playing eight weeks of dates. Hendrikz McLeod's 1st 2 shows were Triple Crown, San Marcos with Green Mountain Grass and Stubb's BBQ, Austin, TX with The Blue Hit and Some Say Leland.

The Players...

Jesse Dalton, bass: From San Marcos, TX, Jesse joins these fine musicians on the upright bass. Because of his inherent propinquity to psychedelic freak folk, Dalton's truly original style fuses right in with Hendrikz McLeod. Also a scholar in Southeastern Native American cosmologies, Jesse has been playing with the bluegrass guns, Green Mountain Grass for six years, and as of the last three years has been the (up)right hand man for Austin's mandolin guru, Billy Bright, as well as for Two High String Band.

Michael Mcleod, writer and composer: After graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2006, Michael has been active performing, recording, teaching and writing music for film. In 2008, Michael scored the music for the film, Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach, directed by Austin's own, Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, School of Rock, etc.) Among the many projects thriving, Michael's newest band, Good Field, is beginning to break into the Austin music scene with much anticipation, so keep an ear out.

Dominic Hendrikz, guitar: Dominic came to the Kerrville Folk Festival nine years ago from Los Angeles with an acoustic guitar and couple unfinished songs. The following year he returned with a book full of tunes and has been hooked ever since. He has played with a hand full of bands on the west coast from L.A. to Ashland Oregon (Monk, The Barley Mob, The State of Jefferson...) Hendrikz McLeod was started as a recording project between Dominic and Michael Mcleod, crafting an undeniably unique sound now augmented with the live experience of a backing band.

Alan Eckert, drums: Alan grew up in Stephens City, VA where he started playing drums professionally at age 15. In 2005, he was awarded a Jazz Studies Scholarship from the University of North Texas, to study with the world-renowned educator Ed Soph. After leaving UNT Alan found himself in numerous musical situations including teaching a full studio of students at Hall Music Productions, composing and producing original music for Big Fish Games Inc, freelance performance in the DFW area, and national tours. He has traveled with such bands as Congratulations, Hendrikz-Mcleod and Dimitri’s Ascent.