Warren Hood, Marshall Hood and a mystery guest from Spartanburg will play a fine concert on Sunday, November 5th, 2017, doors open at 6:00 PM.
Warren Hood and Marshall Hood with Spartanburg Friend
The Show...Hometown Music / Spartanburg
Two of the finest musicians in Austin host a long term friend from hometown, Spartanburg, SC.
Warren started playing classical violin at age 11 in the school orchestra, later studying privately with Bill Dick. He won classical music competitions, including the Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition and the Austin Youth Award, which gave him the opportunity to perform as a soloist on “Lalo Symphonie Espagnole” with the Austin Symphony, conducted by Peter Bay. Warren later balanced studying at Austin High with touring with Charlie Robison and the South Austin Jug Band. After high school, Warren earned a rare scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in Violin Performance, played with Steven Tyler and formed an acoustic string band, Blue Light Special. At Berklee, Warren earned the coveted String Achievement Award, an award chosen by faculty to honor talent and as a vote of confidence on future success.
Leaving Berklee, Warren returned to Austin and was in demand as a sideman, playing with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, and joining The Waybacks, a band he would play with for the next ten years. Through all of this, Warren played with the South Austin Jug Band when he could, especially as a part of their Sunday night residency at Momo’s on W 6th St in Austin. When the residency ended for SAJB, Warren gathered a group of friends and took over Sunday nights under his own name, starting his first solo venture and releasing his first studio record, “Warren Hood”, an eclectic mix of both songs and legendary Austin players including Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, and Ephraim Owens.
The Momo’s Sunday residency lasted seven years and was a testing ground for Warren where he found his sound, learned how to lead a band, and gave the artists he shared the stage with space to shine - something he had plenty of experience with from the other point of view, having been a sideman for 10+ years. The way Warren ran Sunday nights had a lot in common with the residencies he grew up around in Austin – his father, Champ’s, ‘Singin for your Supper’ at Threadgill’s (Marcia Ball, Butch Hancock, Ruthie Foster, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore) and Toni Price’s ’Hippie Hour’ at The Continental Club.
The band Warren plays with now (Marshall Hood and Willie Pipkin on guitar, Nate Rowe on bass, and Jordan Cook on drums) is the current version of the band he started back in 2004 at Momo’s. This band plays every week at ABGB, drawing a mix of “old Austin” and newcomers, musicians and music lovers, and dancers who stay on the floor from the first to last song. The Warren Hood Band plays a mix of their own songs, classic country, and blues, with a nod towards their Texas roots with a few Uncle Walt’s tunes.
If the last name Hood sounds familiar to you - that's because it probably is. The Hood legacy thus far includes Champ Hood, original member of the many-would-say-genius Uncle Walt's Band, and long-time guitarist for Lyle Lovett, and Warren Hood, ace fiddler and composer for The Waybacks, The Bodeans, and his own band, Warren Hood and the Goods. Those are big shoes to fill, indeed, but Marshall Hood, the youngest link in the Hood chain, rounds out a family of wildly talented musicians with effortless guitar work and a knack for crafting the most charming of songs – so reminiscent of his Uncle Champ it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference.
After a successful run in high school with The DesChamps Band, a band he founded to honor Champ after his passing in 2001, Marshall made the pilgrimage to Austin, TX and began accompanying famed Austin singer, Toni Price, on her long-running residency at the renowned Continental Club. It would be here, of course, where Marshall firmly planted his roots and became a fixture in the eclectic Austin music scene. Marshall took a brief hiatus from Toni Price’s band from 2007-2011, though, touring the country with the young Americana group, The Belleville Outfit - making stops along the way at major festivals like Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Merlefest. As an original member of The Belleville Outfit, Marshall recorded and released two critically acclaimed, independent albums, and picked up a nomination from the Americana Music Association for Best New/Emerging Artist.
After The Belleville Outfit disbanded in 2011, Marshall turned his focus to his solo work, thus far releasing an self-titled EP, and forming Marshall Hood and the Bads – a clever turn on his cousin’s band, Warren Hood and the Goods. Much like the famed Uncle Walt's Band, Marshall’s songs can’t be pigeonholed into any one category - they transcend genre. But with a keen lyrical sense and subtly catchy melodies to match, it won’t matter what you call it, you’ll be too busy humming along.
A mystery guest from Spartanburg…
Our man of mystery grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he learned to play guitar but later honed his skills on the upright bass. This led to a gig playing bass in Uncle Walt’s Band, credited as the first Americana act. The legendary trio was headed by Walter Hyatt and also included Champ Hood. A solo career led this man to Nashville where he signed a publishing deal and later, a recording contract. Numerous country hits followed. His music came full circle when Lyle Lovett reached back into Uncle Walt’s Band repertoire to include an early song, "Don’t You Think I Feel It Too” on his 2009 disc, Natural Forces.