The Lonesome Heroes
7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24
$10 Tickets are On Sale Now!

We are about to help the Lonesome Heroes add the Martin Hotel to their list of legendary venues, and Nevada to the list of 27 states in which they have performed.  This show will also strengthen our connection to Austin, one of  THE hotbeds of new music in America today. One thing always leads to another, and when Leo Rondeau got back home, he passed on the word about this great little venue out in the middle of the Great Basin.

The Lonesome Heroes extensive tour schedule is bringing them though Winnemucca, and after giving a listen, we were compelled to set up a show for them. We think you will really enjoy this young duo with their wonderful songwriting skills, plugged in dobro,  and their interesting “”chance meeting between Yo La Tengo and Patsy Cline” approach to their music.

 

On this tour the Lonesome Heroes are:

Rich Russell – Dobro/Guitar/Vocals
Ms. Landry McMeans – Dobro/Guitar/Vocals
Chris Clonts – Harmony Vocals / Guitar / Keys

Proclaimed as “rewriting the rules of alt country” by the Austin Chronicle, The Lonesome Heroes have emerged as a singular talent out of Austin’s music scene. Songwriters Rich Russell and Landry McMeans founded the Heroes in 2005, and the pair has cultivated their Brooklyn and Texan roots into a unique sound that unites Indie Rock, Folk, and Country.

The Heroes’ songs evoke a Western Americana landscape littered with broken hearts, abandoned shopping malls, and crooked highways. Lonesome, yet hopeful, the songs call upon a wide list of influences to step beyond the alt country moniker. McMeans’ lilting voice, meshed with Russell’s drier vocals sits atop a multilayered nest of acoustic guitar, reverb-laden steel, and atmospheric sounds. The result is a haunting city-meets-country feeling that has been compared by Flagstaff Weekly as a “chance meeting between Yo La Tengo and Patsy Cline.”

Not the square kind of country, nor outlaw, or even contemporary country would fit The Lonesome Heroes. Reverb-heavy electric dobro underneath a playful boy-girl vocal blend pushes the indie rock quintet into psychedelia, but not without the songwriting sensibilities of classic country.

 

 


INFLUENCES:

Beck, The Silver Jews, Johnny Cash, Smog, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, The Velvet Underground, Band of Annuals, Graham Parsons, Lil’ Cap’n Travis, The Magnetic Fields, 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, Gillian Welch, 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:

Jeff Johnston: Electric Bass & Saw.
Jim DeGregorio: Upright/Electric Bass, Banjo.
Chuck Fleming: Drums.
Sarah Stollak: Fiddle
Chris Clonts: Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals.
Kullen Fuchs: Trumpet, Vibraphone, Keys, Accordion, & textures.

TOURING:

The Lonesome Heroes
play 150+ shows a year both locally and nationally. Playing listening rooms as a two piece and large clubs and festivals with their 5 piece touring band.

Got Pickup Truck?

Leo Rondeau & Dynamite Tales
7:00 PM Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We have had some pretty interesting trips into old time music, experienced sublime traditional and progressive bluegrass, witnessed amazing modern and traditional folk music of all stripes, we have tasted some great blues, and lately some have been on sort of a streak of outstanding early county music shows.

Here comes another one, from Austin, Texas.

From the Austin UWeek

Exclusive Interview: Leo Rondeau

Back from tour, Rondeau returns to the Hole in the Wall

By David S. Lewis

The willowy dancer, her dust-blonde hair spilling out underneath the shapeless brown cowboy hat, two-stepping nearly so gracefully as she ducked the amorous advances of her partner, her eyes half-lidded, listening; behind her, on the stage, a young man, his narrow face chiseled from Badlands rock, his sharp features testament to his Native American lineage, his even-toned voice almost matter-of-factly delivering the lyrics:

‘On my way I saw a cavalcade
and a mob at odds with the world
I heard clams clamoring for all of her attention
But I couldn’t take my eyes off the pearl’

The mournful lyrics, a request for reunion with a old flame, belied the energetic stomp of the tune. The singer, Leo Rondeau, fresh off a three-month national tour, has returned to Austin, where he has lived and worked as a musician for six years.
Rondeau is a rarity in Austin, or anywhere, for that matter. He writes his own songs…and makes a living doing it. Now returned, he retakes his throne as the Monday house act at The Hole in the Wall. Continue reading “Got Pickup Truck?”