Frank “Big Frank” Gomez (born July 23, 1954) is an Austin based American rhythm and blues singer/song writer, guitarist and vocalist. Gomez became known for his guitar playing and vocals in the late 1970s in a band formed with his brothers called Deep Heet, which pioneered Frank’s rock, funk, rhythm and blues fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against funk rhythms featuring percussion instruments not generally heard in rhythm & blues music. Gomez continued to work in these forms over the following decades and in 2007 created his current project, The Frank Gomez Band. Recording their debut album “Under The Influence” was experienced by a resurgence of popularity for Frank Gomez. He invited legendary artists to perform on the album that included Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Ruben Ramos, Max Baca, Stefani Montiel and Jerry De La Rosa.
Archive for July, 2012
Brandon Bolin is an Austin, Texas based artist. He was born in Waxahachie, Texas and raised in Amarillo, Texas. As a child, his stepfather introduced him to the country music singer and songwriting legends of the 20th century. Through that, Brandon developed a deep love for the genre. Family road-trips were defined by listening to the radio — everything from Roy Orbison to Willie Nelson and George Jones. Growing up, the family had a fully restored jukebox in the house that was constantly playing classic country music, gospel, and oldies. Singing alongside the family jukebox as well as singing hymns from the Methodist hymnal by his grandmother’s piano is where Brandon first learned to sing.
His high school music teacher recognized Brandon’s vocal talent, and at age 14 Brandon began training his voice by studying classical music. During his senior year at Amarillo High School, Brandon was awarded the prestigious Roy Acuff Memorial Scholarship as well as a School of Music Scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Brandon left Belmont after a semester mainly due to a fear that he would not be able to make a living pursuing his love of music. Eventually made his way up to New York where he worked in the catering and hospitality industry while attending college classes. On September 12, 2001, a day after the atrocities of 9/11, Brandon joined the Air Force ROTC program at Manhattan College, and finished up his degree in Political Science in 2004 at City College of New York.
After college, Brandon commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in 2004 and moved back to Texas to attend law school at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He earned his law degree in 2007 and took and passed the Texas bar exam the summer after graduation. Soon after graduation from law school, Brandon was honorably discharged from the military. He then took a job at a private equity real estate investment firm and from there went on to briefly practice Land Use law at Jackson Walker, a Texas based law firm. Brandon left the practice of law to start a real estate development company in early 2010 that focuses on building affordable rental housing in Texas.
After a decade away from performing and studying music, the love of music was strongly calling his name. After working with Texas based singing legend, Betty Lynn Buckley for several months of intense training, Betty Lynn suggested that Brandon re-focus his professional efforts on pursuing music. Soon thereafter, Brandon re-united with his best friend and the best man in his wedding, Jon Nite who is a songwriter with EMI in Nashville, TN. Jon and Brandon grew up together in Amarillo, TX and both attended Belmont on music scholarships after graduation from high school. Jon never left Nashville and worked his way up to become a well-known songwriter in Nashville with songs that have recently been recorded by Chris Young, Thompson Square, and Blake Shelton. After hearing a recent recording of Brandon, Jon asked Brandon to come up to Nashville for the summer and record his first studio debut album. Jon produced the album, which was recorded at Omni Sound Studio in Nashville.
After spending the summer of 2011 in Nashville recording, Brandon and his wife and two children moved to Austin, where they currently reside. Brandon has recently formed a band in Austin and will be hitting the circuit soon, to promote his first single “Don’t Lie” and his debut album entitled “Shiver.”
Live Performance from 4-6pm at Solaro Estate Winery
“June’s rich folk rock displays a distinctively Jersey-meets-Texas sound…”
Broward-Palm Beach New Times
“playing growly folk rock kinda stuff with a deadhead vibe running through it. Good foot tappers from these guys.”- Taproot Radio
“’Exile on Wilson Street’ is a wonderful album that showcases Mike’s ability to tell a compelling story in a four minute song.”- Blowup Radio
“…blues-inflected Americana-rock is at the heart of his excellent new disc Exile on Wilson Street” – Omaha Reader
“This guy is a conceptual genius”- The Aquarian
“…some of the tracks are stories of such pained joy but so richly sweet that they make me smile. others, balls-out rip-roaring goodness. still others, made me say, “now how did a white boy from jersey get to sound like THAT?!? like some weather-beaten sun-worn shack along some back road in the south?” – Rhae Grace
Austin singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Whitfield has a long history as guitarist for Kevin Fowler, Walt Wilkins, Bonnie Bishop, George Ensle, Pauline Reese, Wake Eastman, Devon Heath, Autumn, Byrd and Street, and Fred Fuller. In addition to being a fixture in the Austin recording scene, Greg Whitfield’s songwriting continues to garner accolades – his song “You Don’t Laugh Anymore” won the prize for best inpirational song and his song “I’m Yours” took top honors in 2009′s Austin Songwriters Group Song Competition. He combines rich vocals, layered guitars and a skilled rhythm section including Mike Rieman (bass), Ken Johnson (drums), Artie Passes (steel guitar), and Jack Gaskin (fiddle). No stranger to the live stage, Whitfield has performed at Live Aid, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Austin City Limits Festival, and has shared the stage as guitarist for Walt Wilkins, Tina Wilkins, Kevin Fowler, Ryan James, Bonnie Bishop, George Ensle, Pauline Reese, Rusty Weir, and Ray Price.