OUR MUSIC FOLLOWING IS GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS AND IT’S DUE TO YOU PASSING ALONG THE WORD! WE (THE BAND AND I) ARE DOING THE WORK AND YOU’RE PASSING IT ON! THANKS AGAIN!
WE HAVE A EMAIL LIST. IF YOU WANT ON THE LIST, YOU CAN SEND A REQUEST FROM THIS SITE. CHRIS MIETUS AND I WORKED AS A DUO FOR 8-9 MONTHS AND THEN WE WERE FORTUNATE TO GET BRANDON GONZALES AND GARY NEWCOMB TO JUMP ON BOARD TO COMPLETE THE SOUND. WE’RE KICKING AROUND ‘SHADETREE’ AS A BAND NAME.
IN EARLY DECEMBER WE WENT INTO THE HALVERSONIC STUDIO WITH ROB HALVERSON PRODUCING AND CUT 4 NEW SONGS TO BE RELEASE AS SINGLES AND EVENTUALLY AN ALBUM. I’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THEY’RE AVAILABLE!
I am releasing a FREE track each month for the new year!
Here is the FREE TRACK for February:
‘GO AHEAD AND RAIN’
Chris Mietus - multiple instrumentalist
Now playing mandolin in DLE’s Band. Chris played bass in my band, Dickie Lee Erwin Band for 6-7 years, played bass guitar on the albums, Poppin Johnny, Swan and Again the Wall with one cut on Texas Midnight Highway. I ask him to help on Again The Wall and he turned out to be such a valuable asset that he became a producer on the project. He and his wife, Stacy, are doing good living the country life, playing music and doing yoga. Update: 10/17/14 . . getting ready to have a baby girl in November!
Gary Newcomb - singer/songwriter/steel/guitar player
has been playing with Dave Gonzales and the Stoney River Boys for the last couple of years . . touring Europe and the U.S. Great bunch of guys and the music is fantastic . .UPDATE: 4/20/12 Gary has finished his new album and I had an opportunity to have a listen . . . it’s fantastic! Not available to the public yet . . when it is, I’ll let you know!
Jenifer Jackson - singer/songwriter
Jenifer is enjoying the great revues she’s receiving on her new album, THE DAY HAPPINESS FOUND ME. Jenifer has a great Trio and is playing around Austin and occasionally heads up to New York City to perform in her old stomping grounds. Jenifer has two co-writes on AGAIN THE WALL HEART WITH A MIND OF ITS OWN and BLAME IT ON THE MOON along with singing harmonies are her generous contributions to the album.
Other Artist I Work With:
Billy Doughty - drummer, piano player, singer
is playing with the Gary Newcomb Trio, producing/ recording Kim Simpson’s new album of originals. BIll is also doing ‘Code Slaw’ for Greenlee, a local farm produce distribution company. Billy played drums and sang harmonies on the Dickie Lee Erwin albums’s Poppin Johnny and Swan.
Brooks Allan Brannon
I met Brooks Brannon in September of 1988. He had been playing guitar with Donnie Poston and Mike Green in a previous band and the three of them joined up with yours truly in the fall of 88′ and started the Dickie Lee Erwin Band. After performing in most of the dives in Austin, we tied for FIRST PLACE with DON WALSER in the battle of the bands, where we won 2 hours in a studio with engineer LARRY SAYERS, where we cut our first album, NINE LIVE. Yes, we cut 9 songs in 2 hours and released it! The album was named by MUSIC CITY NEWS as the first ever, Texas interstate driving tape! From there we performed on the TEXAS CONNECTION program, filmed on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STAGE. After touring four months thru Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, we came home and the band . . broke up. Brooks, Donnie and I got back together in 2012 and played many, many shows, bringing back the ‘rowdy’ cowboy theme. Due to individual pursuits, we when our own ways in 2013. Brooks has an amazing ‘original’ approach to the telecaster guitar and is also very proficient on his Martin acoustic! He’s a good friend and a hell of a guitar player! Brooks and Donna celebrated their 30 wedding anniversary recently and you can find him out at Poodie’s, running the bar and kitchen that is, when he’s not pickin!
Scrappy Judd Newcomb
I met Scrappy in 1988-89 when he just started playing with the Ohio band, The Highwaymen, later known as the Loose Diamonds (1989-1995), fronted by another respected local musician, Troy Campbell. After the band’s breakup, Newcomb became one of the capital’s most sought-after sideman, settling in for a long, weekly, “hippie hour” residency with local blues chanteuse Toni Price (1992-1999). He produced my first CD, There’s A Movie Goin On, and the went on to producing a succession of critically praised LPs for Beaver Nelson (The Last Hurrah, Little Brother, Undisturbed), as well as Walter Tragert’s comeback (Lousy With Desire), he finally made time for to his own solo debut in 2003, Turbinado, on local imprint Freedom Records. Byzantine, considered the superior release, followed two years later.
Donnie and I were housemates on Ave.D in 87′ where we started up the original Dickie Lee Erwin Band. He played drums/ percussion. He is the first ‘standing drummer I’ve known. He’s great on a washboard too! Donnie played a ‘cut back’ kit with only a snare drum, hi hat and kick…. and sometimes less than that! That story of the early band is described in the Brooks Brannon experience above. As of 2013 Donnie started up his own band, Dune Buggy, and they’re playing Donnie’s original material with Donnie on guitar and vocals, Chris Mietus on bass, Abra Moore on drums and Seth on lead. They’re great! If you have a chance to catch them, do it! Donnie will always be one of my best friends.
Ron’s been playing with Alvin Crow up until last night (july 4, 2013) and Sonny Throckmorton . . the songwriter with more country hits then feathers on a chicken! Ron’s also involved in some movie production. and recording projects. I’ll give you the details when I have them. He’s living out at Willie’s Golf course . . has a cool pad out there and we’ve been crossing paths here lately and he’s as happy as ever!
Chris is being the artist he’s always been . . working on a show of his works in New York City at the restaurant A2 and a group show in Binghamtom, New York (Burnelli Gallery), and a one man show at the same gallery. He is a co-writer on the song: BLAME IT ON THE MOON and RIVER OF DREAMS on AGAIN THE WALL.