August 7-9, 2009

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Austin, Texas
Western Swing

“Their music lives in an area somewhere between honky-tonk or the classic blues of folks like Memphis Minnie, and modern alternative music.” (Steel Brass ‘n’ Wood Riffs and Licks).

The original Shotgun Party trio met in a little Texas dive bar in 2006, getting their start performing weekly at Austin's Continental Club. Playing a mix of Texas swing and stripped-down country, with shades of jazz, the majority of their songs are original, with melodies and lyrics that share stories: urban, bucolic, lively and lonesome. Their “style seems to sit somewhere between the old-time fun of 1930s jazz revival bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the sad, sweet, dance hall country feel of Patsy Cline.” (Jon Dyers of Shotgun Reviews) They've been well-praised by the likes of Kinky Friedman and 2006 Great Lakes Folk Festival artist Wayne Hancock . According to Friedman, "Jenny Parrott has the purest most un-decaffeinated voice this side of Loretta Lynn."

The unabashed heart of the trio is Jenny Parrott, an admitted untrained musician. Raised on classic jazz/swing/soul (Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Judy Garland), Jenny first began playing a folk style while dividing time between her father’s home in Branford, Connecticut and her mother’s home near New Haven. She credits contra dance caller Bill Fisher, who hosted monthly contra dance parties and guitar jams at his home in Bethany, Connecticut, for some of her musical genesis.

Andrew Austin-Petersen was raised by a piano teacher in Madison, Wisconsin and began playing cello at 10 and within three years he was a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and studying under the Madison Symphony principal cellist Karl Lavine. At 18, he taught himself the upright bass and was principle bass player in the Grinnell College Orchestra. He learned guitar and began listening heavily to bluegrass and folk while simultaneously playing improvisational jazz with the Grinnell College Jazz Band.Andrew founded the bluegrass band The Hot Rod Stokers and led the band until he graduated college. He moved to Texas and, inspired by the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, he founded The Shake 'em Ups, an acoustic swing and bluegrass trio. Andrew joined Shotgun Party in 2009.

Hailing from the very small town of Elk River, Idaho, Korey Simeone’s musical career got started with the neo-vaudevillians, The Asylum Street Spankers, a band which came together in 1994 out of a series of Austin jam sessions. Joining them as a fiddler and MC, Korey toured with them for four years. From them he was introduced to jazz, country and blues, and in 2004 joined the Austin Lounge Lizards as their fiddler/mandolinist.


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