about your austin steamers
The Austin Steamers were born on an autumnal evening in 2011 at what has become known as “Kinky Lizard Studios” situated in bass player/vocalist Daniel Zeh’s back yard, South Austin, TX. Musical Match-Maker Ben Hodges (Mandolin & Vocals) had a vision and called in Joe Sundell (banjo & vocals) of LIttle Rock, Arkansas along with Sean Tracey (guitar, harmonica & vocals) hailing from Juneau, Alaska for a two hour session that lasted for six. The Austin Steamers were born and off on a rollicking trajectory that landed them weekly residencies at the White-Horse Honky Tonk & the Hole in the Wall, plus feature performances at KUT’s Cactus Café, the big stage at Stubbs, an awards ceremony performance at SXSW’s interactive conference along with multiple showcases at SXSW 2013. To cap it all off, the Steamers appear in Austin film-maker Richard Linklater’s newest award winning film Boyhood, to be released this summer (2014). Hailing from North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alaska, this powerful quartet combine tight four part harmonies, virtuosic instrumentality and award winning song-writing to create a completely original style of energetic Americana music that will sound new and familiar at the same time.
Photography by Maleia Grabinski and Adam Bartlett