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Bad Livers

Bad Livers

Bad Livers

Years Active: 2008 to present

Genre: Electronic, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Folk, World, & Country, Hip Hop

Country: United States


Steve Scwelling
Champ Hood
Steve James
Erik Hokkanen
David Bender
Bob Grant
Ralph White
Mark Rubin
Danny Barnes
Paul Leary

Artist Bio:

Formed in Austin originally as the Danny Barnes Trio (The "trio" was in fact whomever he could get on the phone in time to make the gig,) Bad Livers played their first gig under that moniker March of 1990. The group included fiddler/accordionist Ralph White, who left the touring lineup in late '96. -Danny Barnes and Mark Rubin had worked together, briefly touring with an ultimately lame Dallas based rock/bluegrass attempt (Killbilly) and Ralph was the weirdest guy at a regular Wednesday night Cajun music jam at a bar near Danny's house in south Austin. -They played the stock "acoustic music" scene in Austin and the surrounding areas with little to no notice. The local "music business professionals" objected to the name, the presentation (performing in casual clothes,) instrumentation (accordion, tuba) and the material (whatever the hell they felt like playing.) In 1991 the local punk rock scene got hip to their wide ranging set lists, which included material from Monk, Mississippi John Hurt, Roky Erikson, Merle Haggard, and welcomed the band with open arms. They were invited to tour as an opening act for their neighbors the Butthole Surfers. It was the "novelty" of non-bluegrass material that first drew......[Read More]