The New Offenders

1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

The New Offenders

Willow James

Thu · May 25, 2017

10:00 pm

$0.00

Free

This event is 21 and over

Goes Great With: The Band, Warren Haynes, Ben Harper, Gov't Mule

Southern roots rock based out of Houston, TX.

The New Offenders
The New Offenders
A Houston-based, southern roots/rock band, The New Offenders was formed in August of 2014. Although there were a few renditions of this band in the years before, 2014 was the year the band solidified it's line up and took to the streets.

Fronted by a Houston native, Hunter McKithan (vocals/guitar), whom once he started playing acoustic shows around the Houston area would come to meet Jason Nelson (bass) from St. Louis, Missouri. Hunter and Jason would go on to form 'Hunter McKithan & the Offenders.' Not long after the band's inception, a craigslist ad netted T.Ray Porche (vocals/guitar) from Edna, Texas. These three went on to record a couple of albums and played numerous shows across the state.

In early 2014, the band looked to friend, Dustin Edwards (drums) from Athens, Texas to fill the void of drummer. Dustin and T.Ray had met and became friends in 2008 while playing together in another band earlier in their careers. The two kept in touch after that particular band dissolved. This was a unique opportunity to join forces again.

With this new lineup being more collaborative in musical arrangements and songwriting, in August of 2014 the band decided to change the name from 'Hunter McKithan and the Offenders' to simply 'The New Offenders.' With the new members and a reinvigorated attitude, the band set out to record it's debut album "Stones to Throw" in December 2014 in Austin, Texas at 512 Studios with producer Omar Vallejo. With influences spanning from guitar greats such as Warren Haynes, Anders Osborne and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to songwriters among the likes of Ryan Adams, Ben Harper and Jack White, this project promises to be of the eclectic variety.

With the album 'Stones to Throw' set to release in March 2016, The New Offenders are ready to add to the story.
Willow James
Willow James is a group based out of Dallas, Texas. Their sound is hard to pinpoint but includes elements of Folk, Rock, Blues, Americana, Country and everything in-between. While the group is still new, they are catching the attention of any and all that come across them. Willow James is led by guitarist/vocalist Dan O'Connell, the primary songwriter, and also includes Joel Armstrong on bass and Dillon Ryan on drums.

Dan has played guitar for around ten years, and singing for about four. As his songwriting continues to develop, the listener can hear several influences from the sixties folk and rock scenes to more recent Texas country acts and whatever else catches his ear. Dan and Joel became friends in college and eventually started playing together, forming what would eventually become Willow James. They eagerly brought in Dillon, one of Dan's oldest friends, who quickly became an integral part of the band.
They continue to write new songs and rework older songs to share with their audience. As their confidence on stage has grown, on-lookers can clearly see they love what they are doing when on stage. They have recorded a demo that is given away for free at shows, though donations are accepted, and a "part two" is in production.

Willow James is very driven and always eager to get out and play, often holding acoustic practices in very-public locations. For them, it's all about finding a group of friends and fans with a love of good music.
Venue Information:
Sundown at Granada
3520 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX, 75206
http://sundownatgranada.com/menu/