Will Sexton, whose writing credits range from work with Waylon Jennings and Stephen Stills to Joe Ely and Bill Carter, is shaped by the unique diversity of the Austin music scene. Fate and his own sheer talent placed him on stage with local legends before he’d lived out his first decade (Stevie Ray Vaughan, W.C. Clark, Lou Ann Barton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds). Will and his big brother, Charlie, started playing together at the Continental Club when Will was 9 and Charlie was 11. Many of the sounds of his childhood still resonate in his current work. Will received early success in Austin and was signed by MCA at age 16. He has survived in the tough Austin music scene by playing gigs with a variety of notable artists. It is never unusual to go out to catch a show featuring an Austin singer/songwriter and see Will onstage.
Will’s credits as producer and songwriter range from collaborations with Waylon Jennings to psychedelic pioneer Roky Erikson to Steve Earle and punk legend Johnny Thunders. Will has written for MCA and Almo Irving and recorded for MCA, A&M, and Zoo Entertainment. Will was in the New Folk Underground with David Baerwald, which resulted in the co-produced (w/ David Kitay) Lost Highway release Here Comes the New Folk Underground. Will names Terry Allen and Sheryl Crow hitmaker David Baerwald among his favorite writing partners. 2009 marked the completion of new production credits, including Randy Weeks’ Going My Way, and Ruby James’ CD, Happy Now, co-produced with his brother Charlie Sexton. Will also enjoys performing with Charlie Faye, Sahara Smith, and Shannon McNally.
Will has amassed an impressive collection of songs over the years, releasing his first independent album, Scenes From Nowhere, in 2001, which received a four-star review and was honored in the Top 5 Releases of 2001 by theAustin American-Statesman. Bus Stop Gossip, a previously unreleased recording from 2004, was unearthed and released in 2009 and was followed up by Move the Balance in 2011.
Pete Cummins is a Grammy Award winning Irish musician and songwriter with a long and rich musical history who was a founding member of The Fleadh Cowboys. The Fleadh Cowboys were one of the most successful bands in Ireland through the eighties and nineties. They had a long running residency at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and each week a guest or guests would join the band on stage, some of those guests have included The Waterboys, Hothouse Flowers, Joe Ely and Shane McGowan. The Fleadh Cowboys played support for Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, U2 and The Pogues.
Pete Cummins released his debut solo album ‘The Brilliant Architect’ in 2009 to critical acclaim. “Flowers In Baghdad”, from that album, is a haunting and heartbreaking anti-war song in response to Iraqi blogger Salam Pax who wrote about the lack of colour in his city. It was picked up by Neil Young’s team and spent a year on his anti-war channel.
Pete Cummins continues to tour solo and with guitarist Ger Kiely.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free before 11:30pm, €5 after] plus Late Bar.