CONRAD KEELY: Keely co-founded …Trail of Dead with Jason Reece, a childhood friend from Hawaii. Begun in Austin Texas in 1995, the band has been touring non-stop ever since,... and this year has marked their 20th year anniversary with their ninth album entitled IX. Not one to slow his pace, Keely was encouraged by fellow band-mate Autry Fulbright to record a collection of solo material that would allow him to vent creative ideas and styles different from the hard-rock, high energy textures his band has become known for. During his time spent as an expatriate in Cambodia, Keely began spending more time playing solo shows (although not always acoustic) as well as collaborating with other musicians, both expat and Cambodian, on material as diverse as Irish folk, American bluegrass, to Khmer classics from the golden age of Cambodian psychedelic rock, a scene cut tragically short by the Khmer Rouge regime in 1974. The diversity of styles has informed much of his latest writing, but also expanded his approach to the songs he’s written over the last twenty years for his rock band.
www.pledgemusic.com/projects/conrad-keely-original-machines // trailofdead.com
WILL COURTNEY: After spending five years touring and recording two albums as the lead singer and songwriter of the Austin, TX band, Brothers And Sisters, Will Courtney decided to pack up and move back to Los Angeles...and then to Nashville...and then to a log cabin on some land in Dripping Springs, TX. Now, after two years of being based in Santa Fe, NM, where he produced albums for other artists and toured the US and Europe as a solo artist, he’s back in Austin with a new band and a new album, Planning Escapes. When Will is not making music, he spends much of his time collecting 19th Century photographs and researching the history of the American West. He recently worked on a new documentary series on famous western outlaws called Gunslingers. Will is a featured historian on the Discovery Channel series, Gunslingers: Billy The Kid.
www.willcourtneymusic.com // www.facebook.com/willcourtneymusic // @brotherwill