Americana Pioneers Wagoneers Reuniting, Playing Houston

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Overnight, Lonesome Onry and Mean received word that the Wagoneers, one of Texas' earliest alt-country bands, are coming back from the dead. The hard-twanging roots band that was essentially a precursor to the Americana movement will perform for the first time in 22 years at the Austin Chronicle's Austin Music Awards on March 19.

The band will play the Continental Club in Houston April 15 and the Austin Continental the following night.

LOM recalls the band in its earliest days, a 1988 show at the tiny Montrose joint Chelsea 805, which was booked by the late consummate music maven Angela Mullan. Mullan phoned LOM and told us to get down to her club and see this new band that was like nothing else on the scene at the time.

The Wagoneers were the first anti-Nashville, anti-hat-act band LOM had ever encountered, and our musical tastes and understanding were forever altered by their performances.

"We got a call that we're being inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame at the next Music Awards show, and the organizers asked if we would regroup to play the event," says Wagoneers drummer and former Houstonian Tom Lewis, who went on to play with Jesse Dayton, Jim Lauderdale and Heybale!

"We thought if we were going to go to the trouble to do that, why not also do a showcase, so we did a couple of rehearsals," adds Lewis. "But the whole thing just felt right to all of us, and we found our old groove really quick, so we talked it over and decided to do some gigs and see what develops."

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Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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I caught the Wagoneers at Mucky Duck & Fitzgeralds back in the day, and still on occasion watch a taped Austin City Limits performance. Great to see them back in the saddle.


"I Want to Know Her Again" was a standard song in my little SA combo. Great freakin song.


Monte Warden did go on to hit pay dirt, but not as a singer/songwriter.

As a songwriter, he hit it huge with George Strait's "Desperately," among other songs - a song written about the dissolution of his first marriage. Lots of big Nash Vegas folks have done his songs (Travis Tritt and I think Martina McBride maybe?), and he has quite a few gold records around his house. The fact that his [second] wife is also his publicist makes it *really* nice; the money stays in the family! She's a real go-getter (and former Nashville girl) who knows how to get the right songs to the right people.

How's that for a happy ending to a first broken marriage? Wife #2 quipped in a Nashville trade paper that if "Desperately" went to #1, she was sending flowers to Wife #1. It only went to #2 (through an odd quirk of the tabulating), but it brought in a nice chunk of change.

Beautiful, smart-as-hell new wife and a very successful songwriting career - that's pay dirt in my book :)(Can't wait for the show!)


Album order fixed. Looking forward to the show.

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Actually Stout and High was their debut album and came out first, in 1988. Good Fortune came out second in 1989 so they disbanded after their second album, not their first.

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