Austin Gilliam
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Austin Gilliam

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States
Rock Americana

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"AUSTIN IN THE KINGSVILLE RECORD"

Fans recognize Gilliam with his stage presence. His six-foot-five vikingesque stature commands attention.

Gilliam recalled that he became interested in playing the guitar when he was nine years old. “I found an old guitar in my closet and took it from there,” he said.
“Music runs on both sides of my family,” Gilliam said. His grandparents and other family members were musicians.
Gilliam began playing in bands in and around Kingsville since he was 15 years old.

Most recently, Austin has been active in the studio, both as a musician and vocalist, but also a producer. His production debut (Keith Davis, Jason Marbach, “Eclipse”) was released October 2010 and he is in the final stages of his second album as a producer (Mark Jungers, Jeremy Halliburton, “Whiskey & Lies”). - Kingsville Record


"ADAM ODOR ON AUSTIN GILLIAM"

Austin Gilliam’s musical heart cannot be contained in the frame the Lord gave him. Austin gives you every ounce of ability he has, blowing your mind every time. - Grammy-award-winning engineer, producer


"JEREMY PLATO ON AUSTIN GILLIAM"

Austin’s a swtichblade. He’ll cut you to your soul.
- Bassist, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada and The Departed


"AUSTIN IN THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT"

It’s six-feet, five-inches of bullshit-free, rocked-out guitar fervor from local hero Gilliam, the tattooed Viking of roughneck Americana. His band, the Politicians, ain’t too shabby neither. - The Current (San Antonio)


"MATT KING ON AUSTIN GILLIAM"

Austin is as passionate about playing music as a sawmill blade is about fresh timber.

He’s also a gentleman to be around on and off the road.
- Matt King and the Cutters


"AUSTIN IN TEXAS MUSIC TIMES"

I’ve seen Scott Wiggins Band live several times and always thought the most compelling thing about the show was the energetic lead guitar of Austin Gilliam. And there’s something inside me that wants Gilliam, who provides superb background vocals, to step up to the front mic.

It’s a tribute to Austin Gilliam’s guitar skills that (Producer Keith) Davis, himself a master guitarist, does not break out his Telecaster anywhere on the album (“Burn”).
— Texas Music Times

- Texas Music Times


"DREW KENNEDY ON AUSTIN GILLIAM"

Austin Gilliam looks as if he is about to kick your face in at any moment. He won’t, of course. But his music will. His music won’t think twice about kicking you in the face. Austin, on the other hand gives really good hugs, so don’t worry about him, but consider yourself warned about his tunes.
- Drew Kennedy and the Golden Wing of Victory


"DREW KENNEDY ON AUSTIN GILLIAM"

Austin Gilliam looks as if he is about to kick your face in at any moment. He won’t, of course. But his music will. His music won’t think twice about kicking you in the face. Austin, on the other hand gives really good hugs, so don’t worry about him, but consider yourself warned about his tunes.
- Drew Kennedy and the Golden Wing of Victory


"AUSTIN IN THE RED DIRT REPORT"

Guitarist Austin Gilliam is a heckuva player. - Red Dirt Report


"AUSTIN IN THE SAN MARCOS LOCAL NEWS"

If you haven’t heard (Austin) Gilliam’s band (The Politicians) ... It's easily one of the best shows around. That Gilliam boy can bring it.
- San Marcos Local News


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Fans recognize Austin Gilliam as a guitar player. Maybe it’s his six-foot-five viking-esque stature. Or his nine-inch signature pin-up-girl tattoo. Or maybe it’s just that he’s a really, really good guitar player.

But fans of the music scene know the media recognized more than three years ago: Austin Gilliam is a heckuva guitist — but he’s a guitarist with a killer set of pipes.

Austin cut his teeth in the Americana scene playing lead guitar and singing harmony vocals with the Scott Wiggins Band. His guitar and vocal work on the band’s sophomore album, “Burn” (Adam Odor, Keith Davis) was critically acclaimed and the CD netted two of the Top 25 singles in 2009.

After departing the Wiggins Band, Austin played most notably with Drew Kennedy and Javi Garcia and the Cold, Cold Ground before joining Matt King and the Cutters. The Cutters kicked off its emerging, national-touring presence with a stop in Nashville, where the band recorded “The Cutters” (Vance Powell) EP. Later, Austin found himself on the road full-time with Brandon Jenkins, with whom he’s also recorded.

With a true passion for music, Austin is known to fill his schedule and often play as many as 10 gigs a week — sometimes with as many as nine different bands.

“I’ve taken influence from each project I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with and combined them the best way I know how. I continue to do that to this day,” Austin says.

While he is best known as a guitar player, his album credits and critical acclaim heavily reflect his vocal talent. Now Austin, with his band, The Politicians, looks forward to sharing his voice, his songs, and of course, his guitar playing, with you.

And if there's one thing Gilliam's learned in the music industry, it's this: you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. So his band, the Politicians stands up for rock music the way you remember it. Music with an Americana flair that could only come from a New Braunfels-based act. Austin Gilliam and the Politicians are bringing their campaign off the beaten, local path and travelling to you, bringing you music you can believe in.

The Politicians are edgy without trying to hard to be; Americana roots rock that pulls the roots out of the ground and then spits them back at the audience. But Gilliam has a pop sensibility softening his hard-assed, hard-edged sound and roots, and a blues background that gives him his “switchblade soul.” The boy’s gonna cut you, and you’re gonna like it.

Gilliam, along with Bassist (and childhood best friend) Bob Driver and Drummer Miles Stone “bring it” in power-trio form. While six-foot-five-inch Gilliam and his band mates — neither of which looks less intimidating than Vikingesque ­­frontman Gilliam — will not, literally, punch or kick you in the face, his music will. The music will definitely kick you in the face. Or at least, it’ll give you something to believe in, to stand for. It’s something you’ll want to hear. Perhaps, if you're a fan, it's what you've been waiting for.

Believe in Music. Vote for Austin. Stand for Something.