Chris Brazeal Band

Chris Brazeal Band

 Odessa, Texas, USA
BandCountryAmericana

The Chris Brazeal Band combines Texas Country, Americana, and a splash of southern rock creating unique sounds that seperates them from their contemporaries. With diverse background of influences, strong songwriting, and energy filled live shows, they're making a big splash in the Texas music scene.

Biography

The Chris Brazeal Band, formed in early 2009, takes a unique blend of influences to produce a sound all of their own. A four piece band based out of West Texas, the Chris Brazeal Band consists of Brazeal on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Zack Neves on Lead guitar and harmony vocals, Austin Grigry on bass guitar, and Lilo Hernandez on drums. Writing has always been a top priority, and the band takes pride in playing and recording their own material, with all eleven tracks on their new album, Sounds Like Home, being written by Brazeal or Neves. From the beginning, the Chris Brazeal Band has been fine tuning their live show, and with performances at legendary venues such as Dos Amigos, Filthy McNastys, Rockin Rodeo, Blaines Pub, plus many others under their belt, they have formed a live show that keeps the crowds moving and involved. The band has a brand new full length album as well as a whos who list of bands that they have opened for including Eli Young Band, Josh Abbott Band, Casey Donahew Band, Lee Brice, Tracey Lawrence, Aaron Watson, and Stoney Larue. With a diverse background of influences, strong songwriting, and energy filled live performances, the Chris Brazeal Band is making a big splash in the Texas music scene.

Chris Brazeal, lead vocals and acoustic guitar, is West Texas born and bred. During his years at the storied Permian High School, he learned to play guitar and his dream of being a professional musician began. While attending the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, he played open mic nights and any venue that would have him. While continuing to follow his dream, he pulled together a talented group of musicians that form the current band.

Chris has spent years honing his musical skills and finds song writing inspiration from a wide variety of musicians, including Robert Earl Keen, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eli Young Band, and many of the other greats of Texas Music. He prides himself on the unique sound that mixes both the classic and contemporary sounds of Texas artists.

Zack Neves, a Monahans, TX native, plays the lead guitar and provides harmony vocals. In addition to performing in the band Zack is one half of the creative force behind the bands songwriting talent. A graduate of Monahans High School, Zack followed his musical dreams attending South Plains College and studying in their renowned guitar program, where he learned and grew as a musician.

Zack, now of Midland, TX, met Chris at a local open mic night, with the two hitting it off and collaborating on songwriting. Before long, he joined the band on a full time basis.

Zack finds musical inspiration in some of the great musicians of history such as Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, and John Prine. This mixture of musical background and life experiences helped Zack and Chris to shape the diverse sound of their new CD, Sounds Like Home.

Lilo Hernandez, an Odessa native and graduate of Odessa High, is known for his diverse experience playing the drums. He was a part of the UTPB Pep Band and has experience in metal, rock, jazz, blues, latin, and pop music as well as the Texas Country scene. Lilo taught himself to play the drums and he has been playing them for more than 14 years.

Lilo met Chris at a local open mic night in Odessa, TX. He and the group found great chemistry, and this cemented his position as a permanent member of the band.

Lilo finds his musical inspiration in the likes of Alex Gonzales of Mana, Jose Pasillas of Incubus as well as Abe Cunningham of the Deftones.

In 2013, the band parted ways with Trevor Buzbee, and welcomed their newest member, Austin Grigry. A Monahans, TX native, Austin adds to the already energetic live show and is a great addition to the Chris Brazeal Band.

Discography

Sounds Like Home - 2012

Chris Brazeal Band EP- 2010

Radio Singles -
"Small Town Saturday Night" (#39 Texas Music Chart, #32 on TRRR Top 100)
Middle American Blues (#20 Texas Music Chart, #13 on TRRR Top 100, #9 TexNet Top 50)
Sounds Like Home (#28 TRRR Top 100, #38 Texas Music Chart, #25 TexNet Top 50)
Beer Pong Saturday Night (KKCN 103.1 San Angelo, TX)