Durango Brothers

Durango Brothers

BandCountryAcoustic

Imagine a combination of James Ray meets Shayne Seymour with acoustic guitars, a case of beer and a harmonica. That's the Durango Brothers. Combing Marxist wit--Groucho, not Karl--with angelic harmonies and catchy songs, the Durango Brothers bring on the entertainment real good!

Biography

First of all, Jay and Shayne are not related by blood or marriage or any other sick ceremonies ya'll practice out there.
The Durango Brothers play about 70% original material. They have written plenty of songs, but feel an obligation to pay tribute to the greats who have influenced them. Their influences include artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel, Todd Park Mohr, Bono, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, and more.
Most of their songs are inspired by people they've met, places they've been, or various nefarious circumstances they may have found themselves in.
Their harmonies, melodies and songs are widely know as being very good!
They've been friends for fifteen years. Their musical, lyrical and on-stage chemistry is awesome. They just can't agree on which beer is the best or which one is more popular with the ladies.
Little Brother Jay:
Jay was born and grew up to have a lot of fun sometimes. One time when Jay was born, he grew up lots of times. After growing up he learned to talk and ssprell. He went to school before. Lots of times he lived in Arkansas once, but he'd prefer not to talk about that.
He's been lots of places too. Once he went to Colorado with his Big Brother Shayne and his real-life mother Momma. He liked it so much that he pretended to move there, but then he changed his mind for a while. He's also been to Las Vegas and Grand Prairie. He's never been to Spain, but he kinda likes the music.
As a kid, he was a lot younger than he is today. He liked music and stuff. His favorite kind of music is songs. Eventually, he parleyed his love for music into a successful career as a singer/songwriter which has not happened yet. One time before that, he met his Big Brother Shayne and they learned how to be friends. They began playing music and writing songs together before they knew it. Finally, they decided to become The Durango Brothers.
Big Brother Shayne and Little Brother Jay have many friends who encourage them to become successful. They are very thankful for all their many friends. They believe that friends are the most important people to have around when they need money and beer. Throughout their career, The Durango Brothers have been surrounded by many of the most famous musicians in the world and Canada. One day they hope to meet them all.
Jay lives in Fort Worth and often likes to wear caps on his head.

Big Brother Shayne:
Shayne was born in Irving, Texas on March 8 in the year of our Lord 1969. He later grew up to write songs, play hockey, climb mountains and become a founding member of the Fabulous Durango Brothers .
Shayne swears that when he was a child his dad only had three 8-track tapes--Marty Robbins, Charlie Pride and Ernest Tubb (whom Shayne is proud to call a third or fourth cousin)--yet he realized years later that most of his favorite songs were either by Johnny Cash or The Doors. However, the first actual turning point in the influence music had on him may have been either talking his parents into buying him an 8-track featuring the greatest hits of Sheb Wooley and Ben Coulder, or the purchase of the Funky Favorites album.
Another large influence was an elementary school music teacher who led the class in frequent sing-alongs to various Beatles songs. At age 11, he began piano lessons that he managed to keep up for about four years before deciding it was much more fun spending evenings after school playing pick-up football. At 13, he began playing trumpet in junior high. He played keyboards in various garage rock bands and frequently played trumpet in church. He wrote his first song at age 14. He'll admit that it was bad, but not quite as bad as a lot of stuff played out there.
During high school, where he lost many chair challenges to Little Brother Jay, one of his garage bands needed a bass player. The drummer's dad loaned Shayne a bass, so he taught himself to play that bass and started playing bass in garage bands. One of those bands, Marzee (bad name, I know), did a few shows, wrote a few songs and recorded those songs in the studio one day. It wasn't long before the need for him to play guitar arose, and he taught himself to do that. He says his only regret is not having a better teacher.
His most successful band in those days was probably Crimson Dance. After playing several shows with them, the other members of Crimson Dance eventually left to join Tim Holiday and a realigned Bat Mastersons. He tried out a few more bands, then finally took a few years off from music, until finally he and Jay were persuaded by friends that it was only fair to the world that they share their music.
Shayne played in several other bands, including Captain Trips and Crimson Danse (stole the name, but changed one letter), and started playing guitar and singing in those alleged bands. He's thinking about selling CDs of one of those bands, because everyone says that music is still really good.

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Durango Brothers