Hill Country Jane
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Hill Country Jane

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The Great Charade - 2008
Hill Country Jane - 2005



Hill Country Jane began in 2004 with two high school friends, Ryan Lochridge and Chris Cano, writing songs and drinking beer in their garage in Austin, Texas. After a few long nights of throwing ideas around, they had managed to complete 5 new songs. Eager to hear their new creations from a listeners perspective, they set up a video camera and let it roll, hoping to catch the dynamics of the dimly lit, smoke filled room on tape. When the pair replayed the video, they knew immediately that they were on to something with huge potential. Two weeks later they teamed up with Ray Wylie Hubbard / Kevin Fowler bassist Gary Gryls to record the new tracks at his studio in San Marcos, Texas. With things progressing as well as they were, the next step was to round up the rest of the players. The guys didn’t have to look very far for the next addition, bassist Brian Miller had moved from Houston to Austin with Ryan in early 2000 and the two were still roommates. They had struggled through several years and as many failed bands, trying to make their way in the greatly over-populated Austin music scene and had become fairly jaded, but when he heard the new direction things were going in, Brian jumped on board without a second thought. The trio soon started playing anywhere and everywhere they could in and around Austin and the Hill Country. Soon after, they added Joe Malloy on drums and began spreading out from Beaumont to Waco, hitting every beer joint and honky tonk along the way sharing the stage with the likes of Gary P. Nunn, Walt Wilkins, and Charlie Robison among others. Things were going great for the group until February 2006, when some personal issues called for Ryan and Brian to make the move back to Houston, and the future of Hill Country Jane looked bleak. Upon returning to Houston, Ryan met up with some old friends Waylon Gilmore, Danny Stasney, and Jason Kelley who had a local band called The Straight Arrow Band along with lead guitar player / singer Jason Corbin. After a few crazy turn of events, Corbin decided to leave the band to pursue other musical interests and it wasn’t long before the rest of the guys invited Ryan out to fill his place. It only took one show for everyone involved to realize that the chemistry was there and they asked Ryan to join the band full time. The only thing that they needed now was a solid lead guitar player, so the search was on. Less than 24 hours after placing the first ad for a lead guitar player, Ryan got a call from a soft spoken guy with an accent that definitely wasn’t Texan by the name of Joe Penley, otherwise known as “Chicago Joe.” Joe was a seasoned veteran, recently coming off the road with outlaw country legend David Allan Coe and looking for someplace he could call home. His former band River West had achieved regional success with their song “Texas Remedy” but disbanded due to irreconcilable differences and now he was longing to regain that notoriety. Just as everything seemed to be in place and on the right track, bassist Jason Kelley drops a bomb shell, announcing that he’s leaving the band to concentrate on his family and career. Without any hesitation, Ryan calls up his long time friend and former bassist Brian Miller and Hill Country Jane is re-born. Their musical style is a unique blend of driving country rhythms, rock guitar, and Americana soul with dynamic lyrics that every listener can feel and relate to – delivered in a raw and untamed fashion that epitomizes what we all know and love as Texas.