The Lonesome Heroes

The Lonesome Heroes

 Austin, Texas, USA

Cosmic American Music from Austin, Texas


The Lonesome Heroes might as well print “Cosmic American” on their passports. The Austin, TX based group may hail from the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but their sound suggests they originate from a parallel universe where the works of Gram Parsons, Beck, and Wilco propagate. Austin's KUTX describes them as “the soundscape that occurs when indie rock and country artfully cross paths.” 

Since the release of their sophomore album, Can’t Stand Still, in January of 2015, the troubadours have played 100 + U.S. dates, explored new continents in the name of “Cosmic American Music," and gained accolades along the way.

Can’t Stand Still was recorded in Austin at Z Sound Recording and at Jim Eno’s (Spoon) Public Hi-Fi and mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering (Beck, Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys). The album was named “one of Austin's best discs of 2015” by the Austin Chronicle and was featured on their year-end “Top 10 Locals You Didn’t Hear” list. Their single “Steel” was selected as a Top Tune Download of the Day by KCRW in Los Angeles and received airplay on stations throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Appointed as ambassadors of “Cosmic American Music”, The Lonesome Heroes were one of a handful of American acts invited to play the inaugural Dashville Skyline Music Festival in Australia. Their trip abroad included a live performance on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Live and Local radio program, a feature in an Australian Rolling Stone article on the origins of Americana music and a 20 date tour along the east coast of the continent.

Following a summer tour of the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest with festival appearances in between at BAMM Fest, Oregon Country Fair and What Fest, the Lonesome Heroes have begun work on a follow up to Can’t Stand Still and plan to release an EP in early 2017. 

Originally formed in 2006 by Brooklyn raised songwriter Rich Russell, The Lonesome Heroes have played over 1000 shows in both the U.S. and abroad.  Their last album Daydream Western was nominated by a panel of judges including Tom Waits, Keith Richards, and Suzanne Vega and went on to win the 2012 Independent Music Awards Vox Pop award. ABC featured their single Something Reckless on the TV Series Nashville in 2013. 

The Lonesome Heroes have shared festivals and stages with countless up and coming and established acts including: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down,  Shakey Graves, Bahamas, Phosphorescent, The Octopus Project, Wild Child, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, The California Honey Drops, Easy Leaves, Mariee Sioux, Wagons, Leo Rondeau, Patti Fiasco, Austin Lucas, Turnpike Troubadours, James Hand, Lilly Hiatt, Samantha Crain, Left Coast Country, Emily Wolfe, Earl Poole Ball, The Deer, East Cameron Folkcore, Ryley Walker, Hollis Brown, The Far West, The O’s, David Ramirez, Amanda Shires, Christian Lee Hutson, Freedy Johnston, Whiskey Shivers, Dana Falconberry, Possesed By Paul James, Black Joe Lewis, Water Liars, and Gregory Alan Isakov.

Some Press for The Lonesome Heroes:

“Many bands claim Gram Parsons and Big Star as influences, but few compare to such time-tested landmarks. The reconfigured Lonesome Heroes fill the bill by drawing as much from Seventies pop as they do from a potpourri of country rock. The ear-pleasing results make for one of Austin's best discs of 2015.”

The Austin Chronicle

"There’s a bounty of country-psych awesomeness from this Austin band. The Lonesome Heroes release Can’t Stand Still revels in that groovy cosmic American indie-pop vibe, speckled with dusky shades of golden FM road trip sounds."

Austin Music Minute, KUTX 98.9 FM

"Cosmic Austin-based band Lonesome Heroes’ album Can't Stand Still creeps under the skin, right into your bloodstream. Western Americana fans will delight”

KCRW 89.9 FM, Los Angeles


Don’t Play to Lose EP (Floodwater Records 2006)

Sunny Eyed Highway (2007)

Crooked Highway EP (24 October 2008)

Wood Paneled Walls & Worn Cliches - Live from Austin, TX (2009)

Daydream Western (6 March 2012)

Can’t Stand Still (27 January 2015) (Vinyl release on Whatbang Records)

Set List

The Lonesome Heroes are a 4/5 piece.  They have a three hour set of original Indie/Americana material with a few covers and standards mixed in. They have a QSC Audio endorsement and travel with a 4000 watt K Series PA system and can adapt their set to fit a variety of venues ranging from small acoustic venues to rock clubs.  With a 1000+ shows nationally and abroad, they have a fair deal of road experience and a lot of stories.