McLemore Avenue

McLemore Avenue


McLemore Avenue is centered around the legendary Hammond organ and specializes in original instrumental soul, jazz, R&B, surf and lounge music. Its southern-flavored, original sound continues the best traditions of "Soulsville, USA" while creating a new style all their own.


McLemore Avenue--following in the tradition of instrumental groups like Booker T. and the MGs, The Meters and Jimmy Smith--combines elements of Southern soul, R & B, jazz and other genres with an original sound that is unique to Austin, Texas.

The band was formed in 1997 by organist Patrick Benfield, who was mentored by Ian "Mac" McLagan, of the Faces. Originally emerging as a Booker T. and the MGs cover band, the band has since written its own original music.


Texas Toast

Written By: Patrick Benfield

n/a - instrumental


Written By: Patrick Benfield/Landis Armstrong

n/a - instrumental


Album - 926 East

Our original track, "A Toy Robot!" featured "Shakin' In Your Boots: A Texas Rock-N-Roll Compilation" on Licorice Tree Records

A cover of "Melting Pot" by Booker T. and the MGs on "Chinese Checkers: A Tribute to Memphis Soul Instrumentals" on Wildebeest Records

Set List

Our typical set is a mix of original songs, with the occasional Booker T. and the MGs tune, like "Green Onions" or "Time Is Tight." These sets can be as short as 45 minutes or as long as 3 hours, depending on the venue.

Original Songs:

Ham Slice
About Face
The Indefatigable Jimmy Smits
Texas Toast
Me Gusta
Sad, But True
A Toy Robot!
(The Last of the) V-8 Interceptors
926 East
Short Stack
Bravo Foxtrot
Done Deal
Hecho En Tejas


Booker T and the MGs:
Green Onions
Time Is Tight
Melting Pot
Soul Dressing
Can't Be Still
Aw' Mercy
Hang 'Em High
Soul Limbo
Chicken Pox

Misc Covers:
Back at the Chicken Shack
Cissy Strut