Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man
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Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
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Jan
26
Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man @ Jovitas

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

Jan
14
Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man @ Salute International Bar

San Antonio, Texas, USA

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Dec
31
Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man @ The D & W Lounge

Houston, Texas, USA

Houston, Texas, USA

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Nick Gaitan has played pachuco-boogie with Los Skarnales, sold records at Sig's Lagoon, taught English at Houston Community College, tended bar at the Continental Club and toured with Billy Joe Shaver. He funnels those experiences into this effortless, grandly entertaining disc, which captures the heart and soul of Houston life via country, conjunto, rockabilly and more. Gaitan's sturdy bass and vocals mesh perfectly with contributions from sultry singer Kam Franklin, accordionist Roberto Rodriguez, fiddler Hilary Sloan and a host of other familiar names. Listen closely -- your street might be mentioned in one of the terrific tunes. –Joey Guerra , Houston Chronicle - Houston Chronicle


One lazy Houston afternoon, Umbrella Man bassist Nick Gaitan was sitting upstairs in his apartment on "The Island" at 3700 Main, the South Midtown building that houses the Continental Club, Tacos a Go-Go, Sig's Lagoon and Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge. At the time, Gaitan was pulling down shifts at all of them, and as he stared out his window at the Ensemble/HCC MetroRail station, the makings of a song began stirring in his head: "I just walked up from the station / 26 steps up in the rain..." He finished the song in about 20 minutes, before the ride he was waiting on showed up, and titled it "I've Found My Weakness in You" after the abundance of attractive women who populate the block most weekend (and some weekday) nights. Not long after, Gaitan's boss Billy Joe Shaver heard him rehearsing it on the tour bus and liked it so much, he's already cut a version for his still-unreleased next album. Still, the version Gaitan sings most every Tuesday at Umbrella Man's Continental gig — and has recorded for that band's forthcoming release — remains the definitive one. "Weakness" may be about a very specific piece of real estate and what goes on there, but its laid-back, down-home vibe makes it an anthem all Houston can get behind. –Chris Gray, Houston Press 2009 - Houston Press


Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: When he's not thumping for honky-tonk icon HYPERLINK "http://www.houstonpress.com/related/to/Billy+Joe+Shaver" \o "Billy Joe Shaver" Billy Joe Shaver or local rockabilly gasses the Octanes, Nick Gaitan leads The Umbrella Man, whose self-titled debut is a walking-bass Gulf Coast tour of zydeco, conjunto, swamp pop, country-soul and even dub. Features Gaitan's ode to his (and Noise's) beloved home "The Island" at 3700 Main, "I've Found My Weakness in You" — twice — but no discernible weaknesses. - Houston Press


Discography

"Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man"
self titled release
-"Top Ten in Houston local cds 2009"
Houston Chronicle

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Nick Gaitan and his band "The Umbrella Man" is a Gulf Coast combo that incorporates many of the genres of music from the Texas- Louisiana region. From Country, Rockabilly, Swamp pop to Conjunto, This band will have dancing. The Umbrella Man's performances and song choices have been referred to as a "Gumbo" because of The bands entertaining shows laced with the sounds of Roberto Rodriguez' accordion or Bart Maloney's steel guitar.

Gaitan has won the Houston Press Music Award for "Best Bassist" from 2004 - 2008. Gaitan has also played bass and toured with Country music legend, Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver recorded a song composed by Nick Gaitan titled "I've Found my Weakness in You" in 2008. Nick Gaitan won the Houston Press Music Award in the "Musician of the Year" category.

The band anxiously awaits the release of their second cd this Fall, stay tuned!