Texas Renegade

Texas Renegade

BandCountryAmericana

With harmonica and mandolin as your lead instruments, unique and awesome are the only two words needed to describe Texas Renegade's sound. Mix those in with perfectly matched harmony vocals and you've got a knock out band known as Texas Renegade.

Biography

Texas Renegade

To call Texas Renegade a breath of fresh air to today’s Texas County scene is a gross understatement. Their unique sound and onstage camaraderie make this group a force to be reckoned with. Unlike most bands of their genre, Renegade showcases the harmonica and mandolin as their lead instruments, additions which add undeniable freshness to a familiar Texas sound.

While the members of Texas Renegade are young, they are no rookies in the business. The group originally formed in April of 2002 in the hill country town of Wimberley, Texas. Lead singer Andy Bertelsen’s distinct voice fronts the group. Kasey Klepfer wails on the harmonica, as Tyson Carver plucks and strums the mandolin while providing backing vocals. Tyson’s twin brother Eli plays bass, and Luke Ayers keeps the beat on drums. When these five talents combine, they form a sound that has been dubbed “the real deal” by legendary singer/songwriter Kent Finlay. Texas Renegade has been privileged to share the stage with such great acts as Billy Joe Shaver, Asleep at the Wheel, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Cory Morrow, to name a few.

The band’s first self-release album, 3 a.m., received critical acclaim and garnered quite a fan base. In 2005, Kasey Klepfer received the My Texas Music “Musician of the Year” award, but Texas Renegade will be quick to tell you they’re hardly a one-man band. Showcasing no one as their leader, they fashion themselves as more of a family than anything. The group displays an incredible onstage camaraderie that earned them the 2006 My Texas Music “Live Band of the Year” award.

Texas Renegade’s highly anticipated second album, After Everything, was released in the spring of 2007. The album was produced by Stephen Belans, and with an overall higher production quality, the group feels this album is their greatest accomplishment as musicians. With tracks such as “Angel of the Moonlight,” and “Bar Ditch,” there is no doubt that After Everything will take Texas Renegade to the next level in the Texas Music industry.

2007 has proven to be a great year for Texas Renegade. The group signed with Smith Music Group in the spring of 2007, and most recently, with Austin Universal Entertainment, Inc., one of the largest booking agencies in the southwest. With a superb team behind them, there it is without question that Texas Renegade will soon be a household name in the Texas Music scene.

What People are Saying about Texas Renegade

“Texas Renegade has earned my respect as songwriters and players…a righteously cool band.”
- Ray Wylie Hubbard

“One of the most exciting up and coming bands around is called Texas Renegade. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you need to. Those boys will make you sit up and take notice, ‘cause they are the real deal.”
- Kent Finlay, Owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse and Songwriter

Discography

3am - 2004
After Everything - 2007

Set List

Preferred gig length - 90 to 120 minutes; can play up to 4 hours with breaks.

Set list is mainly originals. Covers include:
Like a Rolling Stone
Lawyers, Guns and Money
Mary Magdeline
6th Ave Heartache
Whiskey River