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"Gypsy Powwow Music Festival '12 Review"

"Some of the stand-out bands of the day included Turbine Toolshed from Amarillo, Texas, and MONTU from Tulsa, Okla. Both bands had excellent performances, setting a good vibe for the rest of the day. - Plainsman Press


"Turbine Toolshed Live: Leaving You Today"

Catch Turbine Toolshed Live
- Tonight
- Leftwoods
- 10 p.m.
- Channel 4


"Turbine Toolshed Live: Leaving You Today"

Catch Turbine Toolshed Live
- Tonight
- Leftwoods
- 10 p.m.
- Channel 4


"Turbine Toolshed"

Turbine Toolshed Live
- TMFL Presents: Dark Side of the Moon
- October 13th
- Amarillo Civic Center
- www.panhandletickets.com

Turbine Toolshed Live
- Tomorrow
- Moe Dogs on 6th Street
- Channel 4


"Here I am With Turbine Toolshed"

Here I Am With Turbine Toolshed
Check out this article in the Amarillo Globe News
about my brother's band, Turbine Toolshed!!


They have been working hard and have some great shows lined up!
Tonight they're playing at Leftwoods down on 6th st
and then they're playing in Lubbock at the Gypsy Pow-Wow Music and Art Festival on September 14th! And then the Turbine Duo {Eddie and Tory} are playing at Fireslice on Thursday August 23 too. Busy, busy!!

I know I say this every time but I'm always so impressed
how they improve and grow from the last time I heard them play.

This was the most recent event I saw them play...

it sold out {!!!!} and there will be another coming in October!

The band with Maggie Burt at the event...


and then a video them playing that night...






and another

Sorry they're not the best sound clips as they sing great, just didn't get much of that when my phone ran out of memory and stopped recording :)
but you can always hear more of their music here



Congrats on the write up guys
and look forward to hearing you again soon! - Kaki Esler


"Bandmates' collaboration creates 'funkgrass' in Turbine Toolshed"

The key to making the turbines spin is to not try so hard.

That’s Turbine Toolshed lead guitarist Carlos Martinez-Arraras’ theory, at least.

“I had to learn to not overplay,” Martinez-Arraras said. “I let what they’re trying to do come through instead of just me and my ego.

“It’s definitely made me a better musician.”

That sense of relaxed teamwork was there from the start for the Amarillo band, which performs Friday at Leftwood’s, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.

The band formed after a series of open mic nights at Austin’s Pub and loose jam sessions in a guest house at a northwest Amarillo home owned by singer/mandolin player Eddie Esler’s grandparents.

Esler, 26, had known banjo player and singer Tory Wood, 30, since high school. When Wood moved back to town after a few years in New Mexico, he found out Esler had fallen in love with the mandolin while attending college in Colorado. They then met Martinez-Arraras, 25, and Montana Standiford, 23, at Austin’s, and the foursome quickly formed a bond.

“We’re friends besides bandmates,” Wood said. “The sound that we do have is based on the groove and the friendship between us.

“It’s organic.”

But finding the right combination took a little time.

For one thing, drummer Standiford had little experience on the instrument the band most needed.

“I had hopped on a friend’s (drum) set, but it was new to me, he said. “It’s still new to me.”

Still, even from one of the band’s earliest meetings, something was working.

“We were in the middle of a jam and realized there’s something cool going on here,” Martinez-Arraras said. “It was goose bumps.”

Now, the band specializes in free-form jams structured around its original songs and drawing from a variety of influences — hip-hop for Standiford, rock and blues for Martinez-Arraras, singer-
songwriter for Wood and bluegrass and classic country for Esler.

“I like to call it funkgrass,” Wood said of the resulting sound.

Since forming in 2010, the band’s original bass player had to drop out, so Esler called in a promise made over drinks and recruited veteran Amarillo musician Dave Freyer, 42.

“He’d offered (to play bass) two weeks before at the Golden Light, and I took it as a joke,” Esler said.

But when the need arose, Esler didn’t hesitate call.

“Hey, Dave, what’s up? Remember that time we took a shot of tequila, and you said you wanted to play bass?” Esler recalled saying.

The band — which occasionally features guests Maggie Burt and Paul Todd — is now working on an EP members hope will be ready before the band performs at the Gypsy Pow-Wow Music and Art Festival on Sept. 14 in Lubbock. The goal is to make a CD that captures, as much as possible, the feel of Turbine’s live shows.

“We’re better live,” Wood said. “The energy we create, well, the collective is better than the individual.”

“The more people get down with you,” Martinez-Arraras said, “the more into it we get.”

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a monthly series on local bands. Up next: Blues Boy Willie. If you or your band wants a turn in the spotlight, email a schedule to chip.chandler@amarillo.com - Chip Chandler - Get Out! - Amarillo Glove News


"Bandmates' collaboration creates 'funkgrass' in Turbine Toolshed"

The key to making the turbines spin is to not try so hard.

That’s Turbine Toolshed lead guitarist Carlos Martinez-Arraras’ theory, at least.

“I had to learn to not overplay,” Martinez-Arraras said. “I let what they’re trying to do come through instead of just me and my ego.

“It’s definitely made me a better musician.”

That sense of relaxed teamwork was there from the start for the Amarillo band, which performs Friday at Leftwood’s, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.

The band formed after a series of open mic nights at Austin’s Pub and loose jam sessions in a guest house at a northwest Amarillo home owned by singer/mandolin player Eddie Esler’s grandparents.

Esler, 26, had known banjo player and singer Tory Wood, 30, since high school. When Wood moved back to town after a few years in New Mexico, he found out Esler had fallen in love with the mandolin while attending college in Colorado. They then met Martinez-Arraras, 25, and Montana Standiford, 23, at Austin’s, and the foursome quickly formed a bond.

“We’re friends besides bandmates,” Wood said. “The sound that we do have is based on the groove and the friendship between us.

“It’s organic.”

But finding the right combination took a little time.

For one thing, drummer Standiford had little experience on the instrument the band most needed.

“I had hopped on a friend’s (drum) set, but it was new to me, he said. “It’s still new to me.”

Still, even from one of the band’s earliest meetings, something was working.

“We were in the middle of a jam and realized there’s something cool going on here,” Martinez-Arraras said. “It was goose bumps.”

Now, the band specializes in free-form jams structured around its original songs and drawing from a variety of influences — hip-hop for Standiford, rock and blues for Martinez-Arraras, singer-
songwriter for Wood and bluegrass and classic country for Esler.

“I like to call it funkgrass,” Wood said of the resulting sound.

Since forming in 2010, the band’s original bass player had to drop out, so Esler called in a promise made over drinks and recruited veteran Amarillo musician Dave Freyer, 42.

“He’d offered (to play bass) two weeks before at the Golden Light, and I took it as a joke,” Esler said.

But when the need arose, Esler didn’t hesitate call.

“Hey, Dave, what’s up? Remember that time we took a shot of tequila, and you said you wanted to play bass?” Esler recalled saying.

The band — which occasionally features guests Maggie Burt and Paul Todd — is now working on an EP members hope will be ready before the band performs at the Gypsy Pow-Wow Music and Art Festival on Sept. 14 in Lubbock. The goal is to make a CD that captures, as much as possible, the feel of Turbine’s live shows.

“We’re better live,” Wood said. “The energy we create, well, the collective is better than the individual.”

“The more people get down with you,” Martinez-Arraras said, “the more into it we get.”

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a monthly series on local bands. Up next: Blues Boy Willie. If you or your band wants a turn in the spotlight, email a schedule to chip.chandler@amarillo.com - Chip Chandler - Get Out! - Amarillo Glove News


Discography

Turbine Toolshed: The Lost Canyon EP
Turbine Toolshed: Whiskey Stomp

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Bio

In 2010, a group of musicians and friends began meeting for “Monday Night Jams” in a very special place called The Lost Canyon. These weekly gatherings just outside Amarillo, Texas quickly grew into a centrifuge of creativity and chemistry with inspiration spanning all backgrounds and genres. With each passing week, it became more and more apparent that something special was just beginning… and Turbine Toolshed was born. Today, the group maintains the spirit of its freestyle collaborative roots & makes every show a unique & memorable experience. Offering everything from funk-infused dance beats & Rock & Roll to Bluegrass & Southern Americana, Turbine Toolshed creates a truly innovative sound that is sure to keep the audience dancing.