Big State
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  • True Texan
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:29) [7.99 MB]
  • Strawman
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:10) [7.23 MB]
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:44) [8.55 MB]
  • These Days Won't Last
    Genre: Roots Rock
    MP3 (03:30) [8.02 MB]
  • Set It Off
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:31) [10.32 MB]
  • Sick of Love
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:51) [8.83 MB]
  • Midway
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:14) [7.4 MB]
  • Soliloquy of a Dying Breed
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:29) [7.98 MB]
  • Days of Calumet
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:33) [8.13 MB]
  • Beatings of My Heart
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:18) [7.55 MB]
  • Unrequited
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:00) [6.87 MB]
  • Chasing Stars
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:44) [8.55 MB]
  • Oh, Cordelia
    Genre: Roots Rock
    MP3 (03:48) [8.72 MB]
  • Make America Shake Again
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:13) [7.35 MB]
  • Heck Yeah, Dang Right
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (04:00) [9.16 MB]
  • Ballad of Davy Crockett, Part 2
    Genre: Roots Rock
    MP3 (04:04) [9.3 MB]
  • Christine
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (02:49) [6.45 MB]
  • Marfa, TX
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:05) [9.34 MB]
  • Bottom of a Whiskey Glass
    Genre: Roots Rock
    MP3 (03:24) [7.77 MB]
  • Talk
    Genre: Country Rock
    MP3 (04:07) [9.42 MB]
  • Upstater
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:12) [7.32 MB]
  • Lynette
    Genre: Roots Rock
    MP3 (04:06) [9.4 MB]
  • Bad Timing / Bad Luck
    Genre: Roots Rock
    MP3 (04:06) [9.37 MB]
  • Where Is Robert
    Genre: Alt. Country
    MP3 (03:20) [7.62 MB]
  • The Long Way
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:24) [7.78 MB]
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Whiskey Fueled Alt-Country, Americana, & Roots Rock from Austin, Texas

"They've got a sound akin to the Old 97's or Uncle Tupelo, but make no mistake; Big State is 100% Austin Country. Grab yourself a frosty beverage of your choice and be prepared to be entertained." -Sean Claes, InSite Magazine

Pulling together bar band swagger, honky-tonk stomp, and pop-rock smarts and vigor, Big State barnstormed the alternative country-rock scene in Austin in the beginning of 2016. The band immediately caught on at multiple venues as they quickly built a fanbase with their unique blend of cowpunk Americana and sweaty, high-octane sets. Within only 2 months the band was asked, and played, an Austin "music week" (SX) showcase. Big State is known for their good time, high energy shows, and their fan favorite song, Heck Yeah, Dang Right, never fails to bring the house down.

Big State got its start in late 2015 as the brainchild of James Brinkman (Brink - Lead Vocals, Guitar) and Tim Brown (Tank - Drums, Vocals ) and a chance meeting after practice with other bands at the MusicLab in Austin. Early on they added Patrick Conreaux (Coleslaw - Bass, Vocals). The search for the right guitar player required patience, but eventually word was received that Aaron Seymour (Knucklebones - Lead Guitar, Vocals), was coming back to the states after 4 years of living upside down in Australia. Tim and Aaron had teamed up previously in bands so the chemistry was instant between the 4.

In only a couple months the band had written an entire album of songs, which they would go on to record in their self-produced album Red, White, & Booze (released January 2016). Like an 18-wheeler rolling downhill with no brakes, the band was back in the studio recording an EP only one month later. Only months later they were recording a second EP, their 3 release of 2016

On June 9, 2017 Big State released their first full length album, Sure Thing, recorded at Teenie Sound Studios and mastered again by Matthew Agoglia of The Ranch in Beacon, New York. The 13 song album combines new songs as well as remixed and remastered songs from their two EPs, and finds the band hitting their stride, as gated and chaotic as that stride may be. Sure Thing quickly found acceptance, receiving airplay on over 60 radio stations in the US, Canada, and Europe and hitting #131 on the AMA Americana chart as of the June 12 and #24 on the Roots Music Report Americana Top 50 as of June 17.

With a tip of the cap to their influencers such as Uncle Tupelo, Old 97's, and Slobberbone, Big State's songs are irreverent and entertaining, blending the biographical and pure fiction, and drawing from that story-telling gene that's inherently built into a Texan. The haywire result that is growing up and being a musician in Austin is evident, as the music is equal parts Willie and The Clash, that always present intersection of Country and Punk/Rock that exists in the Live Music Capital of the World.

Heck Yeah, Dang Right!
  • Members:
    James Brinkman, Aaron Seymour, Tim Brown, Patrick Conreaux
  • Sounds Like:
    uncle tupelo, old 97's, bottle rockets, slobberbone
  • Influences:
    old 97's, uncle tupelo, bottle rockets, slobberbone
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  • Profile Last Updated:
    08/15/18 09:58:56
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