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Band Bio



Jimmy Deveney- Vocals/Electric Guitar/Banjo- Jimmy hails originally from Albuquerque, NM.  He grew up playing in rock, punk rock and rockabilly bands, and inevitably heard the high lonesome sound that led him down the path to country, bluegrass, hillbilly and roots music.   Deveney moved to Austin, TX in 2004, after a couple years in Jackson, MS, and founded Horse Opera in 2006, as a vehicle for his songwriting.  Through many line up changes, leading to the addition of fellow songwriter and singer, Howdy Darrell, Deveney has persevered, and Horse Opera has grown into a band Deveney is proud to be a part of.


Chris “Howdy” Darrell- vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Mandolin- Howdy grew up in the Corpus Christi area and started playing in bands as a junior in Highschool and got his 1st professional gig playing upright bass with the late Chadd Thomas and his band the Crazy Kings before he finished his senior year. After graduating he moved to San Antonio to play a short stint with local rockabilly band the Bop Kings, then made his way to Austin in 2005 playing for Wayne Hancock for a couple of years before going back to finish school. After a nearly 5 year tenure recording and touring with Austin favorite Leo Rondeau, Darrell left in late 2011 and joined Horse Opera the following year playing rhythm guitar, mandolin sharing songwriting and singing duties with founder Jimmy Deveney.


Rick “Hogbranch” Watson- Upright Bass/Harmony Vocals- Rick learned to play music by following his momma as she pumped out boogie-tinged gospel on the upright piano at Shiloh Church near his family’s farm along Hog Branch in rural Louisiana. Rick’s played bass on stages from rural bars to European tours to NYC theaters. Former gigs include Jesse Dayton, Hot Water, Leroy Justice, Elizabeth Gone, Picnic, and Wicked Brew Band. When not playing bass, Rick keeps busy as a writer, producer, and actor. His website is



Heather Rae Johnson- Fiddle/Vocals