Horse Opera. Real country music. Raw, emotion driven songs covering the gamut from Saturday nite in the honky-tonk, to Sunday morn’ at the altar. Songs for the workin’ man, the drifter, the drinker, the sinner, the saved, the lonely, the lover, the fool and the wise man. Calling on the influence of ‘50’s and ‘60’s country music, bluegrass, and hillbilly, and a touch of the ‘70’s Outlaw edge, Horse Opera has crafted a sound all their own, planted firmly in the traditions of classic country music.
The band toured all over the US in 2010 and 2011 to support the release of their first studio album, “Sounds of the Desert”, and even went to France to play the Mirande Festival of Country Music. Horse Opera is now hard at work on a new studio album, and will hit the road when it is released. Catch them all over Texas in the mean time.
Jimmy Deveney/Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter: A New Mexico native, Jimmy spent many years in New Mexico playing in cow-punk, rockabilly and country bands. Jimmy moved to Austin Tx in 2002, and after several gigs with other bands, he formed Horse Opera in 2006. His music has been featured in the films “the faithful and the foul’, and the 2009 horror release, ‘flicker’. www.eggmurders.com. Jimmy’s songwriting is the core of the band’s sound. traditional arrangements with lyrics that explore the common aspects of the human condition. He learned pop sensibility from Elvis Costello and The Beatles, high and lonesome from Hank Sr., low and blue from Waylon and Cash.
Chris ‘Howdy’ Darrell/ Acoustic Guitar, mandolin, Vocals, Songwriter: For the better part of the last 10 years, you may have seen Howdy Darrell playing upright bass for acts such as Wayne ‘the train’ Hancock, Leo Rondeau, and the Doolins. Howdy has joined Horse Opera to play acoustic guitar, mandolin, and share the singing duties with Jimmy. Howdy will be singing some new original songs, and adding harmonies to the mix as well. An exciting new era in Horse Opera history.
Chris Wallis-Drums: Chris was the original drummer for Horse Opera from 2006 to 2008, after some time away, he has come home to the fold. Chris has been playing in the Austin country and blues scenes for many years, we are glad to have him back!
Horse Opera’s Honky Tonk sound is rounded out by a stable of hot lead players. The band is often joined by Heather Rae Johnson, (of JWW and the Prospectors), on the fiddle