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By the time Vaughan-Fullerton finally picked up a guitar, he was pushing 20 -- an amazing footnote to keep in mind when viewing his considerable command of his instrument. When he finally emerged from his bedroom with enough confidence to try what he'd learned at home on-stage, Dan Dyer was writing for and fronting the popular San Marcos band Rainshine; meanwhile, Dawkins and White were cutting their teeth in the blues rock outfit Third Power. Vaughan-Fullerton initially found a place playing guitar with Rainshine, but things in that band soon began to sour. More and more frequently, the close friends from both groups began assembling for loose jam sessions. Depending on whom you ask, the fun turned serious somewhere around late 1994 or early 1995, when Dyer, Vaughan-Fullerton, Dawkins and White decided that the vibe between them was too special to neglect. "No one expected it to happen," Dawkins says, "but it did."
After a casual debut for family and friends in the living room of Dawkins' San Marcos home, Breedlove took its show to San Marcos and Austin venues, picking up former Billy White keyboardist Reynolds along the way to fill out its sound. Lacking a demo or anything resembling publicity, Breedlove relied on their audiences to spread the word. Soon, the buzz was strong enough to reach more far-flung places such as College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas and Houston.
Still, although its ballooning popularity may not allow the band to drag its feet much longer, Breedlove is intent on taking things slow. And while the group says a CD or cassette is inevitable, the members claim that there are no immediate plans to record. Vaughan-Fullerton, however, did send his father a few homemade tapes.
What does Jimmie Vaughan think of Breedlove?
"He hasn't really gotten back to me yet," Vaughan-Fullerton says. "If he thought we were doing well, he'd probably think it was cool. But he's very particular in the music he listens to -- an old-fashioned straightforward roots kind of a guy. But he did tell me he went to a Public Enemy show not too long ago, and I was kind of freaked out by that. So maybe he's coming out of his shell."
As Breedlove continues fine-tuning its road show, primary songwriter Dyer, the band's self-appointed spiritual leader, true gypsy soul and adrenaline-charged nexus, both on-stage and off, is working with the rest of the group to build a strong set list of original material, which now stands at 25 songs. The most experienced songwriter of the group, Dyer -- who finally arrives, smiling and giddy, as the interview enters its closing minutes -- is credited with finding words and melodies to match the riffs and fragments often thrown out by the others.
"We're pretty much into writing what feels good to us. Whether it's rock and roll, jazzy, psychedelic or whatever, between all of us, I think we pretty much cover everything," says Reynolds, finishing up his barbecue as the rest of Breedlove prepares to head back to the Satellite.
"And hey, where do we pay for this stuff, anyway?"
Breedlove opens for Ugly Americans at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3616 Washington Avenue. Tickets are $6. For info, call 869-
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