Prodigal Players

In a show review posted

earlier this week

, one of the commenters mentions that Valient Thorr guitarist Warren Hatfield is a Houstonian. Which reminds me…

Over the years, you hear about a lot of nationally more-or-less prominent bands with Houstonian members. In addition to Hatfield and his Goldenaxe bandmate James Love (who has backed Dillinger Escape Plan on tour), there’s the Arcade Fire (brothers Win and Will Butler are from The Woodlands), Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, former …Trail of Dead bassist and “sound manipulator” Neil Busch, Bluerunners steel guitarist Will Golden, Son Volt guitarist Chris Masterson, and New York session drummer Matt Johnson, who has backed Jeff Buckley, Rikki Lee Jones, Suzanne Vega, and Rufus Wainwright.

And of course, half the bands in Austin have Houston-bred members. I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch more, from Austin and elsewhere…Please add them in the comments. – John Nova Lomax

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