The Mother Truckers are a kick-ass rock 'n' roll band from Austin, Texas! Their music is high-octane Americana, blending elements of Country and Blues with loud guitars, big choruses and powerhouse vocals. Their creative songwriting and high energy live performances lift you up to a place that’s somewhere between a honky-tonk and a mosh-pit! The core of the group is the singing songwriting team of Josh Zee and Teal Collins. Josh Zee (vocals/lead guitar) has recorded 2 major label records on th...
The Mother Truckers are a kick-ass rock 'n' roll band from Austin, Texas! Their music is high-octane Americana, blending elements of Country and Blues with loud guitars, big choruses and powerhouse vocals. Their creative songwriting and high energy live performances lift you up to a place that’s somewhere between a honky-tonk and a mosh-pit!
The core of the group is the singing songwriting team of Josh Zee and Teal Collins.
Josh Zee (vocals/lead guitar) has recorded 2 major label records on the SONY/Work label as the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Rock group "Protein". They toured extensively throughout the U.S. on "The Warped Tour" and also toured Europe and Japan as part of MTV Asia Summer Fest.
Teal Collins (vocals/ukulele/guitar) Teal's early introduction to music was through her dad, famous Jazz disc jockey Al, "Jazzbeaux" Collins. Teal has recorded sessions for Grammy award winning producers Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Stephen Bray (Madonna). Teal has also received Gold and Platinum albums for her work on Shanice (Motown records) and Third Eye Blind's album Blue.
Josh and Teal formed the Mother Truckers in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002 after meeting at a local open mic night. The Band recorded several self-released albums including fan favorite "Something Worth Dying for".
In 2005, Josh and Teal moved their music to Texas, and set up shop in Austin, “The Live Music Capitol of the World”. There, they met local music scene veterans, Danny G (Bass) and Pete The Beat (Drums) who form The Mother Truckers powerhouse rhythm section. The band got a residency at the legendary Continental Club and quickly started drawing a large number of fans to their shows.
In 2007 they recorded their album "Broke, Not Broken" (Funzalo Records) at Ray Benson’s Bismeaux Studios in South Austin. The album was met with critical acclaim and received airplay nationwide. The Austin American Statesman's Michael Corcoran placed the album on his top 10 list of the year as did the Village Voice's Chuck Eddy. At SXSW The Austin Music Awards named The Mother Truckers "Best Roots Rock Band Of The Year".
In 2008, The Mother Truckers released “Let’s All Go To Bed” (Funzalo Records) which was responded to immediately by the fans, the press, and multiple XM/Sirius satellite stations, Including “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” where the Truckers’ single “Streets of Atlanta” was picked as one of the “Coolest Songs in The World” . They also had many TV and film placements including HBO’s “True Blood” Series, feature film “Touching Home” with Ed Harris, and feature film “Wake” with Jane Seymour.
Now, in 2010, the band has a brand-new album “Van Tour”. An instant classic of in-your-face, touring band, rock and roll imagination! Once again, Michael Corcoran from The Austin American Statesman has responded with high praise~ “... The Mother Truckers have penned an instant pop classic with ‘Keep It Simple’ from their new ‘Van Tour’ CD. The Tune, featuring Teal Collins’ sensational soaring vocals, has a nostalgic top 40 radio feel. Zee and Collins are probably the most talented guitarist/vocals tandem in Austin”.
The Mother Truckers will continue their “Van Tour” this Summer in the U.S., with a European tour in September!
Provenance: Austin, Texas
Latest Release: Van Tour (2010)
The band was voted "Best Roots Rock Band" at the SXSW 2007 Austin Music Awards. The band was in the Top Ten in five other categories including: Band of the Year, Best New Band, Best Country Band, Best Electric Guitarist, and Best Female Vocals.
Also, The Austin American Statesman's Michael Corcoran listed the bands CD "Broke, Not Broken" in the TOP 10 local albums list. In KGSR's annual list of top 107 albums, the CD "Broke, Not Broken" was listed as #57! Last, in his personal selections, The Austin Chronicle's Chris Gray also named The Mother Truckers "Best Roots Rock Group".
With fans like Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, The Mother Truckers have built a huge following evidenced by a weekly residence at the Continental Club, a spot at Willie's 4th of July picnic, an official SXSW date, an upcoming show at the High Sierra Music Festival, and numerous shows at all the big festivals and hot spots in the Austin area.
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