JB Beverley, Wayne Hancock, & Emo’s in Austin (A review)
In 2004, a legendary underground punk band called The Murder Junkies made a whistle stop in Austin, TX at a venue called Emo’s. 10 years before, Emo’s was the last place Johnny Cash ever played in Austin, and they have the stool he used that night hanging from the ceiling to prove it. The year before that Cash performance, The Murder Junkies became the backing band for the most infamous man in rock n roll ever, Mr. GG Allin. GG died shortly after, and at the time of the Murder Junkies 2004 stop in Austin, filling in as frontman for GG was a man named JB Beverley. It was the first time The Murder Junkies had played Austin in 12 years. Check it out:
Fast forward to Sunday night, and the scene was much different. JB Beverly was now fronting The Wayward Drifters, a straightforward, old-school, real country band. There may not be a better example of how as Nashville has abandoned it’s roots and the true country sound, musicians with punk and metal backgrounds have risen up to embrace those sounds and traditions. JB is also a great songwriter, and writes some of the best anti-pop/Nashville songs this side of Dale Watson:
The crowd was thin that night since this was a pickup gig on a Sunday, and they didn’t start playing until 12:30, but it was star studded. In the crowd that night was none other than Wayne “The Train” Hancock and his wife Gina.
Wayne regaled me with some very funny stories. Emo’s has two stages and two separate rooms. One time Wayne was playing on the bigger stage, where Hank III plays when he comes to town, but all the people were in the smaller room, where JB was on Sunday. So Wayne dropped a handful of stink bombs in the smaller room. The people fled and he doubled his crowd instantly. After telling me that story, Wayne stuck his hand deep into his black leather aviator’s jacket like he was digging for a flask, and let fly the loudest arm fart I’ve ever heard. A lady walking by turned and blushed. You’d never guess it, but “The Train” is quite the prankster.
You just knew Wayne was going to have to make it on stage at some point, and when he did, he serenaded his wife Gina with a new song:
Along with JB, the Wayward Drifters were filled out with the great fill-in bass player Braxton Brandenburg, and one of the best superpickers in the scene, the peerless “Banjer” Dan Mazer. Banjo, dobro, or mandolin, you will struggle to find a more proficient player. He played with Bill Monroe folks, and when double time is called for on the banjo, he can made your head spin with the speed. My favorite song of the set was a new one JB wrote called “Mad River High.” It is kind of a new sound for him, and really sucks you in:
I give the night overall two guns up, and afterward, JB Beverley and the boys headed back to the Hancock Hacienda, where the music kept going:
Here’s another video of JB Beverly performing “Dead Flowers” and Banjer Dan showing off his skills.
December 15, 2010 @ 11:26 am
How cool is that last video from the house! Priceless stuff.
December 15, 2010 @ 11:41 am
With respect to all others out there, JB and the boys are right there at the top when it comes to my all time favorite. Great musicians and unbelievably great people. JB is a fantatstic songwriter and is as real as it gets. If this video doesnt show you the man’s heart and and heartache, then you may want to check your pulse..
December 15, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
That video has sold alot of people on Jb!!!!
December 15, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
I second that. Besides Hank III, J.B. Beverley & the Wayward Drifters were the first band in the scene I discovered. Still one of my very favorites! Nice review, I’d love to see these guys again.
December 15, 2010 @ 12:13 pm
Shoowee I didn’t know Banjer Dan played with Bill Monroe. Wow!!!!! Such talent. Thanks for sharing. I wondered what you all had up your sleeve when Gina said she was hangin out with you in Austin. 😉 What a sweetheart Wayne is for serenading his wife too. I have yet to meet J.B. and the Wayward Drifter’s but I’m sure my time’s a comin if they ever stop through KC!!!!
December 15, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
December 15, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
I was first introduced to Banjer Dan in some videos of him doing a few songs with the amazingly talented Rachel Brooke. Seeing him perform with The Train and JB is incredible.
Great videos as always!
December 15, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
Don’t know if this is the one you’re talking about, but this is one of my favorite Rachel Brooke / Banjer Dan videos. It was done by Misfit Radio who commented above:
December 16, 2010 @ 12:31 am
Damn Triggerman! GREAT link, aint no wonder yer luvsick for Rachael 😉
December 16, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
Yup, that is the exact video…and yes, It’s quite hard to not be lovesick for Rachel..haha!
December 15, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
seen these two play together in ’08. real nice guys and a helluva show. was JB with the murder junkies back in ’06(?) when they opened for Hank? i didnt know his music yet back then but in retrospect i’ve always thought it was. specifically i remember the straight to hell guitar playin devil tattoo bein freshly done.another great show that was.
December 15, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
I believe JB was with The Murder Junkies @ the ’06 shows… I saw The Wayward Drifters open for Hank 3 in ’05 @ Fat Tuesdays in Spokane, WA. Best show ever!
Thanks for the article Triggerman. These guys should be alot bigger in the underground seen than they are – they are the real deal.
December 15, 2010 @ 1:58 pm
The 06 tour was split with Jb fronting the band for half the tour and Jeff Clayton from Anti-seen for the other half if i’m not mistaken. I have had the pleasure of seeing Jb play on both fronts. The punk and the country. He is full of talent and one of the nicest guys you will meet!!
December 15, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
wow Mad River High can bring you to tears. J.B. and the WD have magic. Its’ sounds corny as hell but damn. They, to me, completely exemplify country music. Oh man- I can’t wait for a new album now. Any heads up for a release of any kind?
December 15, 2010 @ 5:54 pm
I’m diggin’ the Mad River High.
Great video blog Triggerman.
December 15, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
did not know about jb w/murder junkies….interesting for sure.
we’re going to see antiseen in january and lookin forward to it….
December 16, 2010 @ 12:37 am
Great post, “Mad River High” kinda puts me in mind of an Appalachian Neil Young, Great song. Gotta bunch kool links off this post, thanks!
December 16, 2010 @ 11:37 pm
Been lookin around Triggerman and I can’t find any cd’s of JB’s for sale. I saw your ” Search Amazon: ” site has 2 MP3’s for download, does he have anything on hard plastic or vinyl available to new found fans of kickass kuntry music?
December 17, 2010 @ 7:10 am
Contact JB directly for the albums.. you will love them I guarantee it.
December 17, 2010 @ 10:06 pm
Thanks Brother, I did that. ordered the vinyl and the cd through http://helltrainrecords.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3
December 16, 2010 @ 9:19 pm
Thanks for coming to the show and for the kind words! The support on both fronts is much appreciated! See you next time we come through. -JB
P.S. Toss us on to the “tags” column if you can!!!
December 16, 2010 @ 11:54 pm
Those tags are created from the people I talk the most about. The more I talk about them, the bigger the tag gets. So the only way I can ad you, is to talk more about you. I will get on that.
December 17, 2010 @ 1:37 am
(buy) all means…Gitter done !:) just ordered both below mentioned albums through J.B.s link….woooohoo! NOW WERE KICKIN’!
December 20, 2010 @ 2:18 pm
Much appreciated. See you down the line. 🙂
December 21, 2010 @ 1:37 am
There’s a big HELL YEAH! Hope to see ya at TOOTLES in Circleville, Ohio this coming year, or some other waterin hole in this neck o’ the woods! Like yer sound JB, lookin forward to catchin a LIVE show!
December 17, 2010 @ 12:55 am
I have the following two albums which J.B Beverley’s publicist sent me the links for –
 Dark Bar And A Jukebox
 Watch America Roll By
I was sent the links because I did a promo on J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters on my old deleted by blogger blog “Beast Of Bourbon’s Twangsville”.
If I get permission and only then, am willing to upload and post links here for a limited time.
December 17, 2010 @ 8:14 am
i have everything thats available on both these cats !! it gets no better or pure than the music they make ..much respect
December 19, 2010 @ 4:44 pm
I can’t wait until my computer’s fixed and I can watch all those videos, repeatedly!
December 22, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
My respects JB Beverly. I just cracked open It’s All Been Said . . . yes I am the world’s worst procrastinator . . . It’s a piece of a gem . . .
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