Artist Spotlight: Sons of Fathers

Sons of Fathers will perform at Ray Wylie Hubbard's Grit 'n Groove Festival on April 6, 2013 at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX. Click here for more details.

Some things were just meant to be.

Nearly three years ago David Beck and Paul Cauthen were up and coming singer/songwriters. Both frequently attended the school of Finlay (Cheatham Street Warehouse) where many rising and seasoned musicians have found a welcoming home for anybody with musical talent and/or a heart for songwriting. There may have been a bit of a competitive spirit between the two early on, but after discovering they had some musical chemistry and together made a good songwriting machine; they traveled with HalleyAnna Finlay to New York to sit in on some song swaps. It was here that the decision was made they needed to form a new band so there would be an outlet for the music they had been writing together.

In the spring of 2011 they spent three weeks at The Zone recording studio in Dripping Springs and let highly respected producer Lloyd Maines help the guys organize the material into an album that had a natural flow to it, and he put his magic touch on the project which has a history of taking something already very good and making it great. Aside from the time in the studio the band was traveling and playing gigs anywhere they could get them under the name Beck and Cauthen. They were starting to generate some buzz because of the strong songwriting and the unique sound they had with smooth harmonies and well thought out instrumentation. With a bit of name recognition and a first run of a thousand copies of the completed new album "Sons of Fathers" (by Beck and Cauthen, of which I happen to have a copy), they got a cease and desist letter from the artist Beck because of the confusion the name could cause. Of Beck's material; the song "Loser" floats to the top. Not wanting to cause too big of a stir, the guys complied with the order and ended up choosing the name of the band's new album "Sons of Fathers" so they could carry on. A second run of albums with the new name and a few changes to t-shirts, the website and social media and the band had a new name and a new energy to go take the world by storm and tour to promote and sell a new album.

Having never stopped writing songs while maintaining a busy touring schedule; it wasn't long before the guys were starting to think about putting together a second album. The first single the band decided to drop on the masses in the summer of 2012 through a free download from the website or through social media; was "Burning Days" under the proposed album title "Big Diamond Waltz". The band eventually took a big collection of songs back to their trusty friend Lloyd Maines who was able to again massage it into a singular, flowing piece of art. Names were kicked around for awhile such as "Roots and Vines" which was the second song released as a single and it was a possibility, but the band finally decided "Burning Days" was the most fitting title for the album.

"Burning Days" was a better fit than a lot of people know. Since the official release of freshman album "Sons of Fathers"; they have never slowed their touring and songwriting pace. When they weren't touring (which is expensive) they were writing songs and when they weren't writing songs they were touring. All this time on the road left the young band without a permanent residence, so they did the best they could when they were back home in Austin/San Marcos, but they were essentially homeless during this period. You have to travel to get your name and music out to the people. Traveling is expensive. You understand the vicious cycle!

The new album is scheduled to officially release on April 2nd which is just four days short of Ray Wylie Hubbard's Grit 'n Groove Festival at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX. Sons of Fathers is a well-deserved part of this highly distinguished line up. The band's now much higher name recognition and growing legion of fans have pulled them into a state where they can finally get profitable. That's good news for fans like me, because it means a band I've liked from the beginning and highly respect is finally going to be able to hit their stride and enjoy some of the success that they've earned. I'm quite certain they won't slow down though!

Here's some bonus material. These are videos I took of them the first time I saw them perform live opening for Robert Earl Keen in August of 2011 at Texas Music Theater. Amazing chemistry even then!

Sons of Fathers website
Sons of Fathers on Facebook
Sons of Fathers on Twitter

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