About Texas Northside Kings
Eve Monsees likes to be able to walk into the gig carrying her green Epiphone Riviera in one hand and her 50’s Silvertone Twin Twelve amp in the other. She got her first guitar from her parents at the age of 12, and Brian Curley gave her a couple of lessons. Growing up in Austin seeing Derek O’Brian at Antone’s Blue Mondays and listening to Johnny Guitar Watson and Hound Dog Taylor records is how she got her inspiration. Her own band, Eve and the Exiles, has a couple of self-produced CDs out at eveandtheexiles.com.
Mike Keller digs on a 50’s Fender Telecaster with a Fender black face Super 4x10’s. Music has been a part of his family for generations. His Dad showed Mike and his brother, Corey, how to play a few chords on their Mom’s guitar, which Mike played until his Dad gave him his first guitar. Mike liked listening to Kenny Burrell and T-Bone Walker records, and loved the live music scene in Austin where he would see Derek O’Brian, Jimmy Vaughan and Johnny Moeller. The Keller brothers recorded one CD and both brothers now play in Marcia Ball’s band.
Johnny Moeller plays an 80’s Fender Stratocaster guitar that he bought when he was 16. His guitar looks like it has been drug behind his car for a week and has as much backfire as a 57 Ford. His second guitar is a 70’s Japanese Epiphone Crestwood, and he uses a Fender Vibrolux Reverb amp. As a kid, Johnny always knew he wanted to play guitar, and at the age of 14 his Dad got him a Kay guitar that looked like a Les Paul, Jr. Johnny was self taught and learned his blues by playing along with Freddie King and Guitar Slim records. One of his first bands was with his brother, Jason, in the “Moeller Brothers.” They recorded a couple of records for the Dallas Blues Society. Johnny has recorded a lot since then, including 6 CDs with Daryl Nulisch. “It’s great to be in Austin. What other town can you hang out and see artists like Willie Sampson and Nick Curran on a Tuesday night?”
Nick Curran plays on a sparkling black reissue 80’s Gretsch Duo Jet guitar and Vero amp with 4x10’s. These recordings are blues, but Nick jumps with 50’s style rockabilly. His first band was with his Dad in Mike Curran and the Tremors, but soon he was off to Texas touring with Ronnie Dawson and Kim Lenz. After moving to Texas, he started getting into the blues music of T-Bone Walker, Little Richard, and Guitar Slim. Nick released a couple of solo recordings before getting with Blind Pig Records, where he won the W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist Debut. Soon he found himself playing and recording with Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. When Nick is not out touring with the Thunderbirds, you can find him playing or hanging with the Northside Kings. Nick Curran appears courtesy of Blind Pig Records.
Seth Walker’s guitar of choice is a 52 Gibson ES 150 with two P-90 pickups going through a 59 Fender Tweed Bassman with 4x10’s. Seth has a sweet touch like T-Bone meets Charles Brown. He grew up playing cello. His parents play and teach classical music. In college he took the money he made from selling his books and bought his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster. With the help of his Dad, he started playing along with some of the blues records his uncle would send him. He was inspired by musicians such as B.B. King, T-Bone, and Rev. Gary Davis, and studied the vocal stylings of Louis Jordan and Ray Charles. “Austin is great for learning music. I grew up to live local and touring acts like Derek O’Brian, Jimmy Vaughan, Duke Robillard, and Jr. Watson.”
Shawn Pittman plays through a 60’s Fender Relic Stratocaster with two Rio Grande pickups. His amp of choice is a 58 Magnatone with 2x12’s. His Dad gave him his first guitar for Christmas, and his Granddad showed him how to play chords along to Chuck Berry songs. Shawn liked listening to Buddy Holly and Jimmy Reed, but really got turned on to the blues with the tapes Hash Brown would give him. The way he attacks his guitar came from listening to and watching U.P. Wilson, Mike Morgan and Anson Funderburgh play live. Shawn played with Susan Tedeschi in the early years and has a couple of CDs out on the Cannon Ball label.