Francisco Mirabent Bio:
Northeastern Texas has long been considered a melting pot of musical influence--Cajun, blues, ragtime, jazz, Texas swing, and zydeco are all examples of this regions ability to blend culture & music. Francisco Mirabent of Linden Texas (Linden hailing itself as "Music City USA" and proud hometown of Scott Joplin, T-Bone Walker, and the Eagle's Don Henley) was raised in the heart of this musical landscape--playing his guitar at jam sessions with musicians that directly reflected the best of this region's style.
He has played venues throughout the south--Memphis, Texarkana, Dallas, and Shreveport--and is currently working on several projects, including the Rodney Whatley Band with Jena Walker.
His playing has been compared to Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughn--but his technique is much more diverse. Utilizing slide and varied effects, Francisco bridges the gap of many different world styles and influences in his unique approach to guitar playing.
Matt Sayles Bio:
After three years and 300 plus shows, Matt Sayles (co-founder and front -man of the upper-peninsula of Michigan band “Frostbitten Grass”) migrated to the High Deserts of Central Oregon & California. While in Oregon, Sayles met up and toured nationally from 2005-2006 with Texas progressive blues guitarist Francisco Mirabent, and has spent 2006-2009 in Michigan & Lassen County California touring regionally and working on his latest album “Wilson’s Hotel.”
"Wilson's Hotel" features Sayles exploring a multitude of new instruments and thematic material that reflect his western travels & and Michigan heritage. The album is entirely self-produced (mixed & mastered) with Sayles playing every instrument on all of the tracks with the exception of his sister (Melissa Risk) playing up-right piano on two instrumental duets.
Sayles has recently located to Ventura, CA. and is already working on his next album, slated for release in 2010.