The Lonesome Heroes might as well print “Cosmic American” on their passports. The Austin, TX based group may hail from the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but their sound suggests they originate from a parallel universe where the works of Gram Parsons, Beck, and Wilco propagate. Austin's KUTX describes them as “the soundscape that occurs when indie rock and country artfully cross paths.”
2015 was a busy year for the Heroes. They supported the release of their sophomore album with 100+ dates throughout the United States and a 20 date tour of Australia.
Released in January, Can’t Stand Still was declared “one of Austin's best discs of 2015” by the Austin Chronicle. Their single Steel was selected as a Top Tune Download of the Day by KCRW in Los Angeles and the band received radio play and praise in the press across the US, Europe, and Australia.
Can’t Stand Still was recorded in Austin at Z Sound Recording and at Jim Eno’s (Spoon) boutique studio Public Hi-Fi. The album was released in February by Washington State based WhatBang Records. 2016 finds the Heroes home in Austin working on material for a new record and and another busy summer and fall on the road.
Originally formed in 2006 by Brooklyn raised songwriter Rich Russell, The Lonesome Heroes have played over 1000 shows in 28 states. Their last album Daydream Western was nominated by a panel of judges including Tom Waits, Keith Richards, and Suzanne Vega and went on to win the 2012 Independent Music Awards Vox Pop award. ABC featured their single Something Reckless on the TV Series Nashville in 2013.
Some Press for The Lonesome Heroes:
“Many bands claim Gram Parsons and Big Star as influences, but few compare to such time-tested landmarks. The reconfigured Lonesome Heroes fill the bill by drawing as much from Seventies pop as they do from a potpourri of country rock. The ear-pleasing results make for one of Austin's best discs of 2015.”
The Austin Chronicle
"There’s a bounty of country-psych awesomeness from this Austin band. The Lonesome Heroes release Can’t Stand Still revels in that groovy cosmic American indie-pop vibe, speckled with dusky shades of golden FM road trip sounds."
Austin Music Minute, KUTX 98.9 FM
"Cosmic Austin-based based Lonesome Heroes’ album Can't Stand Still creeps under the skin, right into your bloodstream. Western Americana fans will delight”
KCRW 89.9 FM, Los Angeles