Jeff Plankenhorn | Plank

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by Jeff Plankenhorn

"Plank" is a stylistically diverse debut that showcases Jeff's warm vocal style and his outstanding songwriting.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Home Again
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2. Mr. Henry
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3. Mary Magdelen
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4. Not Be Lonely
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5. Teresa
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6. What You Need
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7. Lovesick Woman
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8. Go Now
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9. I'm so Low
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10. Blindfold
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11. Picture Cards
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12. Hurting You
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Album Notes
Jeff Plankenhorn (or "Plank" as he's known in austin music circles) was born in Ohio in the early 70's, where he began singing at an early age as a boy soprano in church, musical theatre productions, and various local youth choirs. He began playing guitar at the age of ten and quickly became proficient in a number of styles performing and recording through his high school years and college education in music at the University of Michigan. After becoming a major voice in the Ann Arbor, MI music scene with jazz, bluegrass, funk, hip-hop and other styles he then moved to Nashville, TN. There he studied and honed his skills as Dobro player learning from masters of the instrument, 'Uncle' Josh Graves and Gene Wooten. One mic band bluegrass was not enough though, and at the urging of his friend and mentor Ray Wylie Hubbard, he moved to the Texas 'hill country' and began playing alongside Ray. "It was the beginning of a wonderful education in the craft of songwriting," Jeff says. There he began seriously devoting his time to songwriting and performing/recording with such Austin hard-hitters as Willis Alan Ramsey, Ruthie Foster, Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Bruce Robison, Bettysoo, Susan Gibson, Gavin DeGraw, and many, many more. His multi-instrumentalist stylings and ability to vocally harmonize with ease gave him preferred status with Austin's best musician's. He has been called 'the swiss army knife' of sidemen and Emily Robison (of the Dixie Chicks) said of Jeff that he was 'a chameleon' of performing with anyone with ease on his many instruments. Jodi Denburg of austin radio said, "If there's a finer dobro or lap slide player in Austin, I don't know him."
Jeff put out his first solo album, self-effacingly titled "Plank" with Gurf Morlix producing in 2002, and has been playing his own gigs from Gruene Hall to Austin hot spots like the Saxon Pub ever since. He has had songs in a number of independent films, and recently joined the band "The Resentments" after the passing of another of his great mentors, Stephen Bruton. The Resentments plan to record later this year for the first time in this configuration. Jeff can now be seen regularly playing with his band, a rock/slide/soul band consisting of himself on vocals and lead guitar and lap slide, Austin Music Hall of Fame bass player Yoggie, Brannen Temple on drums, and Phil Redmond on keys and backing vocals. Last year Jeff recorded on 'An Evening With The Songs Of Stephen Bruton,' a tribute to the grammy winning Austin songwriting and guitar-slinging legend, with the soulful crooner Malford Milligan (Storyville, The Boneshakers) at the helm. Jeff has been said to have paid homage to his mentor with taste and great respect. "It was the most humbling gig (recording) I ever have had the pleasure of playing." Jeff continues to play lead guitar & background vocals for the Malford Milligan band, due to record this year. This year Jeff has also done tours with The Courtyard Hounds, a side project of Emily Robison and Marty McGuire of the Dixie Chicks, singing a duet every night on tour alongside Emily. He also has recorded with Joe Ely on his latest critically acclaimed cd, 'Satisfied At Last' and has helped Joe Tour and promote it from Texas to New York City. Be on the lookout for a live cd of Jeff's band and a solo cd of his more singer/songwriter material later this year and early into 2012.


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