Progress lays beautiful, sophisticated melody and harmony over visceral grooves and beats from funk, soul, world, and electronic dance music. Combining the experience of five of the most in-demand touring and session musicians from the vibrant Texas music scene, Progress has quickly built a reputation for being one of the most skilled, tight, and captivating live bands in Austin, and has garnered praise from producers and musicians throughout the state. After just over a year of playing dynamic live shows to enthusiastic audiences, the band is eagerly anticipating the release of its debut recording, which will be available February 2013.
"Progress is a group of some of the best musicians in Austin that, despite each member's individual talents, somehow manages to sound like a real band. When you see Progress live, you can truly feel that you're seeing serious musicians realizing one concept and creating one sound together," says songwriter and producer Matt Ragland.
As respected Austin musicians, the members of Progress continue to perform with national acts like Snarky Puppy, Malford Milligan, and Nelo, among a multitude of other projects and collaborations. Saxophonist, keyboardist, and producer Brian Donohoe began performing regularly with guitarists Matt Muehling and Carter Arrington soon after moving to Austin from Dallas in 2009, and within two years the trio had found their ideal rhythm section in the form of bassist Nick Clark and drummer Daniel Watson. Paul Deemer soon started sitting in on trombone, and has regularly contributed his considerable talents since then.
With their shared love of soul, jazz, and rock music, the musicians quickly found a common desire to create captivating, innovative, fresh music built on the foundations of their heroes like Herbie Hancock, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder, and, notably, Dallas funk and gospel legend Bobby Sparks. When they aren't bonding over video games and general silliness, Progress passionately fleshes out original compositions to constantly bring new, exciting, soulful music to Austin and beyond.