As a virtuoso bassist and composer, Chris Maresh began his professional music career in Austin, Texas in 1984 after receiving a BM in Applied Double Bass Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Performance from the University of Texas in Austin. Over the past 30 years, Chris has performed on more than 200 albums. A major career breakthrough was his 10 years association with guitar legend Eric Johnson and his side project Alien Love Child where his composition “Rain” was nominated at the 44th Grammy® Award’s for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 2002.
He has released two solo albums of original compositions, “Tomorrow“ and “Side Street“. Over the years Chris has performed and recorded with artists and organizations including the Austin Symphony, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Pinetop Perkins, Mitch Watkins, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Michael McDonald, Monte Montgomery, Ferenc Illenyi, Kellye Gray, Ellis Marsalis, just to name a few. In 2002, 2005 and 2006 Chris was named “Bass Player of the Year” at the Austin Chronicle Music Awards at the SXSW Music Festival. He has appeared on Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” Festival DVD and Eric Johnson’s, “Live at the Grove“ DVD. Recordings for movie soundtracks include Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 2 and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Nora Ephron’s Michael, Mark Illsley’s Happy Texas, and Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors.
Darin was born in Buffalo, NY, on March 5, 1972. His family moved to the New England area shortly thereafter. Before he turned five years old, he was playing the family piano, and considered by all who saw him to be a prodigy. But he didn’t stop at the piano. Still a child, he turned to the cello, and began playing it at venues throughout New England. At nine years old, he shifted to the saxophone, and began playing regularly in clubs in Boston, MA. Darin’s earliest musical influences were Chopin, Monk, Stan Getz, Kiss, The Cars, and Coleman Hawkins. He studied the saxophone with fervor for three years.
Darin’s music has been widely featured on film, television and radio. His music was featured most recently in the live episode of Public Radio International’s syndicated “This American Life’’ with Ira Glass, on the radio program, “Echoes,” with John Dilberto, on “Horizontes,” with Michael Crockett, and on the television series “American Made” on CNBC. Darin’s music is used in music production for numerous film projects and festivals. He is bandleader for his projects Left of Sunday Afternoon, The Darin Layne Trio, Gel, Darin Layne and David Pulkingham, and The Crying Monkeys. He has worked for and played/ recorded with Paul Barker (Ministry), Moby, Donovan, Frank Mantooth, Ray Brown, Lisa Zane, Chrysta Bell, and David Lynch. He performs locally as a solo guitarist and with David Pulkingham, The Crying Monkeys, Chris Maresh, the hip-hop band Riders Against the Storm, Jeff Lofton and many others.
Kyle Thompson, a native Texan, has been playing drums in the Austin area and beyond for almost 20 years. His musical range is extremely diverse and he can be seen playing jazz gigs, backing singer-songwriters, and rocking out. As Duke Ellington said,
“There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”
Kyle focuses on good music and can currently be seen sharing the stage with the Dupree Organ Trio, Suzanna Choffel, Tacks the Boy Disaster, Drew Smith, Charanga Cakewalk, and countless others.
Additional artists Kyle has had the privilege of playing with:
Ravi Coltrane, Eric Johnson, Jimmie Vaughn, Pat Green, David Garza, Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp), Dr. James Polk (Ray Charles), Eric Reevis (Branford Marsalis), Al Grey (Count Basie), Janek Gwizdala (Mike Stern), Stephen Barber, Greg Piccolo (Roomful of Blues), Jake Langley (Joey DeFrancesco), Eric Reevis (Branford Marsalis), Mike Flanigan (Billie Gibbons), Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Bonnie Rait), Ephraim Owens (Mumford & Sons), Eddy Hobizal (Christopher Cross), Denny Freeman (Bob Dylan), David Hamburger (Joan Baez), Andy Langham (Poncho Sanchez), Andre Hayward (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Kat Edmonson, Derek O’Brien, Elias Haslinger, Bruce Saunders, Kellye Gray, Stan Killian, David Rice & Jake Owen.