Playing up-beat Americana, Light Horse Harry has elements of classic rock, bluegrass and punk that sneak into their sound, yet Americana just seems a little too simple of a word. The music takes more risks than Americana, and those risks pay off.
Light Horse Harry has been serving Texas its genre-blending Americana sound since 2011, performing alongside and opening for acts such as The Wood Brothers, Andrew W.K, Jason Bolland, The Derailers, Them Damn Quails, Jackie Venson, Texas KGB, and Zac Wilkerson. With a range of influences from the melodic swing of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, to extended jam breaks reminiscent of The Grateful Dead, the four piece band blends country, rock, and pop into a raw take on American roots music.
Their home-recorded debut album dropped in summer of 2012 while three of the current members (Zach Youpa, Drew Scherger, Gus Miller) were attending high school in Dallas. After moving to Austin in 2013 to attend The University of Texas, they met drummer Shane (Flash) Gordon. The following summer the group released another self produced, four-song EP titled "Busted In Brownsville." After this release, they soon secured their first residency at BD Riley's Irish Pub in downtown Austin and began performing up to four nights a week at bars, clubs, and parties around Austin, helping to solidify their live sound.
Nearing graduation from UT the band released their first studio album, "San Pedro" in December of 2016. The release of San Pedro was received well, and Light Horse Harry was named Artist of the Month by Austin Music Foundation, featured on Balcony TV and KUTX 98.9 Song of the Day, and performed at Kerrville Folk Festival, among other things. The band currently performs around Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, with plans of touring in Spring of 2019
Drew Scherger - Bass, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Gus Miller - Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals
Zach Youpa - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Shane Gordon - Drums, Vocals
Photography: Graeme Hamilton