In 2009, the musically steeped and award-winning song writer Michael Armstrong moved to the small Texas town of Lake Jackson at the request of his old college friend Ben Holt, drummer for the internationally acclaimed band “7 Channels.” The plan was to hang up their music careers and assimilate into the secular business world.
But it wasn’t long before Brian Casey, high school music teacher, coveted bassist, and friend, introduced the duo to Mike Marshall, a young, local singer-songwriter with soul beyond his years and a voice to match. Marshall had given his homemade album, “Living Room Sessions” (one mic and one take in the tiny living room of his apartment), to Casey as a gift with no idea it would end up in the hands of Armstrong and Holt. Stunned at what they heard, the two requested a meeting with Marshall at a small taqueria in Clute. After a $3 dinner, the group grabbed their instruments and headed straight to their first rehearsal — The Poor Kings were born.
Their catchy melodies, moving lyrics, and pop musicality have earned them national notoriety in just their first year of existence. It seems like the business world will still have to share its time for a while.
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