In mid 2011, all the members of Bullseye Betty met through friends. Dillon Mathews and Levi Little had already known each other and often had guitar jams. Dillon had a small collection of original music with lyrics and music already put together. And when Hunter and Hayden McGowan, brothers, met them, Dillon and Levi were recording one of the pieces Dillon had written, “Paper Slaves”. A similar musical sense was noticed and a jam session with everyone was planned.
A few days later, Hayden brought his viola and Hunter, a guitarist originally, began trying out his hand out with Bass in the jam sessions. Everyone played beautifully together and jam sessions became a regular thing with others in the mix. In the beginning, it was purely for fun. The guys enjoyed making music together and Mathew’s collection of material gained specific arrangements through the ensemble’s collaboration and new material was composed as the group continued regularly playing together.
After several months of these “jam” style sessions, the group slowly reduced to just Mathews, Little, and the McGowans. Now a quartet, a new, completely acoustic sound was spawned and the arrangements took on an even more refined and planned life. Collectively, everyone wanted to take the music to a higher level and become a serious performing ensemble. The name of the group was decided as Bullseye Betty and plans formed to becoming a working band that performs in the fashion as a chamber ensemble.
A seven song recording was made. It included some of their best original material and one cover of Rev. Gary Davis’ “Cocaine Blues”. Next, the group wanted to travel throughout several states to gauge what reception their music would have with people. Daily rehearsals happened and a van was bought. After a couple months of the preparation needed to travel for the summer, the group was ready.
In June 2012, Bullseye Betty set out. The group busked in many cities from Nashville to D.C. Along the way, Bullseye met unique people and played several shows. From people they met busking, to their audiences at shows, to fellow musicians and professionals in the entertainment industry, Bullseye Betty’s music found a wonderful reception among audiences of all ages and walks of life.
Their music has been featured on WDVX Knoxville’s radio station, where they also were interviewed and performed live on Wayne Bledsoe’s “All Across the Road” radio show in Knoxville, TN. Several of the tracks from their EP is played often on the radio station I105 in Knoxville, as well. They were also featured on the Writer’s Block, a radio program based in Knoxville that profiles emerging and already established performers of original material.