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Old Bridge Rhythm Band uses harmony, melody, simple percussion with strong syncopated rhythms to takes audiences on a tour of myth and legend, of the Snake Oil Salesmen, the Carpet Bagger, the Carnie, the Revival, The Old West and Old Ways. A tour of old music, of traditional Americana.
Combining songs and sounds from the East Texas Pines to the swing of the hill country and west. From the sultry French Quarter and the Mississippi delta to the pep of the Ozark Hills. OBRB has and olde timey Americana sound that has graced stages at Revolution Cafe and Bar(Bryan, TX), The Corner Pub(Conroe TX), Pine Creek Lodge (Nacogdoches, TX) The Logon Cafe (Beaumont, TX), Enochs Irish Pub( Monroe LA), The Cathouse (Eureka Springs, AR) Muddy Waters (Dallas, TX), International Musical Saw Festival (Queens NY), and Sleepy Bear Dunes (Empire MI).
A little about the players:
*January 9 2008 issue of "Spotlight on Entertainment" (Cover Story)
*July 2008 Issue of "Texas Highways" (Photo and Mention)
*December 2008 Issue of "Texas Live" (Photo)
* 2013-14 State Artist (Musician) Nominee
Puente celebrated his 21 year anniversary as a professional musician May 2013. He began playing the mountain dulcimer at age 7, picked up the bass three years later and guitar by 15 with his first stage performance at age 17. As a high school student in Navasota, Chris played in a rock band at bars in College Station, TX. He relocated to Austin in 1999 and performed throughout central Texas until 2003. Chris became a wandering man, playing and traveling non-stop until near tragic events in 2006.
In the spring of 2006 Chris' legs and arms involuntarily curled up while driving. Three weeks later, doctors removed half of a 5cm tumor from Chris' brain. It was too dangerous to remove the rest. Recovery was intense. He had little control over his right arm, trouble speaking and severe memory loss. Resolved, Chris began practicing guitar for hours a day. Slowly, he regained the ability to play and relearned his songs. Unable to easily walk, talk, or drive himself, but determined, Chris returned to the road and performing by the end of the very same year. Chris hasn't stopped since. His performances revitalized and inspired.
Erin Marie Kost:
It's no wonder that Erin is the top notch entertainer she is, having been born and raised in the "Renaissance Festival" Community. Full of natural talent, honed by a devotional dedication, and a love for the art of melody, Erin was on the road by the age of 19 performing professionally across the country.
Erin's talents have graced stages for Democracy Now's Amy Goodman on her book tour, at the Palm Springs Rodeo, with Austin's Parks and Rec Dep, and she has been a regular talent at the Sleeping Bear Music Festival/ Dunegrass in Northern Michigan and Muddy Water's in Dallas, has performed in New Orleans, Memphis, and Eureka Springs. Erin is a featured artist at the international Musical Saw Festival in Queens NY.
Lena Wieland is a ninja on stringed instruments. She has honed her skills with strict devotion and dedication and is a master of the strings. She is a student of early music as well as a performer with Punk, Renaissance, and Old Timey bands.