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"The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer." - Lyle Lovett
Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. He attended Berklee School of Music where he was awarded the school's top honor -The String Achievement Award. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for string virtuosity and has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band, Toni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band The Waybacks (featured on NPR) who accompanied former Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir and as violinist for world-renowned recording artists, The BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.
"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear." -Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle
The Warren Hood Band features Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and singer and pianist, Emily Gimble. Gimble is the granddaughter of Grammy Award winning fiddler -Johnny Gimble, who was a member of the original Texas Playboys. Emily has also gained notoriety for her role as lead singer and pianist of the Marshall Ford Swing Band. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Bobby Bare and Willie Nelson.
"Emily Gimble ... sings with an amazing, free, effortless style. She sounds a little bit like Norah Jones and Billie Holliday, but it as not as mannered or stuffy as other female singers ... What I like about Emily is that she is totally unaffected, and the music just pours out of her, like it floats up out of her body, like an essential part of her." - Elana James.
The self-titled debut album, The Warren Hood Band, was brilliantly produced by Charlie Sexton and 9 of the 11 songs were written/co-written by Warren, including the album's single "Alright" and the rockin', soulful "Where Have You Gone", phenomenally sung by Emily Gimble.
This spring and summer The Warren Hood Band will be performing across the US with Hayes Carll at sold out shows from the City Winery in Chicago and NYC, to the Birchmere and Johnny D's. The band will also be headlining slots at Kerrville Folk Festival, Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Fest, The Americana Music Festival in Chicago and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.