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Colton Cerny is an emerging young talent, poised and ready to unleash his passion on the Austin music scene and beyond. Heavily influenced by old-time rock and roll, Cerny’s debut album, Hoax Over Sleepytown, is also infused with traces of folk, a little R&B, and a plenty of soul. Hoax Over Sleepytown effectively harnesses an eclectic mish-mash of style, delivering a potent cocktail of intensity and rhythm along with engaging lyrics.
Born in Texas, but raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when nine year old Colton discovered The Beatles he knew then he would never be content as a mere listener, “It became very clear my life was going to be about making music not just enjoying it”. Picking up the guitar at age thirteen he started writing poetry and found his voice. Colton’s inspiration comes from the joys and sorrows of the human experience and a desire to tell stories through his songs. His musical influences cross genres and span the decades: to name a few — Phil Spector, The Animals, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Rodriguez, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Seger and James Brown.
After high school, Cerny returned to Texas to pursue his dream. For a year he played gigs around Austin. In addition to solo shows, he would occasionally play alongside his friends’ bands during their sets. He then turned towards making his first album, and devoted all of his resources to the creation and execution of Hoax Over Sleepytown which was released in the summer of 2013.