The Staylyns

Austin, TX
Americana / Blues Rock / Southern Rock
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Yes, we all have some - some of us less than others, or in my case, much more than others. For those that don't know me personally, I grew up in a large family in Utah. There were eight kids, so with two parents, I was in a family of 10!?!


Recently, I have been able to catch up with some family members as they have visited this summer. My parents have been teaching English in China for the last four years, and during their break this summer, they came to visit their three Texas boys, my two brothers and I. They have since started traveling the world again and are currently in Finland, a stone’s throw from Russia. Apparently they are not afraid of Communists. While they were in town, I was able to catch up with my brother Stoner Ericson, of which I don't see enough these days. My brother Josh had his two kids come visit from Utah last week, and I carved out a Saturday to have my nephews over to the house to watch the "Back to The Future" Trilogy.


The reason I'm sharing my summer of family with y'all is that reflecting on the time I was able to spend with them, I recognized a circle that contributes to my music. My Dad, my favorite Dad ever, taught me my first guitar chord on his guitar when I was 11 years old. I played bass & guitar with my two brothers, Josh and Stoner, for 20 years on our quest to become the next Beatles. And this last Saturday, while watching Marty McFly jam the hell outta Johnny B. Goode in "Back to the Future," my 11-year-old nephew Denny asked if I could teach him a thing or two on my wife’s new ukulele. It was a blast teaching him a chord and him jammin' on it. The circle of life is unique for all of us, and I'm so pleased to see that music is coursing through generations of my family’s veins!


The Staylyns' hot summer is getting a bit more open this year. We continue to play our monthly residencies at Junior's and Little Woodrow’s, except this month LW's will host us tomorrow night, Saturday, June 20, because tonight they are having Charlie Robinson perform. Next week we are traveling back out to Galveston to play The Pleasure Pier on Thursday evening. It's gonna be hot, so those of you on the Gulf Coast, dress cool and come get your dance on with us!


On one last note, I'd like to extend a special thank you to everyone receiving this e-newsletter. If you're receiving this, it's because you agreed to come with us over to our new e-blast platform, and we can't thank you enough for your continued support. Our fans are everything, and we're so glad to share our journey with you!


Johnny Austin of The Staylyns! 



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"Johnny Austin is talking about music when he tells me that “sweat should be dripping on to your guitar” but he might as well be talking about the city whose name he took... He tells me this while standing beside a statue of the late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990. While other cities build tributes to politicians and statesmen, Austin gives centre stage to a guitarist most of the world doesn’t even know. I suddenly understand why: it’s not about popularity; the point is that the boy could play. Yet this town’s not really about musicians, Johnny says, “what makes Austin great is the fans”."  Aaron Millar, The London Times

"The Staylyns were included in the Texas Music Magazine's Winter 2014 Texas music sampler!"  Texas Music Magazine, Texas Music Magazine


Junior's Grill & Icehouse Round Rock, TX Fri Feb 06 2015 07:30 PM Tickets
Cafe' Mueller Austin, TX Sat Feb 21 2015 06:00 PM Tickets
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Galveston, TX Sat Feb 28 2015 04:00 PM Tickets
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