Dan Sullivan and Chris Hillier met in the most unlikely of places... a middle school men's room. [Insert your punch line here] They were both first year school teachers in Round Rock, TX. Dan was originally from Missouri and Chris from Nebraska. They quickly realized they knew some of the same folks from the Lincoln, Omaha and Kansas City music scenes. The Detentions were born and they played their first official gig for a faculty Christmas party. Nearly a decade later, The Detentions have been helping folks "retire one weekend at a time" playing their blend of country/folk/americana they call Rockamole.
Growing up in the midwest, Dan and Chris had a broad range of musical influences such as Kiss, The Police, and The Beatles to Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and John Mellencamp. After moving to Austin they became inspired by the likes of local songwriters such as Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry, Jerry Jeff Walker and Walt Wilkins. The Detentions began writing songs from their personal experiences playing in central Texas and the gulf coast region. As an acoustic duo, The Detentions rely on bold truthful lyrics, memorable melodies and air tight harmonies to move their listeners. Their first album, Rockamole, was released in 2010 and included fan favorites "Paper Bag Coozie", "Salty Dog," and "Whatcha Gonnna Do Boy?" The Austin Songwriters Group nominated "Salty Dog" for best country song of 2012.
The Detentions performed as a Regional Finalist at the 2012 Kerrville Folk Festival for their songs, "Smoke and Beers" and "If This Guitar." They've also opened for Texas legend, Joe Ely and most recently for Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter and five-time CMA musician of the year, Mac McAnally. This year, The Austin Songwriters Group nominated "Smoke and Beers" and "Where I Wanna Be" for best country song of 2013. Both of those songs can be found on their highly anticipated self-titled second album, The Detentions, which was released November 2013.
The Detentions was recorded and produced by one of Austin's finest, Ron Flynt, at Jumping Dog Studios in Austin, Texas. Rich Brotherton [Robert Earl Keen Band] and Sweet Basil McJagger [The Derailers] also make guest appearances on the album. The Detentions captures the duo's live show energy and feels as comfortable as a hill country happy hour. Rockamole indeed!
Make plans now to catch The Detentions this summer on their 2014 "Blue Suitcase" Tour.