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The Lonesome Heroes / Bio

The Lonesome Heroes debut full length Daydream Western has been nominated by The Independent Music Awards for album of the year for 2011. Described by Austin NPR affiliate KUT 90.5 FM as: "Western Americana, a cross-pollination of rock, folk and country with psych and indie pop – influences from their Texas and Brooklyn backgrounds. It’s the soundscape that occurs when indie rock and country artfully cross paths.". Inclusive in sound, the Lonesome Heroes are as comfortable in the West Texas desert as the sandy shores of California. Pigeonholed as Alt Country for too long, Daydream Western represents a maturation of their sound into a highway revelry that crosses state lines and blurs genres seamlessly.

The core of the band consists of the shared songwriting and vision of Austin based couple Landry McMeans (vocals/dobro) and Rich Russell (vocals/guitar.) 27 states, four years of national touring, and two critically acclaimed EPs finally brought the Lonesome Heroes to the studio under the production guidance of Austin steel guitar legend, Gary Newcomb (Li'l Cap'n Travis, Richard Buckner, Stone River Boys, Bill Callahan.) Mastered by recent Grammy award winner Brian Lucey at Magic Garden (Black Keys, the Shins,) Daydream Western, will have an official national press and radio push in March after an action packed SXSW for the Heroes with 10 show in 6 days.


Rich Russell: Vocals, Guitar, & Steel.

Landry McMeans: Vocals, Lap Steel, Dobro, Guitar.


Jeff Johnston: Electric Bass & Saw.

Jim DeGregorio: Upright/Electric Bass

Bill Doughty: Drums

Chris Clonts: Electric Guitar, Bells, Harmony Vocals.

Chuck Fleming: Drums.

Sarah Stollak: Fiddle

Kullen Fuchs: Trumpet, Vibraphone, Keys, Accordion.


The Lonesome Heroes played 200+ shows in 2011.

Playing listening rooms as a two or three piece, and large clubs and festivals as a five piece.

From emerging Indie Rock to established Country acts, The Heroes have shared the stage with a wide variety of acts including:

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Black Joe Lewis

Johnny Bush

Deer Tick

Jonathan Richman

Wayne "The Train" Hancock,

These United States

Gregory Alan Isakov

The California Honey Drops.


Booking: Original Artist Agency

Cris Cunningham: originalartistagency@gmail.com


Band: (303) 726 9406



General Info

Band Members
Rich Russell, Landry Mcmeans, Jeff Johnston, Bill Doughty, Chris CLonts
Artist Name
The Lonesome Heroes
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / Indie / Americana

Contact Info

Austin, TX

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