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Asylum Street Spankers

April 2, 2010

The magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers began in 1994 during a booze and hallucinogen-fueled party at the Dabbs Hotel in Llano, Texas. There Christina Marrs met Wammo. During a night spent singing and playing along the banks of the Llano River they discovered a shared love for early 20th-century music. Upon returning to Austin they gathered a few like-minded pals and began playing free shows at clubs and busking around town.

Within a year they conquered Austin, playing three SRO weekly residencies, including the city’s first Gospel Brunch. In 1997 the band began venturing out into the wider world. Since then, Christina and Wammo have pushed their ever-evolving troupe from country blues revivalism toward original compositions, new works for the stage and sociopolitical commentary.

Regular touring throughout Europe, Japan and the states has established the Asylum Street Spankers as an underground institution, widely considered one of the best live acts working today. Their discography includes ten albums, including, What? And Give Up Show Biz?, a two- disk live document of the group’s two-week stand at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre, and Mommy Says No!, one of the most honored family oriented releases of 2007.

The Spankers are generally available for concerts in North America, Europe and Japan. Available shows include: a club and theater concert for mature audiences, a “kids concert” for general audiences, a festival set for general audiences, and their stage production, “What? And Give Up Show Biz?” for mature audiences.

This performance was co-sponsored with Mountain Groove Productions.


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