As the band was pulling out of Austin, post SXSW gig the phone rang.
“You guys wouldn’t happen to have a piano sustain pedal we could borrow? Are you still in town? We’re staying on Brazos Street.”
It was Katelynn Corll, who’s been drumming for the Michigan Americana powerhouse, The Accidentals. We doubled back and Steve ran the pedal into the hotel where they were staying while the rest of the band circled the block.
The Accidentals had a gig the following afternoon in Wimberly, about an hour out of Austin. That’s also the city where the GGs were staying all week. The Accidentals gig was a private affair, at Blue Rock Studios, nestled atop the rolling Texas terrain. The vista affords the most spectacular views of the Hill Country. The studio has a superb reputation. There are beautiful rooms for artists to take up residency while working on projects. It’s a favorite creative space of artists like Lyle Lovett.
Steve returned to the car. “They put us on the guest list tomorrow, if we want to pick up the pedal at their gig. They said there’s food and everything.”
Far be it from us, to ignore the universe, or pass up some free eats!

The glaring understatement of the entire Texas loop of this spring tour is to say that Blue Rock Studios is amazing. We were overwhelmed walking from our parking place into the party. Greeted by the most warm soul, our feelings of being somewhere we didn’t belong were erased with an enthusiastic “Welcome friends,” from a silver dreadlock-coifed gentleman. He looked like your favorite grandfather, if he were the most obsessed dead head. He told us jokes, pointed out there was stone fired pizza and Middleton Beer available for us to enjoy, and added, “Don’t be shy. Look around. Be sure you check out the view from the tower.”

Blue Rock Studios is arguably the most stunning creative space on the planet. It features an intimate performance space, state of the art recording rooms, chocked full of the best of tech and recording gear. There are enough beds, baths, and relaxing spaces to inspire a band staying at the facility, for years. We were treated to a tour before we caught The Accidentals set. The Blue Rock people were genuine, inviting, and incredibly gracious hosts. And the view from the tower was even more spectacular than promised. We can’t thank The Accidentals and Blue Rock Studios enough for an experience that was certainly one of the highlights of our week in Texas.
We could have stayed for hours, or maybe days and weeks…we certainly wished we could…but, we were pressed for time, with another gig that evening. On our way out, we revisited the silver haired gentleman whose greeting made us feel so very at home. Of course, he had a couple more jokes. We found out he is Bobby Lemons, long time FOH sound man for Willie Nelson.
We were blessed to soak in so much greatness in the hour we spent at Blue Rock. We heard magic in the stellar set put on by our friends The Accidentals. We were greeted and entertained by a legend. We absorbed a soul-soothing mystic alchemy by being in the presence of this most beautiful and enchanting space.
Thank you Blue Rocks Studios. And thank you Accidentals, for forgetting your sustain pedal!

Via Oakland Press:

More than two dozen metro area music acts will be in Austin, Texas, this week to perform during the annual South By Southwest Music + Media Conference.

And they’ll be sending some of their shows back home.

The first, dubbed “Country, Hop & Roll” streams starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 from the Dizzy Rooster on Austin’s famed Sixth Street with a 10-act lineup that includes the Gasoline Gypsies, Louie Lee, Wilson Thicket, Nathan Walton & the Remedy, Paulina Jayne, McKayla Prew, Ryan Jay, Hannah Rose Graves, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, and Patty Pershayla & the Mayhaps.

Four days later, on Sunday, March 19 at the San Jac Saloon, the Gasoline Gypsies, Lee, Prew, Walton and Pershayla will headline a “Y’Alternative” Americana showcase joined by KayLyn Pace, Lilly MacPhee, Jacki Daniels, Ryan Jay, Aneesa Sheikh and Matt Kysia.

The legendary Doc of Rock Doug Podell has been in our corner, digging our music and cheering us on for quite a few years now, but we were still kinda blown away when he reached out to invite us participate in the new WLLZ
Compilation vinyl Motor City Rocks, 2022 edition! We are still pinching ourselves to make sure we aren’t dreaming – what a huge honor! Thanks so much for your faith in us!

Navigating the music industry landscape of today can be fraught with frustration and peril, on any given day, to be sure…so, how to flip the script? 

For us, the answer was to throw down another fun collaboration with our longtime pal and new game developer Kelly McGeary of Kelsoft- to birth our own custom branded band video game!
As a member of the Gasoline Gypsies you will run, jump, and rock your way through various levels. Discover hidden gems and secret power-ups along the way. Use your instruments to defeat adversaries!

But, stay on guard!!! Along the way you will be faced with broken strings, zombie tuners, deranged groupies, and many more freakish hazards as you make your way to the stage. At the end of each level, you will also face off to play against a rival band!

Grab it now in the App Store for iOS and Android!The

Years ago, the farmhouse property where bass player/vocalist Steve Briere resides was a llama farm. Steve was using the old barn out back, once home to the South American pack animals, as a storage space. He purged the years of junk that had accumulated in the barn and turned it into a rehearsal studio, that has become the new home to The Gasoline Gypsies. Dubbed “The Llama Barn,” the practice studio took on an immediate feeling of home, having been built at the carpentry-skilled hands of Steve, then adorned with special Gasoline Gypsies memorabilia that the band has collected for years.
“We pulled power out here, and the extra time on our hands during the shutdowns, well, it just kinda grew into something really special,” Steve explained. “The guys got together, we humped drywall, painted, trimmed, and decorated,” and it turned out great!”
As well as for practice, The Gasoline Gypsies are also using the space to produce intimate music and food events for their loyal fan base, The Vagabundos. Gasoline Gypsies Patreon members can earn incentives that give them access to shows and rehearsals.

Intended as a respectful nod to one of their influences, The Gasoline Gypsies produced a practice studio cover of Wooden Ships. Inspired by the passing of David Crosby, the video has drawn notice from around the world, and as of this writing was was approaching 40,000 views at over 1000 per hour

The Gasoline Gypsies will be busy with five dates at the upcoming SXSW Conference in Austin, Tx.
Sponsored in part by SHOWX, Boxcar, and Broken Blanket Productions, The Gypsies will be playing sets at San Jac Saloon, The Dizzy Rooster, and Blind Pig.

Tuesday 3/14
San Jac 11:15p-12:15a
Wednesday 3/15
Dizzy Rooster 5p-6p
Thursday 3/16
Blind Pig 9p-10p
Saturday 3/18
Blind Pig 10p-11p
Sunday 3/19
San Jac 3p-3:45p