A musician with Brenham ties is coming back for a homecoming performance.
Austin Meade will be performing at the 4 Star Concert Hall Saturday at 8 p.m.
Meade, a 2011 graduate of Brenham High School and 2015 graduate of Texas A&M University with an agricultural business degree, was a former drummer whose appeal reaches not only the next generation but waxes nostalgia for those longing for ambient guitars of the ’70s.
He is inspired by rock ’n’ roll greats and red dirt legends. He blends guitar blues and vocals to deliver a familiar, but fresh, sound in a four-piece package.
But that inspiration started a long time ago with family.
“I grew up going to rock shows with my Dad. After years of playing drums in churches and for other backing bands, I decided to step out and pursue my own writing,” he said. “Things started picking up for us once I graduated from A&M and moved to the Texas Hill Country area. Since the move, we have played over 500 shows in a dozen states.”
So far he has recorded multiple studio records such as “Chief of the Sinners” in 2014 and “Heartbreak Coming” in 2016, including a new one released last month “Satan & St. Paul.”
He has been touring throughout the United States the past few years with his band, and has been looking forward to presenting his concert.
In fact, it was concerts that also got him inspired.
“Most of my early inspiration came from personal experience at concerts. I actually worked for KTEX in Brenham during my high school years. That job gave me the opportunity to meet many artists that are still popular today,” Meade said.
“Years ago, I went to see Cody Canada play an acoustic show in Port Aransas. It was a live recording for an acoustic album, and he played two sets. During the intermission, I worked up the guts to hand him a home demo CD that I had made. After returning to the stage and playing a few songs, Cody called me up and let me play a song in front of his sold out audience. Opportunities like those have inspired me to keep going.”
Attendees to the concert should be ready for an “energizing” experience,” Meade added.
“We’re a rock band. Expect guitar solos, a lot of energy, songs with meaning, and a chance for you to escape reality,” he said. “I want our shows to be a getaway point for everyday life. It doesn’t matter what is going on at home or at work. We are here to forget about all that and re-energize your soul.”
Overall, he’s looking forward to just being back to Brenham.
“I am looking forward to seeing many of my high school and college friends,” he said.
“This will be a very personal show for me. Many of my friends and family back in Brenham have not seen our show in years (if ever) so I am ecstatic to return and show them what I have been working on for five years. (And) ...also Blue Bell ice cream.”