Steel Betty features upbeat Bluegrass and Old Time, and laidback, warm, American folk music as no one else in the area does. We sprinkle in some classic country tunes and original tunes thrown in for the lovers/cowboys. All of our performances feature tasteful solos and vocal harmonies. Also, we are recently a four piece band! Video and photos of us with our new mandolin player to come shortly. We play wedding receptions, house parties, banquets, back porches, breweries, wine bars in central Texas. I pride myself on being a prompt and reliable communicator and I'm excited to hear your entertainment vision for your event.
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Set: We provide up to four hours of classic American covers and Bluegrass from John Prine, the Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, The Grateful Dead, Bill Monroe, Gillian Welch and many more.
Requests: Willing to learn reasonable requests if given at least five days notice before gig
Sound system: happy to provide one, use yours, or play acoustic.
Additional Booking Notes
All we need is somewhere to plug in a power strip! We work with a simple, old time bluegrass set up, using just a couple high quality mics to capture our warm acoustic sound. Our dobro player is also a professional live sound man, so you can be confident that our sound will be just right. We are also happy to play straight acoustic if you'd like.
The Boys and Girl in the Band
Curtis Clogston is a multi-instrumentalist born, raised and residing in San Marcos, TX. He can run live sound at your show, record your album in his studio, then turn around and show your steel guitar player how it's done. You can catch his steel guitar playing at a Hartley Hall show or see his dazzling steel guitar chops with his western swing group, the Railhouse Band.
Madeleine Froncek is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist living in Austin, TX. In addition to playing in Steel Betty, Maddie plays bass and banjo in her gypsy-punk-funk-pop band, Cactopus, and in her lady band, Ley Line. She recently completed full length studio albums with both groups. Maddie climbs rocks, bikes mountains, and is the proud mother of two beautiful baby ducklings.
Singer, guitarist, and frontman Dave McDonald is a professional musician born and raised in Austin Texas. In addition to fronting Steel Betty, he plays in the Austin based west African band Zoumountchi and works as a guitarist for Zach Scott Theater. He loves golden brown foods, unicycling, storytelling, and playing with Steel Betty.
Micah Montenco is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and mandolin player from Boston MA. He is a master chef and master vocalist. He has toured with Whiskey Shivers and lived to tell about it. You can catch his playing at his Saturday residency from 3-6 at South Austin Brewery.