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MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite

by Graham Reynolds Music

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Highway 67 04:16
Runaway 03:22
Ojinaga 03:40
Goat Herd 03:06
Stampede 04:16


A hybrid country, jazz, and classical ensemble creates a sonic vision of West Texas.

Austin, Texas based composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds, known for his original scores for Richard Linklater films as well as artistic collaborations across a wide array of mediums, fuses musical languages and communities together with a new studio album, MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite. Out November 22, 2019, the release is the first on Golden Hornet Records, a new label from non-profit Golden Hornet.

Originally commissioned by Ballroom Marfa as the first part of “The Marfa Triptych: Three Portraits of West Texas” (the genre-hopping multimedia trilogy inspired by the intermingled population of the Texas-Mexico border and Chihuahuan desert landscape), the album features legendary country guitarist Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), the celestial pedal steel of Ricky Davis (Dale Watson), and adventurous contemporary string quartet Invoke, all alongside a horn and rhythm section comprised of several of Reynolds’ longtime cohorts.


released November 22, 2019

Presented By:
Golden Hornet

Artistic Director:
Graham Reynolds

Managing Director:
Kate Murray

Premiere Sponsors:
Kathleen and Harvey Guion

Outreach Sponsors:
Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson

Messaging Sponsors:
Amy Holloway & Chris Engle

Originally Commissioned By:
Ballroom Marfa

Virginia Lebermann
Fairfax Dorn

Programs Manager:
Sarah Melendez

Music Director (2013):
Nicki Ittner

Recorded at Red House Studio in Austin, TX

Recording Team:
Buzz Moran
Jon Fielder
Chris Ozley
James Parker
Nick Montopoli

Redd Volkaert - Electric Guitar, Bass VI
Ricky Davis - Pedal Steel Guitar
Adam Sultan - Acoustic Guitar
Utah Hamrick - Bass
Jeremy Bruch - Drums
Alexis Ebbets Buffum - Violin
Ruby Jane - Violin
Todd Reynolds - Violin
Invoke - Strings
Stephen Butts - Trumpet
Shane Pitsch - Trumpet
Adrian Ruiz - Trumpet
David Young - Trumpet
Wayne Meyers - Trombone
Mark Gonzales - Trombone
John Mills - Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet
Dan Bechdolt - Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Graham Reynolds - Piano, Keyboards

Management for Graham Reynolds and Golden Hornet Provided By Lobel Arts Associates.


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Graham Reynolds Music Austin, Texas

Austin-based composer-bandleader-improviser Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls, with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Jeffrey Zeigler. Graham recently signed with London-based label Fire Records and released his score for Hitchcock’s silent classic, The Lodger, in October 2020. ... more

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