Blan first picked up a trombone in middle school before moving on to the guitar his freshmen year in high school. He spent most of his guitar playing days at the First Baptist Church in Baird, Texas where he was born and raised. Blan started writing songs when he was 22 but only played covers in front of friends throughout college. He first stepped onto a stage at an open mic night in Abilene, TX where Clayton Stewart, who put on the open mic night, asked Blan to come play the next evening with his band between sets. From there, Blan played his first paying gig at Joe Allen’s in Abilene, Tx in 2012. After a year playing around Abilene and surrounding areas, Blan made the move to far West Texas to a small town called Valentine. Blan spent two years ranching in the West Texas area where he was able to bring a band together from the surrounding towns. June 1, 2014 they played their first gig together in Marfa, Tx. The band released their first music video for “Headed to the Good Life” on July 24th and celebrated their 100th full band show at Viva Big Bend July 27, 2018.
Tim Thayer: drums and percussion
Pete Westfall: guitars and vocals
Pete studied music at the University of California at Davis and has played with a number of musical combos in and around the tri-city area, including the Big Bend Jazz Consort, The Transpecos Blend (bluegrass and Irish), and Bryon Garrison and the Rainmakers (rockabilly). You can also find him frequently at Harry’s Tinaja in Alpine, jamming on the patio or playing with a pick-up group on the plywood stage. Pete likes a wide variety of music, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, country, rockabilly, old time rock and roll, and incorporates it all in his playing style. His main guitar inspirations are Jerry Garcia and Joe Pass. According to Pete, “playing Blan’s originals is the best part of being in this band. Blan’s music has such strong melodic and rhythmic hooks, it is fun to craft guitar parts to match. Plus, there is always room for improvisation. And it doesn’t hurt that his lyrics are so good!”
Tom Lehr: bass
Tom has held down the bottom end in several Big Bend area bands through the years, including Marathon Manhorse and SoCoNoCo. Previously he played in bands in the Baltimore-D.C. area. An avid fan of classic Memphis soul and New Orleans funk, Tom likes to bring as much funk and soul to country music as he can get away with.