Black Irish Texas
Austin-based seven-piece Black Irish Texas reside in the sweet spot where country and Irish pub punk cohabitate perfectly. Formed in 2004, they have spent over ten years earning a place as a staple in the Austin live roots scene, sharing the stage with Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, and many more. But Black Irish Texas insist that you leave your pre-conceived notions at the door; you won’t be singing along to “Whiskey in the Jar” at their shows. After all, they may have Irish blood, but they are Texas-raised. And when you put a guitar in a Texan’s hand, odds are good you’ll get a little twang and a lot of attitude.
Black Irish Texas have experienced a few lineup changes over the past decade, and their roster has included some true Austin veterans from beloved bands such as Flatcar Rattlers, The Bulemics, and Mr. Lewis & The Funeral Five. Today, Black Irish Texas consists of James Fitzsimmons on vocals and guitar, Mark Maughmer on the fiddle, James Sheeron on drums, Shannon McMillan on upright bass, David Zarate on banjo, and a bottle of Jameson providing the fuel to their fiery performances.
After a decade in the Austin live music scene, Black Irish Texas finally put out their debut album “To Hell with the King” in 2014, and fans of Texas punk and Irish rock will find it’s worth the wait. Their debut was soon followed by the feisty EP “An Ode to Saint Cecilia”. In 2017, they released “The Good, The Bad and the Indifferent”, a fireball of an album that continues their momentum as one of the most exciting heavy roots bands in Austin, Kansas City, or anywhere they stomp onstage.