Beau Hinze (www.beauhinze.com) was born and bred in Washington County, TX. Over the years, his love for music got him writing songs, and eventually performing those songs. His first album, “This Round’s On Me”, released in 2007, was mostly self-produced and included some local guest musicians, including harmonica player Doyle Spitzer. In 2008, Beau met Josh Reddoch (percussionist), and starting regularly jamming on his back porch. Soon, Beau invited Doyle to come over to jam. The “Backporch Shufflers” began. With a new cd out, and a great buzz about the band, they’ve been playing all over Texas and are appearing at riley’s Tavern in Hunter this week. Beau recently answered 10 questions for me.
1. Who are your songwriting influences?
Chris Ledoux had me writing cowboy poetry back in high school & college, Metallica taught me how to enjoy playing fast and Adam Carroll showed me that simple can be complex.
2. When and where was your first public performance?
Did a solo acoustic, full of fear, gig at Otto’s Icehouse in Brenham, Tx in 2004. Have never been so scared in my life….
3. What was the first record or CD you purchased with your own money?
Guns & Roses “Appetite for Destruction”
4. What was the first live concert you attended?
Eddie Rabbit with my parents at the Houston Livestock Show and my dad bought me a lucky rabbit’s foot at a truck stop on the way….it was a purple one.
5. Which venue would you most like to play that you haven’t yet and which is your favorite venue to play?
Would like to play Gruene Hall……We always have a good time at Lakeside Icehouse on Lake Bryan with the outdoor atmosphere on the water. The folks are always laid back and kick it. Riley’s Tavern in Hunter is always a winner, they come early and stay late at that spot with their party boots on.
6. What was the best career advice you’ve been given, and by whom?
“Greed kills more men than whiskey” Tom T Hall ….though it wasn’t direct, that phrase stuck with me since the 1st time I heard it.
7. Who are you listening to now?
Lucero & Drive By Truckers
8. What is your best story about life on the road?
Back in April we played a festival in Mesquite and 30 minutes after we’re done it’s starts hailing golf balls and pouring rain. One of our vehicles, with a lot of spinnin’ managed to get out of the parking lot backstage, the other one didn’t. We were too busy making trips to the trunk for beer instead of finding solid ground, we ended up pushing the car uphill out of the mud and wouldn’t you know it, I lost my footing and looked like a wollering pig. It sucked.
9. What recordings are available to the public and where can they be purchased?
Since the band formed, we had 2 releases. In 2010 we released ‘Undertow’ and in April of this year we cut the EP ‘Six Pack: The Dirty Half Dozen’. All available at www.beauhinze.com. They both hold a sense of diversity throughout the tracks and we’re proud of that. I also have my 2007 self produced ‘This Round’s On Me’ where I first dipped my toes into the recording water.
10. When and where are you playing next?
The World Famous ‘RILEY’S TAVERN’ outside of San Marcos on Friday, July 29th….see Question #5 for what lays in store!