Austin Hanks

 

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Check out Austin and his great show at our

Monday night on the Sunset Strip...

LA Country Night Show

 

 

Born in Palmerdale, Alabama, Austin Hanks was raised on a diet of country blues and gospel. After writing his first song in the fifth grade, he soon realized a career in music was inevitable. Austin never looked back.

In college, Austin recognized the talent of a few classmates and quickly formed Slick Lilly, an americana rock act. As the band.s popularity grew regionally, club attendance records were shattered. Within months, Slick Lilly was opening for acts such as The Black Crowes, Blues Traveller, Reverend Horton Heat, Widespread Panic, Squeeze, and Peter Frampton, among others. Austin.s song "Light of the Trail" further exposed Slick Lilly to the masses when it became the number one most requested song for five weeks on Birmingham.s Top 40 station, WKXX. This was an unprecedented feat for an unsigned act. Shortly thereafter, Slick Lilly had inked deals with Kudzu, an indie label, and New Era Management. A second radio hit followed with the Waddy Watchel produced "Dirty Water", another Hanks song. The band toured constantly and earned a spot on Ted Nugent's summer trek in 1995. Despite numerous accolades and a large fan base, the members of Slick Lilly decided to go their separate ways later that year.

Austin took this opportunity to explore his options in the city where many of his musical idols made their names. Nashville was the perfect environment for Austin to craft his techniques by experimenting and expanding his musical sensibilities. After establishing himself as a solo artist, Austin took his songwriting skills to the next level. "Swirl 360"s "Candy In the Sun", written by Hanks, became a major hit and can be heard worldwide in film and television soundtracks.

"Candy In the Sun" landed Austin a publishing deal with EMI. In a matter of weeks, he was on his way out west in search of a fresh sound. Austin immersed himself in the L.A. alt. country scene and began to bridge the gap between his country blues upbringing and the energetic rock of his new home. A crowd favorite and blossoming fixture in his new musical community, Austin even attracted members of the Hillbilly Rat Pack, including Billy Bob Thorton and Bill Paxton.

Austin currently guests with the It Came From Nashville acoustic ensemble, and recently made an appearance on the first season of the reality TV program,  Nashville Star.  As a top 10 finalist, Austin continued to gain momentum, confidence, and hard-earned success as a solo artist. In addition to that success, Austin takes pride in his roots, his tattoos, his guitars, and his invigorating country rock sound.

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