Margo Valiante (vocals, guitar), Dave Burnett (drums), John Davis (bass), Ross Martin (guitar)
Blues alt-country soul. Releases include New Blue (2008) and I Can’t Pray (2010).
From the words of her hometown paper in Jackson, WY: “Margo Valiante sings the blues high, strong and convincing,” a skill she acquired in the mountains and has since brought to the city of Austin, TX. From the first note to the last, you’ll never hear a moment of hesitation in her songwriting nor in her voice.
An admirer of Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi and Patty Griffin, Margo is often compared to these luminaries by her audiences. Friends say her voice could stop a train, not to mention stop every room she plays to. Margo was raised in a musical family, learning multiple instruments and harmonizing before she even knew what she was absorbing from the Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan songs she sang with her father. Voice became her priority and the guitar naturally followed suit, allowing her the freedom to be a self-sufficient performer.
Since 2005, Margo has consistently played over 150 shows a year as a solo lounge-singer in Wyoming and in Texas with her band. Performing so frequently prepared her for playing music anywhere, but Austin was where Margo wanted to write songs. Much of her inspiration comes from the stories that have touched her life, often writing about other people. She’s now starting to own her own stories, something that will only make listeners sink deeper into her sound and words.
A classically trained vocalist from Skidmore College, Margo felt that, “gaining the confidence to perform only original material was my goal in coming to Texas. It’s a mecca for original tunes and supportive, intelligent audiences.”