Jonathan Warren got his musical start in Knoxville, TN. He quickly developed an ear for traditional folk and americana while listening to greats such as Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams. While playing bass for Christabel and the Jons (one of the original Jons) he started experimenting with his own songwriting and playing guitar, banjo and harmonica. David Sather-Smith, born and raised in Jackson, MS, grew up alongside classical music, which helped to form his knack for the cello and operatic singing. He attended Western Illinois University where he majored in Vocal Performance and fell in love with the tunes of Frank Sinatra. Andrew Smith, born in Los Angeles, CA, spent many of his years studying jazz from legends like Charles Mingus and Count Basie. As a young-teen, he moved to San Francisco, where the diverse music scene allowed him to experiment with a variety of styles including latin, funk and blues music. Somehow these 3 crossed paths and collaborated in Boise, ID where they created the amalgamation they call “Progressive Psychobilly Folkgrass.”
It’s a goat chewing on a can, it’s a cat scratching at your door, it’s foot stompin’ music that makes you want to eat a biscuit. Melodies you wake up humming in the morning, that stick to your bones like peach cobbler. It’s new-timey, post-retro, pre-apocolyptic, southern Appalachian, gypsy porch swing. It’s Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats.