Warren Hood is an accomplished musician and composer-singer who plays violin, fiddle, and mandolin. He lives in Austin, Texas and performs with his local band, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums, in a blend of jazz/blues/newgrass acoustic fusion of music. In the 2005 Austin Chronicle Best Musician Awards, Warren was voted #1-Best String Player and his band was voted second in the bluegrass category by the Austin readers of this entertainment weekly.
Warren is the fiddler for the Waybacks, a San Francisco based acoustic/Americana "all-terrain" band that tours regularly around the country and is fast gaining notoriety. He began playing fiddle at age 11 and studied classical violin for a number of years. At age 17 he won the Austin Youth Award and performed as soloist with the Austin Symphony. Later he honed his playing and singer/composition abilities with his former bands such as: Warren Hood & his Allstar Band, Blue Light Special and the South Austin Jug Band. Warren graduated from Berklee School of Music where he won the "String Achievement Award," Berklee's highest honor, as selected by the faculty. The award is for those students, "...who as leaders in their field, will make a mark on the future of music."
Warren Hood's musical influences range from Ray Charles, Stephane Grapelli, Walter Hyatt and Uncle Walt's Band to his dad, Champ Hood. He sings, composes and plays violin, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. His main violin is a year 2000 custom-made instrument from the William Lee Company of Chicago.
Warren's father, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band) was a big influence on Warren from an early age. Champ was the sideman for many years for Toni Price at Austin's famed Continental Club Tuesday Hippie Hour. Warren used to sit in with Toni Price, along with his cousin, Marshall Hood, at the Toni's Hippy Tuesday show and delighted a new generation of Hood fans. Champ once said, "I don't know where he gets that gypsy thing," remarking about Warren's favorite music key, Gypsy G. "He's so good, it's spooky."
Susanna's Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church usually on the third Thursday of the month in the WUMC fellowship hall and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $15 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always available. Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.