The Austin Lounge Lizards are bassist Bruce Jones, Conrad Deisler on guitar and mandolin, Hank Card on rhythm guitar and Darci Deaville on Fiddle and Mandolin. They have delighted audiences from Texas to California, from Canada to the U.K., with their inventive style of satirical folk, country and bluegrass. Based in Austin, Texas, since their formation in 1980, the Lizards have honed their music into a knife-sharp art form. The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometownâ s moniker, 'Music Capital of the World' and its motto: 'Keep Austin Weird'.
Trademarks of a Lizards song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke fun at politics, love, religion and the culture in general. For example, among the songs on their CD, "The Drugs I Need", are the title song and four others commissioned by Consumers Union and other advocacy groups. The Lizards tackle the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance, big media and big oil, and excessive credit card debt. Check out the touching duet entitled "Xmas Time for Visa" with guest vocalist Tish Hinojosa on this album. "The Drugs I Need" is the Lizards most topical album yet.
Even after 33 years together, they’re still finding new places to play, like San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, a major event entirely funded by a wealthy venture capitalist (obviously with a good sense of humor).
Just like that festival, their repertoire is hardly strictly bluegrass, even though they started out spoofing country music clichés. They’ve since expanded their intricately layered harmonies and instrumental arrangements to puncture pop and rock.
The Austin Lounge Lizards are five-time winners at the prestigious Austin Music Awards. Their version of Irving Berlin's 'C-U-B-A' was used in the Michael Moore film Sicko. The band has been featured on NPRâ s Morning Edition and on the radio programs Mountain Stage and E-Town.
With their unique amalgamation of highly literate Ivy League roots; the folk, country and bluegrass musical conventions of Appalachia and Nashville; creative influences like Frank Zappa, Spike Jones, George Jones, and Flatt & Scruggs; and an unquenchable thirst for the absurd, the Lizards specialize in musical eclecticism, excellence and extreme entertainment.
Come enjoy their four part vocal harmonies and instrumental mastery at Susanna's Kitchen. Susanna’s Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church 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 students, childcare is available. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always on site! Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.