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David Warnell was born and raised in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country in the town of Boerne. At the age of 12, Davidís sister gave him an old beat up guitar from Mexico. From that day on, music was in his heart and soul. Growing up with numerous siblings, 5 sisters and 2 brothers, playing his guitar was Davidís escape. He grew up listening and playing to all genres of music, from oldies doo-wap to classic country, and of course, his favorite, classic rock. Some of the major influences to his love of music were greats like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Allman Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughan. But if you were to ask David who his all time favorite group was, he would quickly answer The Beatles. David is a play-by-ear musician. If he hears it, likes it, he will do his best to play it.
David has played with numerous bands over the years, which include Grand Rock Central, Blues Report, Flight and The Jimmy Cribb Band. He has also had the pleasure to perform with Nick Lawrence, Charlie Robison, and Flaco Jimenez.
Davidís talents include vocals, playing the electric lead guitar, acoustic guitar, and mandolin.
When Ken Smith, Emmett's father brought home a Gibson Les Paul Jr. and a Gibson combo amp, he couldn't have had a clue that further down the road, a romance would develop between the six strings and Emmett. Emmett has acquired many more guitars since then, he was thirteen years old and there was no end in sight.
After wood shedding many late night hours he joined with other local Southern California musicians and played in many "garage bands" for parties and gatherings etc.
He then pursued other business interests, but always had a guitar nearby. After moving back to San Antonio, Texas, Emmett began playing with Rex Foster, a Comfort, Texas based singer/songwriter and recording artist. This whirlwind experience allowed Emmett to hone his skill while playing at the Kerrville Folk Festival twice, a TV appearance on Texas Country Reporter Annual Festival, recording with Peter Rowan, Asleep at the Wheel's Cindy Cashdollar and Paul Pearcy who plays with Terry Hendrix. That's just what the doctor ordered.
Wanting to venture into other venues he formed a duo with Graham Warwick. Soon after bass player, Louis Real was added, along with Bobby Brown on drums. The Smith-Warwick band won the "best blues band in the Hill Country" award and Louis Real won "Musician of the year".
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