When Mike Naumann and his family moved to Steiner Ranch five years ago, it was the best move he ever made. The sense of community and wonderful neighbors makes Steiner Ranch a perfect place to call home. Within the community are a wealth of diverse activities from boating, fishing, swimming to running, biking, hiking, tennis and golf. Like the neighborhood, Mike’s life is diverse… full time husband and dad, computer man by day, and rock star by night. Yes, that’s right; Steiner Ranch is home to an up and coming music star.
Mike, the “well-fed bassist with a cowboy hat on,” is a member of Brad Dunn & Ellis County, started last April in a project studio in his house. Mike, his wife, and daughter live in Summer Vista on Little Dipper Path and while their house was perfect for the demo, after gaining traction the band made a proper recording in a studio. They have even bought a trailer to live out their weekend warrior lives.
Although the band is relatively new, Mike and many members of the band have been playing together for awhile. And, although the other members of the band, Brad Dunn, Jim “Haystack” Novak, Michael Lamendola, Ty Hurless and Tim Veillon, haven’t made the move to Steiner yet, they are all long time residents of Austin.
If you haven’t yet heard them, you should. Brad Dunn & Ellis County is the perfect mix of talent that is making waves in the music industry. Their first single “Red, White and Blue” made it into the Top 100 of the Texas Regional Radio Report and the bands has booked gigs at many local venues including Stubbs, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse and the State Capital Inauguration BBQ. Since the band’s demo “Evidently” was released in 2010. They have been invited to open for Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars, Pat Green and Tracy Lawrence and next play live at Mean-Eyed Cat in Austin on December 15th at 8pm. You can also listen here.
The band is on the rise, but they need your help. In order to get enough publicity to promote their next single, they are hoping to pre-sell copies of their next album, “Ranch Cat”. The cost is $15 and includes a signed copy of the album. Or, if you are in need of a great live band, Brad Dunn & Ellis County is available for private parties. Read more about their plans for the release of Ranch Cat, and help out, here.
Don’t forgot to wave hi to Mike next time you see him around the neighborhood and make your way over to Mean-Eyed Cat on December 15th for some great music.