The swaggering history of americana band Western Youth begins in 2011, when singer/songwriters Taylor Williams and Matthew Gregg began writing songs together in Austin, Texas.
Drummer Brian Bowe joined them shortly after, and the trio laid down tracks for their first EP, “Leaving the Station,” released in 2013 and produced by Monahans’ Britton Beisenherz at Ramble Creek studio in Austin. That led to the band playing an unofficial South by Southwest showcase in an eclectic backyard venue, where they met local singer/songwriter favorite Graham Weber. In 2017, Weber asked the guys to back him up on an EP he was recording. Their effort worked so well that it turned into a full-length record, and Weber joined the band, which now included Sam Powell on keys and bassist Sean Spiller. With three singer/songwriters and a collection of killer musicians on the roster, Western Youth won a spot in the official SXSW lineup in 2018. It was a turning point, opening industry doors and winning the band some much-deserved recognition and attention, and setting the stage for the release of the band’s first full-length album in 2018.