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Edie Brickell and New Bohemians


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Dallas, Texas, United States (1985 – present)

Edie Brickell and New Bohemians are an alternative rock band that formed in Dallas, Texas, United States in 1985. The band consists of Edie Brickell (vocals), Kenny Withrow (guitar), Brad Houser (bass), John Bush (percussion) and Brendan Aly (drums). Keyboardist Carter Albrecht joined the band in 1999 and remained with the band until his death in 2007. They are best known for the 1988 American Top 10 hit “What I Am”.

Drummer Aly, guitarist Withrow, and percussionist Bush went to the same high school as singer Brickell in Dallas, Texas but didn’t really know her then.[1] According to Houser, Edie was there for art. (Spin magazine, March 1989 (Vol 4, Number 12). Houser attended Hillcrest High School (Dallas) and lived in the same neighborhood as the others. He played in various neighborhood bands like The Knobs which included Kenny, and was also a Munch Puppy.

The New Bohemians started as a 3 piece ska-style band in the early eighties, cutting their teeth in the new Deep Ellum neighborhood in downtown Dallas. The original line-up featured Brad Houser on bass, Eric Presswood on guitar, and Brandon Aly on drums.

The future core members joined in 1985. Edie became the singer after being encouraged to join the band onstage during a show (the famous Jack Daniels story).


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