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T Bird and the Breaks

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High School for Tim Crane, A.K.A. T-Bird, wasn’t a school at all; it was a record shop. T-Bird spent most skipped schooldays tagging cars with flyers in exchange for records – really good records. An inch-thick stack of flyers might be worth Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” pts. 1 and 2, or James Brown’s “I Can’t Stand It (When You Touch Me)” backed with “There Was A Time”.

Fast-forward six or seven years. Bird hits the road looking for a place where the music’s going down.

It wasn’t a plane or a bus that first brought Tim Crane to Austin. It was a train. T-Bird spent the summer of 2006 riding the rails from the hills of New England through New York and Philly to the California Coast. Along the way he jammed with Nashville backups, toured the hallowed grounds of Memphis, and (to hear him tell it) broke a heart or two in New Orleans. But it was a cock-eyed stroll down Sixth St. in Austin that had the biggest impact on the wandering songwriter. Through the din of reveling tourists and bar hopping college kids, T-Bird heard the unmistakable strains of some real blues. He walked into the bar and ended up sitting in with the band for a few tunes, thinking, “yeah, this is the place.” As good as his word - he was back a few months later, showing up with a slim roll of bills, a car full of vinyl, and very big plans for the city. It took him just one year in Texas to assemble T-Bird and the Breaks.

What a band it is.

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