Official website of The Merles


Classic Texas country born and bred in Austin. 

The Merles play a mix of originals along with classic country hits and Texas dance hall favorites by artists such as Bob Wills, Hank Williams, George Strait, Charlie Pride, Ernest Tubb, and of course, the late great Merle Haggard.  Band members are Todd Deatherage (lead vocals/guitar), Loren Tarnow (vocals), Derek Tarnow (guitar), Matt Winegardner (drums) and Phil Spencer (bass).  

News & Notes

New Album Update 

The Merles are making a new album!

Here's an update on the new album that you may have heard us talking about recently.  Throughout the spring, we've been recording 14 original songs.

Because of our busy gigging schedule, we've been doing a weekend here, a night there process of scheduling recording sessions. That has actually worked out great.  The recordings are fresh and we haven't had to rush or settle on getting the right take.  Our goal isn't to make the album as fast as possible, we want to make it the best darn record we possibly can.

Right now we are wrapping up the last bits of recording including some very special guest performances.  We are absolutely thrilled with how the raw tracks are sounding and can't wait to get it mixed and released.  If all goes well we are looking for a Fall 2016 release. 

Really looking forward to sharing it with y'all.

2016: Nice to meet ya! 

Wow, 2015 sure did treat The Merles well.  Big ole tip of the hat to everyone that came out and listened to us and to all the venues that invited us to their stages.  It was one helluva year. 

We rung in 2016 in style at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon and will be playing there every last Saturday of the month during 2016. Plus we already have regular gigs scheduled at Tavern On Main in Buda, Luckenbach Dancehall, and Big T's Roadhouse. 2016 is already off to a great start.  Visit the Shows Page for full details.

The other big piece of news in The Merles universe is that we will be recording our first full length studio record in 2016 .  We're scheduled to start basic tracks in February and hope to have the final product finished by end of summer/early fall.  We really thank you for all your support that is making this happen.  Gotta feeling this is going to be a real humdinger of an album. 

Cheers y'all!



 

8/21 Show Update -- Dale Watson Video Shoot 

Come out and join The Merles as we kick off a very special night at the Luckenbach Dancehall.We are very excited to be opening for Dale Watson and His Lonestars as they bring their Call Me Insane Tour to Luckenbach and will be shooting a video! Tickets are $15 (children 12 & under are free).  Polish up your boots and practice your dance steps cause you might just end up in a music video for the coolest country singer in the world, Mr. Dale Watson.

The Texas Bucket List features The Merles 

The Merles are very excited to be the featured artist this week on The Texas Bucket List!

They filmed us performing live at The Broken Spoke a few weeks back and not only did they use our performance as the background music for their piece about The Broken Spoke, they are also making us the featured musical act in this week's episode.  The show is syndicated on TV stations across Texas so visit TheTexasBucketList.com 
for air times in your area.  We will add a video link of the performance when it becomes available.  

Featured Artist--KCWM 1460 

This week The Merles are the featured CD on KCWM 1460 out of Hondo, TX. We're very excited to be added to this great station that specializes in classic country. Tune in Thursday, March 26th at 8:30am to listen to a live interview with lead-singer Todd Deatherage. 

If you live outside of the broadcast range listen in via the  LIVE STREAM.

 

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Upcoming Shows

Date Event Location
 —  — Luckenbach Dancehall Luckenbach Dancehall, Fredricksburg, TX 78624 Luckenbach Dancehall, Fredricksburg, TX 78624
The Little Longhorn Saloon Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin, TX 78756 Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin, TX 78756
 —  — Love and War in Texas opening for Eleven Hundred Springs!!! Love and War in Texas, Plano, TX 75074 Love and War in Texas, Plano, TX 75074
 —  — Private Event Fredericksburg, TX Fredericksburg, TX
 —  — Tavern on Main Tavern on Main, Buda, TX Tavern on Main, Buda, TX
 —  — Clive Bar Clive Bar, Austin, TX 78701 Clive Bar, Austin, TX 78701
 —  — The Roundup opening for Marty Haggard!!! The Roundup, Boerne, TX The Roundup, Boerne, TX
 —  — Midway Food Park Midway Food Park, Austin, TX 78746 Midway Food Park, Austin, TX 78746
The Little Longhorn Saloon Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin, TX 78756 Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin, TX 78756
 —  — Satellite Bistro - Merles Trio Satellite Bistro and Bar, Austin, TX 78749 Satellite Bistro and Bar, Austin, TX 78749
Lustre Pearl - Todd doing a song swap with Aaron McDonnell!!! Lustre Pearl, Austin, TX 78702 Lustre Pearl, Austin, TX 78702
Shiner's Saloon Shiner's Saloon, Austin, TX 78701 Shiner's Saloon, Austin, TX 78701
 —  — Moontower Saloon - Merles Trio Moontower Saloon, Austin, Tx Moontower Saloon, Austin, Tx
 —  — Fred's Texas Cafe Fred's Texas Cafe, Ft Worth, TX 76107 Fred's Texas Cafe, Ft Worth, TX 76107
 —  — Tavern on Main Tavern on Main, Buda, TX Tavern on Main, Buda, TX
 —  — Jester King Brewery Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX 78736 Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX 78736
Riley's Tavern Riley's Tavern, Hunter, Texas 78132 Riley's Tavern, Hunter, Texas 78132
 —  — Luckenbach Dancehall Luckenbach Dancehall, Fredricksburg, TX 78624 Luckenbach Dancehall, Fredricksburg, TX 78624
The Little Longhorn Saloon Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin, TX 78756 Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin, TX 78756
 —  — Tavern on Main Tavern on Main, Buda, TX Tavern on Main, Buda, TX

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