Champ's son, Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. He attended Berklee School of Music where he was awarded the school's top honor - The String Achievement Award. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for string virtuosity and has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band, Toni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band The Waybacks (featured on NPR) who accompanied former Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir and as violinist for world-renowned recording artists, The BoDeans and Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll. He has also performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feat, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo and many more.
The self-titled debut album, The Warren Hood Band, was brilliantly produced by Charlie Sexton and 9 of the 11 songs were written/co-written by Warren, including the album's single "Alright" and the rockin', soulful "Where Have You Gone." The Warren Hood Band CD is available for download on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, and others as well as on CD in stores.
"The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer."
- Lyle Lovett
"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear."
- Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle
Hailing from Spartanburg, SC, Marshall Hood is Champ Hood's nephew, currently residing in Austin, TX. Like all of the Hoods, Marshall rounds out a family of wildly talented musicians with effortless guitar work and a knack for crafting the most charming of songs – so reminiscent of his Uncle Champ it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference.
After a successful run in high school with The DesChamps Band, a band he founded to honor Champ after his passing in 2001, Marshall made the pilgrimage to Austin, TX and began accompanying famed Austin singer, Toni Price, on her long-running residency at the renowned Continental Club. It would be here, of course, where Marshall firmly planted his roots and became a fixture in the eclectic Austin music scene. Marshall took a brief hiatus from Toni Price’s band from 2007-2011, though, touring the country with the young Americana group, The Belleville Outfit - making stops along the way at major festivals like Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Merlefest. As an original member of The Belleville Outfit, Marshall recorded and released two critically acclaimed, independent albums, and picked up a nomination from the Americana Music Association for Best New/Emerging Artist.
After The Belleville Outfit disbanded in 2011, Marshall turned his focus to his solo work, thus far releasing an self-titled EP, and forming Marshall Hood and the Bads – a clever turn on his cousin’s band, Warren Hood and the Goods. Much like Uncle Walt's Band, Marshall’s songs can’t be pigeonholed into any one category - they transcend any one genre. He's the consummate musician. He plays for hours and hours a day, playing as a member of The Warren Hood Band, Tuesday nights with Toni Price, and a regular at house concerts and a project called Sessions on Mary, a private house concert that is streamed live to viewers around the world.
The DesChamps Band was formed shortly after the passing of legendary alt-country musician, Champ Hood. Champ's nephew, Marshall Hood started the band in March of 2002 as a tribute to Uncle Walt's Band. Uncle Walt's Band, a group native to Spartanburg, SC, transplanted to Austin, which boasted Champ as a member alongside Walter Hyatt and David Ball. Marshall, with the addition of Rob Teter, Jeff Brown, the band began playing small scale shows and private parties around Spartanburg, South Carolina. A year later, the band added violinist and vocalist, Matt Parks. Although the group was created in tribute to Uncle Walt's Band, they had an extensive set of original songs. The DesChamps Band was known for their truly professional sound and exceptional instrumental and vocal work, rare for musicians of such a young age. They were described as "alt-country, with infusions of jazz, bluegrass, and swing." Texas performer Lyle Lovett is quoted saying: "It is such a comfort to see (Champ and Walter) live on through these young musicians." The Deschamps Band broke up after the boys graduated from high school, with three of the members Marshall Hood, Rob Teter, and Jeff Brown moving to Austin and forming The Belleville Outfit. The Outfit lasted a few years, packing in crowds at Gruene Hall and Momo's, both famous music venues in Central Texas.. As of 2017, Rob Teter, now Rob Teter Townsend, lives in New York and is pursuing a solo music career in indi-music, Marshall Hood resides in Austin, Tx playing in the Warren Hood Band, Toni Price and others, and Warren Hood lives in Austin with his wife and brand new baby boy, Hyatt Deschamps Hood.
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