✪ ABOUT ✪
We take the road less travelled...
...playing Texas Boogie, authentic Country and dance-floor Western Swing.
Scott to provide wording for here. We take the road less travelled... playing Texas Boogie, authentic Country and dance-floor Western Swing.
✪ THE BAND ✪
Lead Vocal / Acoustic Guitar
Simon plays acoustic guitar, sings and plays bass (though the latter not in this band!) and, along with Francois, writes the band’s material. A self confessed country aficionado, Simon is a big fan of Texas country, Western swing and singer songwriters. His prize possession is a Martin D18 guitar which comes out to gigs from time to time (birthdays and special occasions).
FRANCOIS DE VILLE
Starting his Long Haul journey up on his feet as the bass-player, Francois now enjoys sitting down and taking the pedal-steel seat. Thanks, Scott, for taking the weight off his feet... He came to playing steel relatively late but was lucky enough to study, all too briefly, with the late great Jeff Newman - arguably the world’s best steel guitar teacher. Jeff’s motto was one which Francois tries, with occasional success, to live up to: “Make It Pretty”.
Visit Francois' website: francoisdeville.com
Duncan is the guitar player for the band, and is pretty nifty with the twang of a Telecaster. A country music aficionado, Duncan provides the snap and soul at the heart of the Long Haul. He has been obsessed with all things Western since being given a Davy Crockett hat and a copy of ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas’ at the age of five. He lived in the US for ten years, but returned, Telecaster in hand, to play ‘both kinds’ of music here. His guitar heroes are many and varied, but include all the usual suspects from Marty Stuart and the B-Bender style (he’s owned one for 25 years) through to modern players like Guthrie Trapp. An all-rounder, Duncan plays Country, Blues, Swing, Rockabilly as well as British 60’s pop, on which he grew up.
Rob is the drummer. He has played in countless bands over the last 30 years with varying degrees of failure. He was a founder member of Brighton based band The Lovegods who were once hailed by the Sunday Times magazine as ‘the next big thing’. Quite clearly, we weren’t. A good time was had by all though including support tours with various artists and festival appearances in the UK and abroad.
Double Bass, Vocals
Double bass, vocals. Born in London, Scott started off playing electric bass after buying one in a jumble sale thinking it was a normal guitar, and only noticing it had four strings when he got it home. Used to be in a reggae band which had an album produced by Joe Sinclair, who also produced the first album by the Police, so it was a natural progression to Country music, stopping off in a House-music band along the way. Country-house music, anyone?
Visit Scott's website: scottwarmanbass.co.uk