RHYTHMIC STATUES is an Americana Jam Band where the song comes first and is then creatively expanded during each live performance. Featuring CARTER ARRINGTON, MIKE MORGAN, and DARRELL COMMANDER, formerly of Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Also featuring PAT MANSKE, drummer for Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, The Flatlanders, and Bruce Robison.
RHYTHMIC STATUES is perhaps best described as an Americana jam band, but their sound transcends genres and defies categorization. All of The Statues are accomplished musicians, singers, and/or songwriters who add their diverse influences to a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. RHYTHMIC STATUES was originally founded in the early 2000’s, but the current incarnation of the band re-formed in late 2012. RHYTHMIC STATUES‘ debut studio album (“One Big Day”) will be released in 2016.
“RHYTHMIC STATUES is a hell of a talented group of musicians pulling from many genres of music. Their performance at the 2016 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival was amazing. Give them a listen. They have arrived.” — Scott Marshall, President, Old Settlers Music Festival
MIKE MORGAN (bass, vocals, songwriter) produced and played on one of legendary beat poets Allen Ginsberg’s and Peter Orlovsky‘s rare and few records, “Tiger Tiger”. Morgan has performed at MerleFest, FloydFest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and he holds the distinction of having performed at Old Settlers Music Festival more times than any other musician. Morgan has shared bills with String Cheese Incident, Jackson Browne, Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Ryan Adams, Lake Street Dive, and Steve Winwood, to name a few. Morgan has co-written with Peter Rowan (“I Thought I Knew”) and Van Wilks (“Cold Side of Cool”.) He also had a prolific songwriting partnership with the “God of Hellfire” Arthur Brown, which produced songs that have appeared on five albums worldwide thus far, including “Juices of Love” and “Old Friend My Colleague”. Morgan is the main composer for RHYTHMIC STATUES‘ Freshman album “One Big Day”. Morgan, along with CARTER ARRINGTON and DARRELL COMMANDER, was a founding member of Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove, which released a debut album (“Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove Vol. 1”) in 2014.
PAT MANSKE (drums) has toured and recorded with Texas legends Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, The Flatlanders, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Bruce Robison. Manske performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival from 2007 to 2015. He has been on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, played Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, and he has toured Europe twice with Joe Ely and twice with Grammy nominee Eugene Hideaway Bridges.
CARTER ARRINGTON (guitar) spent much of the summer of 2015 and Spring 2016 touring with The Filthy Six, a side band formed by members of Mumford & Sons. Arrington has toured with Malford Milligan, Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove, Arthur Brown, Bavu Blakes, and Mingo Fishtrap, among many others. He performed at the European North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, and toured in Germany and Sweden. He has also shared billing with Smokey Robinson, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Kirk Franklin, Third World, The Punch Brothers, The Headhunters, and The Wailers.
DARRELL COMMANDER (keys, vocals) toured Europe with Austrian guitarist Ulrich Ellison and his band (“Tribe“) in 2015 and has performed at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and SxSW Music Festival. Commander has played and recorded with, and contributed songs to, numerous Austin bands, including jazz fusion quintet The Harmony Theory, R&B/funk powerhouse Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys, and veteran Austin jam band Flounders Without Eyes. He also performs regularly with Panic Stricken, a Widespread Panic tribute band. He was voted among the top 10 Austin keyboardists in the 2014-2015 Austin Music Awards. Commander is also a singer/songwriter in his own right, with one album of original music to his credit.