A stalwart fixture of the Austin Blues scene for some time, The Southsiders features singer Marcus 'T' Tharpe, from Memphis, TN. Marcus "T"'s dynamically powerful, yet soulfully sublime vocal delivery draws inspiration from the likes of Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Junior Wells, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, among others. The vocals are perfectly complimented by the guitar phrasing of Austin's own, Jeff Conti and his languid string-stretches and tasteful-trills, brings to mind the four Kings: Albert, B.B., Earl and Freddy. And, its all backed-up to the bone by the deft, deep-driving bottom tones of Indiana native and touring veteran, Eric Matthew Przygocki, who is equally adept at stand-up and electric bass.
The band offers a songbook of original tunes, plus select material from artists like Otis Rush, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Sam Meyers, Paul Butterfield, Larry Williams, and Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, to name a few.
So, whether you wish to sit back and enjoy a forgotten R&B Ballad from the Crescent City or you want get up on your feet and dance the night away to a genuine Beale Streeters' toe-tapper, The Southsiders featuring Marcus Tharpe are guaranteed to be a crowd pleasing powerhouse o fRoots & Urban Blues, Classic Soul and Good ol' Rock & Roll, for all ages and occasions!