The Mother Truckers are a kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll band from Austin, Texas. Their music is high-octane Americana, blending hard hitting electric guitars with soaring vocals and irreverent lyrics. They take the Texas mix of Country, Blues and Rock to a higher place with their creative songwriting and high energy live performances.
The core of the group is the singing songwriting team of Josh Zee and Teal Collins. Josh Zee (vocals/lead guitar) has recorded 2 major label records on the SONY/Work label as the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Rock group “Protein”. He toured extensively throughout the U.S. on “The Warped Tour”. They also toured Europe and Japan as part of MTV Asia Summer Fest.
Teal Collins (vocals/ukulele/guitar) Teal’s early introduction to music was through her dad, famous Jazz disc jockey Al, “Jazzbeaux” Collins. Teal has recorded sessions for Grammy award winning producers Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Stephen Bray (Madonna). Teal has received Gold and Platinum albums for her work on Shanice (Motown records) and Third Eye Blind’s album Blue.
Josh and Teal met at an open mic night years ago. In 2002 they both decided to focus their energies on what would become The Mother Truckers. Their first CD was the self-released “Something Worth Dying for”. In 2007 they released “Broke, Not Broken” (Funzalo Records). The album was met with critical acclaim and received airplay nationwide. The Austin American Statesman’s Michael Corcoran placed the album on his top 10 list as did the Village Voice’s Chuck Eddy. Austin’s beloved KGSR deemed it #57 out of the top 107 albums of the year beating out the likes of the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen! At SXSW The Austin Music Awards named The mother Truckers “Best Roots Rock Band Of The Year”.
2008 sees The Mother Truckers rocking even harder with the soon-to-be released CD “Let’s All Go to Bed”. Josh reunites with “Protein” drummer Dan Thompson on this one, and rounding out the sound is Austin music scene veteran Danny G on the Bass.
The Mother Truckers have been touring steadily and playing summer festivals like Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic, High Sierra and Bumbershoot, and have opened for such acts as Merle Haggard, Dwight Yokum, Hank Williams 3, Robert Earl Keen and the Supersuckers to name a few.