is a band that formed in Austin, Texas
. The band was named after band member Greg Vanderpool's grandfather.
Singer/guitarist Greg Vanderpool and bandmate Roberto Sánchez, both veterans of Dallas’ Deep Ellum
music scene, subsequently spent a year in Nashville
compiling songs that would make up Milton Mapes' debut release The State Line
(2001). The 7-song CD was well-received by regional press and radio, drawing comparisons to Neil Young
(Harvest) and Bruce Springsteen
Milton Mapes eventually evolved into a complete band with the addition of Britton Beisenherz, Chris Dye, and Jim Fredley, honing in closer on an atmospheric revival of Young's Crazy Horse
or Bob Dylan
's electric conversion. While maintaining their roots under layered guitars and textures, the band knew the power of understatement—often allowing the quiet moments of a song to shine as brightly as the loud ones. The band released Westernaire
(Aspyr Media) in 2003
, reflecting this migration with a heavy dose of guitar-oriented songs. Sounding much less "country" than the title might suggest, Westernaire
explored themes of 'the unknown', love, and alcohol—painting with rock-and-roll a hazy landscape that holds more questions than answers.
The band toured through much of the United States since the recording of Westernaire
, appearing both as a duo and as a full band. The group shared bills with an assortment of its respected Texas contemporaries... Read More