Embark on a musical journey through the ages with Texas Bad Cats—a band whose evolution mirrors the diverse tapestry of Texas blues, classic rock, and contemporary music. None would say it was easy bringing it all together, or that their travels are complete. However, their expedition continues, crafting a distinctive musical blend seldom found in today's cover bands.
Infused with solid, pulsating rhythms that beckon you to the dance floor, the band's dynamic sound is accentuated by the driving, delectable guitar riffs that stir an undeniable urge to leap up and cheer. Atop this sonic landscape, sultry three-part vocal harmonies add an exhilarating layer, transporting audiences on an unforgettable voyage through the decades—right up to the present moment.
Texas Bad Cats defy convention, offering a musical experience that stands apart from the commonplace. Their performances are an invitation to join them on a captivating odyssey, a journey rich in passion and depth that transcends time.
Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unparalleled musical prowess of this exceptional ensemble — come out, join us, and create lasting memories as we traverse the vibrant soundscape curated by Texas Bad Catsl!
Laura Graf, a renowned figure in Austin's vibrant music scene, has captivated audiences for a remarkable 25 years as the magnetic lead singer of several iconic bands. Her journey through the city's legendary lounges, bars, and clandestine speakeasies has been a melodic tapestry woven with passion and dedication.
With an illustrious career that spans across various bands such as Round Midnight, Red Smoke, The Greatest American Heros, Stella, and The Laura Graf Band, Laura has carved her name as a powerhouse vocalist. Her voice, a mesmerizing instrument, echoes through the corridors of time, effortlessly navigating the realms of classic rock with a finesse that's both distinctive and versatile. Laura's signature style lies in her ability to seamlessly traverse a diverse range of musical genres, painting her performances with an eclectic fusion that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds.
Onstage, Laura Graf embodies the essence of rock 'n' roll – her commanding presence, boundless energy, and undeniable talent leave crowds spellbound, creating an electrifying atmosphere that lingers in the memories of all who experience her performances.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Kris D'Autremont has a myriad of influences from R&B/Soul greats such as Stevie Wonder, Sade, and Al Green to rock-n-roll legends including Stevie Nicks, Heart, and Pat Benatar. Kris recorded and performed with influential Hawaiian hip hop group Sudden Rush, including lead vocals on the award-winning tracks "Polynesian Party" and "Pure Aloha", among others. After migrating to the San Francisco Bay area, Kris sang with the edgy folk band Highway One. While living in California, Kris studied under legendary vocal coach Judy Davis, whose students included Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Eddie Money, Mary Martin, and Grace Slick. Kris sings with the Austin Christian Northside worship team, and enjoys singing and playing percussion with Texas Bad Cats!
Robert “Bob” Hernandez is an Austin native and experienced musician, playing in Austin since 1968. Although self-taught, Bob reads music and can play a wide rage of musical genres including Rock, Blues, Americana, Jazz, Fusion, Latin, & Country. He shreds on lead and rhythm guitar and has a plethora of electric and acoustic instruments he rotates through depending on the demands of the music, including guitars by PRS, Fender, & Gibson and amps by Fender, Roland, Kendrick, & BadCat (not where the amp got its name, but we’re going with it!). Bob also prides himself with replicating the original guitar sounds used on songs with effects by Boss, Thorpy, Fulltone, MXR, MJM, MISSION, TC Electronics, Ibanez, One Control, JHS, Supro, Neo and Strymon. You may even catch Bob singing lead on a few songs here and there or helping with the sweet Texas Bad Cats harmonies. Bob’s played many venues including Austin 6th street, Auditorium Shores, North and South Austin clubs, Country Clubs, Private parties and recording sessions. Some of Bob’s previous bands include Straight Talk, Big Daddy and the Dirty Dogs, El Kabong, Spirithouse, Chill Factor and Dansworth Junction.
Although born in the land of the blues – Chicago, IL, Matthias D’Autremont had the opportunity to grow up in Hawaii, which provided an entirely different cultural music experience. Matthias got an early start singing with the prestigious Honolulu Boy Choir and leading the award-winning Damien High School drumline. Later, he played Tahitian and Polynesian percussion for hula shows on cruise ships and at Waikiki hotels. He also played drums in reggae, rock and country bands all over the state. Matthias studied under the top jazz fusion drummers in Hawaii, who encouraged him to attend the Musicians Institute in LA and he graduated with honors in 1991. He played the LA music scene and was hired for three consecutive tours throughout Asia with the renown Gwen Brisco R&B show band. He returned to Hawaii and was the drummer for award-winning Hawaiian Rap band Sudden Rush and recorded studio percussion with various artists including Hawaiian music superstar Keali’I Reichel. While living in Silicon Valley, Matthias toured and recorded with original singer songwriter Kimberlee Leber and formed Highway One with Glenn Lowe. Matthias moved to Austin, TX in 2012 and played with a number of classic rock bands before forming Texas Bad Cats in 2018. He also volunteers as a Worship Director and drummer at Austin Christian northside.
Marcos Esparza has been playing piano as long as he can remember, and he can remember a lot! He grew up active in the Houston area theatre community before moving to Austin, where he earned a degree in Theatre and Dance with a focus on acting from University of Texas. Playing piano has always been a special part of his life. His musical influences come from many hours listening to classics like Beatles, Journey, Cream, CCR, 3 Dog Night, Elton and Billy Joel with his dad. Now an Austinite for 24 years, Marcos has 3 amazing kids that also love music and the arts. He enjoys hamming it up while rockin’ out with Texas Bad Cats!
David Hall was innately drawn to music since he was young. As a child was constantly getting into trouble for sneaking away from his Sunday school classes to find the piano not being used so that he could play it. He begged his parents to buy him a guitar. When he got it, he played until his fingers ached. David got into rock and roll and picked up a bass guitar to help balance his jam sessions with his friends, but then he realized he loved the bass just as much as the guitar. He played bass in a band for several years in high school and played shows regularly while also singing in choirs and musicals. He went to college at the renowned school of University of North Texas where he graduated with a BA in Music with a concentration in piano, while continuing to play bass and guitar in bands outside of school. Now he indulges his love of music by jamming with some Bad Cats!