Scott Laningham | Mitch Watkins | Chris Maresh
Colleagues for 35 years, TresMusicos is Scott Laningham (drums, percussion, vocals), Mitch Watkins (guitars), Chris Maresh (acoustic and electric basses), with Sean Giddings (keyboards/vocals) as a frequent fourth member. We perform eclectic originals and covers with a jazz underpinning. And instead of simply fumbling through music between tunes or plowing straight through a set, we talk about the music, share stories, and generally keep it accessible. Check us out in our every Thursday residency, 6-8pm, at the Elephant Room, 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX.
Mitch has been a first call session & touring player in Austin since the 1970s, a prolific and Grammy-nominated producer, and longtime sideman for the late Leonard Cohen. His original compositions have been featured across five different releases under his own name. A partial list of his other performance and recording credits includes Passenger, Conspirare, Abra Moore, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Benny Wallace, KT Oslin, Barbara Dennerlein, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Paul Glasse, Dr. James Polk, and Jennifer Warnes.
Chris is one of the most in-demand session bassists in Austin, TX. appearing on more than 250 albums. As a virtuoso bassist and composer, Chris has been a regular with guitar legend Eric Johnson for over a decade with his compoisition Rain nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in the 2002 Grammy’s. A partial list of his other performance and recording credits includes Bob Schneider, Bonnie Raitt, Abra Moore, Alejandro Escovedo, Stephen Bruton, and Tish Hinojosa.
Scott began working professionally at the age of 17, performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1978 with the Amarillo High School jazz ensemble, and has been a popular drummer in the Austin, Texas music scene for over 35 years. He’s an original member of the award-winning soul jazz group Church on Monday, led by saxophonist Elias Haslanger. A partial list of his other performance or recording credits includes work with Alejandro Escovedo, Ephraim Owens, Dr. James Polk, Eric Johnson, Van Wilks, Christopher Cross, Kat Edmonson, Kirk Whalum, Beto y los Fairlanes, Mose Allison, Tony Campise, Suzi Stern, and Carmen Bradford.