Julieann Banks’ alternative country musical stylings include songwriting, singing and guitar-playing in a blend of Texas Americana, folk, rock and country, with a streak of blues and gospel for good measure. The edgy, electric emotion of her songs and singing are probably what earns her awards such as Austin Music Magazine’s “Best Female Vocalist Rock,” one of the Top Ten in South by Southwest Austin Chronicle Music Awards’ “Best Songwriter,” and Austin’s Local Flavor Music Magazine’s “Best Pipes,” among many others.
She’s been called a “powerhouse vocalist” and a “singer’s singer.” Julieann is a busy musician who started young in music by playing the piano. She wrote her first song when she was 11 years old in Louisiana. She now sings and plays acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion and harmonica. After moving to Austin, Texas in 1991, she spent 9 years playing in bands such as Apaches of Paris, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes and The Big Time, refining her alternative country style and writing songs.
A return to Louisiana in 2000 resulted in more great songwriting, and a CD called “Magazines and Race,” named for a street corner in New Orleans and recorded at FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Julieann Banks has recorded three other CD’s of her own original music, “Solid Ground,” “Gravity Trains” and “No Such Thing as Love.” She was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, performed at President George Bush’s inauguration and toured with Percy Sledge. In 2007, she once again left Louisiana for Austin, where she joined The Austin Lounge Lizards in 2009 and currently performs solo and with The Activates.
Julieann Banks currently plays on the Austin music scene. She plays bass with Leeann Atherton and covers dance hits from Motown, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 with the group The ReVinyls. Don’t miss her unique Austin originality.