Storyville Biography

This blues- and soul-influenced rock band, formed in Austin, Texas, USA, features the highly regarded vocals of singer Malford Milligan. For the group’s first release, on the now defunct November Records in 1994, Storyville was effectively just Milligan with friends and studio professionals, including former Stevie Ray Vaughan associates Chris Layton (1955, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA; drums) and Tommy Shannon (b. Tucson, Arizona, USA; bass). Guitarists David Grissom and Dave Holt also contributed. After the album was released it won six 1995 Austin Music Awards, including that for Best Band, and Milligan opted to retain all four of the previously named musicians as permanent members of the unit. A Piece Of Your Soul was eventually released via an agreement between the UK-based Code Blue label and Atlantic Records in 1996, Milligan commenting that much of its inspiration was based on recent listening to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding - although conversely, these approaches were grounded in more conventional rock song cycles. Few critics, meanwhile, bothered to look further than Hootie And The Blowfish for a suitable musical comparison. Dog Years maintained the band’s popularity with American radio favourites ‘Born Without You’ and ‘Two People’, but shortly after its release the band members went their separate ways. Shannon and Layton recorded as Double Trouble.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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