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Gibson. Often, it's an old National
they've only seen pictures of, or
one of the unique pieces - baritones,
acoustic and electric, mandocellos, fivestring acoustic bass, tipples, high-strung
guitars. The weird stuff they would never own
but sound great on a recording.

How do you maintain all the vintage
gear? That must take time.
MS: Just changing strings is a full-time job!
BK: Keep 'em covered with a tarp in the

backyard to keep the rain off. Actually, having
grown up in a guitar factory, I can do much
of the smaller stuff myself. Coming from that
side of the industry I know at least a half-dozen
good repair guys here in town that I call on,
depending what's needed.
Is the band's name derived from someone's favorite beverage? And which of you
has the better whiskey voice?
JH: The name has a much dumber origin

- it's our initials, and they just happen to be
J&B. When we started playing together, folks
would ask if we were brothers. And when
they'd ask if we were really brothers, we'd
just say, "Yes, but from different mothers."
Titling the album Different Mothers wasn't
much of a stretch.
BK: And, using our first initials in alphabetical order wasn't going to work, either...
JH: In reality, we drink a lot more Shiner
beer and William Chris wine, but "WC
Brothers" was a non-starter. That said, Bill
has the better whiskey voice.
BK: But I don't drink that brand of whiskey. If I have a scotch, which isn't often, it's
a single-malt. There are so many good local
wineries and breweries here, and it all goes
well with the local food. You can drink a
bottle of wine with a meal, but if you drink
a bottle of booze, you're going to pay for it. I
was done paying those dues long ago.

1929 National Tricone Style 3.

What's it like to be guitar players in Austin, a town full of accomplished players?
JH: We try to make friends with local guitar-

ists so we can steal from them (laughs). Seriously,
the players around here are very accessible and
generous with their knowledge. Besides Matt,
who was a founding member of The Monstas,
we're pretty friendly with Bill Kirchen and Redd
Volkaert. They're a good reminder that lots of
old guys still play killer guitar.
BK: It's a thing you have to keep in mind;
no matter what town you're in, there are
always a ton of players better than you. The
ones who point that out, you can avoid. The
rest are usually sweethearts like Redd and
Bill. They become your friends.

Two mid-'60s Airline 62-9013a amps frame
a '59 Danelectro Centurion (bottom) and a
'60s Ampeg made by either Noble or Oliver.

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