Sons of Fathers Plays Tonight at The Mohawk
David Beck and Paul Cauthen, the core members of Sons of Fathers, first met when each were working on solo projects in San Marcos. Both discovered they had a lot in common, in particular their families’ very rich musical backgrounds. Beck’s father, Bill Whitbeck, was a renowned touring musician, and Cauthen grew up singing in church and was taught how to play guitar by his grandfather, a preacher.
“This whole thing is coming down to us realizing we are playing through our families,” Cauthen told Jay Trachtenberg in an interview in KUT’s Studio 1A. “We represent our families and friends.”
It wasn’t even a second thought to go by the name Beck and Cauthen, in honor of their respective families, when they first began performing as a band. Of course, that was put to a halt when another artist thought this would create a major mix-up. Well…you never know. So, the two songwriters decided upon Sons of Fathers, a phrase they’d penned long before writing a song with the same title.
While the duo is known for their folk/country style, both note that some of their biggest influences are the most timeless of songwriters in any genre, from Lennon and McCartney, to Dylan, to Robert Earl Keen, Joni Mitchell, and Roger Miller.
You can see Sons of Fathers perform tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. And there’s a great opener for the show, local bluegrass outfit Wood and Wire. And do not forget: If you show up early for happy hour, check out Mike & The Moonpies, who play 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Make it a whole evening. Recommended.