After years playing bass and guitar in cover bands, Southeast Texas native Dick LeMasters began focusing on songwriting and filling the role of front man and vocalist. A father of four, the inspiration to take a more serious foray into music came after LeMasters coached three of his children for a performance of “Born Under A Bad Sign” at their elementary school talent show. The success of that venture spurred the decision to put together a band of experienced musicians to perform LeMasters’ original music.
In 2009, LeMasters formed the band Longneck Road. LeMasters’ original song “The Way You Walk,” which appears on the band’s debut CD, Texas Rock, held the No. 1 spot on the Radio Free Texas listenerrequest chart for several weeks. Longneck Road quickly gained notoriety and has opened shows for Chuck Berry, The Charlie Daniels Band, Paul Thorn, The Randy Rogers Band, Ronnie Milsap, John Anderson, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Shinyribs, and others.
In addition to performing with Longneck Road, LeMasters performs across Texas with duo partner Douglas Greer and as part of the band Get Right Ramblers. LeMasters and Greer have completed three tours in The Netherlands and regularly perform at The Saxon Pub in Austin and Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse in nearby Spicewood, TX. LeMasters also performs at writers’ nights, has played at the Commodore Grill and The Listening Room in Nashville, and at Austin Songwriters Group events in Austin.
LeMasters’ fourth solo album, Plaza Rooms and Fallen Kings, will be released on August 6, 2019. This album marks a return to the full electric band sound of 2014’s One Bird, Two Stones album. Drums were again provided by Longneck Road’s Adam King. “Blue” Marlin Golmon – a member of the Get Right Ramblers – added harp and harmony vocals, and Douglas Greer contributed harmony vocals. The album was recorded and mixed by engineer Mickey Rouse.