BAND BIOS

William “BB” Morse is a MONSTER bassist and session musician who has spent a lifetime playing music and learning the crafts of his trade. Born in 1952, BB began to learn guitar at the age of 9 from his certified trucker/PRCA Rodeo Cowboy father; but it wasn’t until The Ed Sullivan Show, which featured The Beatles, that BB fell in love with the bass.

While spending his youth immersed in the heart of the 1960’s Counter-culture movement, San Francisco/Berkeley area, BB’s professional music career began at the age of 13 due to the countless hours spent honing his craft.  His innate ability to put a lock on the bottom end with a groove that makes you move, has allowed BB to travel the world several times over playing on stages such as Austin City Limits; the Grand Ole Opry; Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic with legendary artists and Grammy Award winning musicians such as Willie Nelson; Merle Haggard; the Jimi Project; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Huey Lewis; Floyd Domino; Freddy Powers; Dale Watson; Guy Forsythe; Joe Ely; Flaco Jimenez; W.C. Clark; Malford Milligan; John Arthur Martinez; Commander Cody; Gary P. Nunn; Waylon Payne; Red Volkaert; and of course, Lucas Johnson to name a few.  In both, 2013 and 2014, William “BB” Morse was inducted in the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in (2013 California & 2014 Northwest-Oregon, Washington, Idaho) for his work with Johnny Bush; Freddy Powers; Merle Haggard; and Willie Nelson.

William "BB" Morse

Rene Lopez

Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson is a 20 year old American singer/songwriter/musician that hails from Spicewood, Tx. Lucas has always had a love for music; spending much of his time, as a small child, with Elvis playing through his headphones. At the young age of 9, Lucas picked up the guitar and his natural skills became immediately evident. As a virtuoso, his skills as a musician have grabbed the attention of many venues and musicians throughout the Austin, Texas area where he's held lengthy residencies at Cedar Street Courtyard; Poodie's Roadhouse; and Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ in Austin, Texas.​

At the age of 12, Lucas began to play open mics at both Angel's Icehouse and Poodie's Roadhouse and the music community began to take notice. Soon, Lucas was asked to step onstage with world class musicians such as Charlie Daniels; John Arthur Martinez; (Western Swing Hall of Famer) William "BB" Morse; "Godfather of Austin Blues" WC Clark; Ty Grimes; Aj Vallejo; Birdlegg; Matt Hubbard; Harold McMillan; Oscar Ornelas; Louis Long; Boomer Castleman; Luis Coutinho; Ru Coleman; and several others. Not only has Lucas had the opportunity to play with a bevy of great musicians, but he has also opened/shared the stage with Joe Ely; Eric Tessmer; Waylon Payne; The Peterson Brothers; Chubby Knuckle Choir; and the Texas KGB. Although Lucas is known for his guitar skills, he is also an extraordinary violin/fiddle player who played with the Lake Travis Fiddlers from the years 2009-2016. 

Lucas' sound can only be described as an eclectic blues/rock tone rich with hints of funk, jazz, classic R&B, and psychedelic overlaying trails that he seamlessly navigates through like the "OLD SOUL" that he is. Johnson's music influences include Jimi Hendrix; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Jimmy Page; Eric Clapton; Robert Johnson; Jimmy Reed; Gary Clark Jr.; Mike Einziger; Jack White; Tom Morello; and Chris Vincent. Lucas has studied music under Anna Macias; Chris Vincent; Elana James; and Damian Green. Lucas recorded his debut full-length album with Grammy nominated producer Phillip Peterson from House of Breaking Glass in Seattle, Washington.

Rene Lopez is a classically trained percussionist and a senior percussion student at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music. He's performed in a wide array of ensembles including but not limited to UT Wind Ensemble; UT Symphony Orchestra; UT New Music Ensemble; UT Opera; UT Percussion Ensemble; UT Steel Pan Ensemble; and various student led chamber groups and has played on big stages including the TMEA All-State convention 3 times (once as a the principal timpanist in the Symphony Orchestra and twice as a student at the University) and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2012.

Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Rene grew up listening to and singing along to the Tejano music that was prevalent in the town. At age 4, Rene was allowed into a percussion class at his elementary school that was only for 4th and 5th graders. In the 2nd grade, he was big enough to carry a drum and was allowed to march. Through the years, Lopez developed quickly and continued music through middle school and high school. Lopez went on to study music through the Texas music education system of marching band with a classical performance emphasis and made his way into UT Austin where he studied under Dr. Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards.

​Although Rene began to study percussion early in life, it wasn't until much later (sophomore year of college) that Lopez added a drum set to his arsenal. With the opportunities available to him at the University of Texas Austin, he's played in a number of jazz combos and plays in several groups not affiliated with the university around central Texas. Rene has also played with notable musicians such as W.C. Clark "The Godfather of Austin Blues" and NAKIA from NBC'S: THE VOICE.