The Veers are an Austin, Texas based outfit that dig deep into the history of Texas music for inspiration. The Veers music is a blend of Folk, Country and Indie Rock influences. The Veers feature the rich harmonies and songwriting of Jason Shepherd and Jason Kane White.
Jason Shepherd – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Jason Shepherd has been playing country-infused indie rock in Austin since the late 90s. Drawing from classic influences, he takes an eclectic approach to songwriting by blending accessible melodies and lyrics with unexpected textures and experimental sounds. Hints of the Replacements, the Rolling Stones, the Lemonheads, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Tom Waits and Radiohead can all be found in his writing.
Born in Midland, TX, he moved throughout his childhood before settling in Austin where he picked up guitar and harmonica and began honing his songwriting skills in a handful of Austin bands. He was a founding member and principal singer/songwriter for the Downliners from 2001-2009.
Jason Kane White – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Growing up in West Texas, Jason Kane White never had to search far for inspiration. His Mom and Dad played music by his side from the moment they brought him into the world. By the time he was 15, he was playing lead guitar in smokey bars all over Lubbock.
After his 18th birthday, Jason moved from Lubbock to Los Angeles and spent most of his early years playing lead guitar in rock bands. In 1994, Jason moved to Austin, TX, and slowly started rediscovering his roots. His debut solo album “Corners of My Mind” shares influences from country, blues, folk and rock, and showcases raw, emotional lyrics with melodic guitar.
Waylon, Cash, Willie and Buddy Holly are among Jason’s classic American musical influences.
Mick Southerland – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mick Southerland has been a bass player at heart since he first picked up his first guitar at age eight. Inspired by iconic musicians like The Band’s Richard Danko, Queen’s John Deacon, Famed Motown session players like James Jamerson and Wilton Felder, and David Bowie’s Herbie Flowers, Mick quickly developed a strong musical passion and affinity for the live stage.
Mick grew up in Bryan, TX, playing country, rock and anything else he could wrap his ears around. In 1994, he moved to Austin and began playing with a long line of punk-influenced indie rock and country-tinged bands, including Rattledown, 27 Devils Joking, Downliners, Tammany Hall Machine, The Calm Blue Sea, The Asteroid Shop and The Deaf Ears.
In 2007, Mick was voted 5th best bassist in the Austin Music Awards. His bands have also been voted in the top 10 in several musical categories in the Austin Music Awards.
Pat Brown – Drums
As a drummer in Austin he has backed countless musicians both on stage and in the studio – most notably Bob Schneider, Rory McLeod, comedian Bill Hicks, Carry Bowman, Max Evans, and Chrysalis recording artists Year Zero.
Pat has a great feel for the Veers music, with a great sense of dynamics and energy.
Richard Bade – Keyboards
Richard purchased his first synthesizer when he was 13. Within a few short years, he could be found on stages throughout his home town of College Station, TX with various country, rock, funk, and techno projects. He moved to Austin in the mid 90s and rediscovered his country rock roots and slowly returned to playing the classic sounds of the piano, Hammond, Rhodes, and Wurlitzer.
Richard finds influence in a diverse group of musicians, including Rami Jaffee, Portishead, and Chuck Leavell.