Monte Warden and The Dangerous Few


creature comfort: my record player that was originally my grandparents

best concert you've ever been to: my 1st one...March 1977 Elvis Presley here in Austin (I was 9 years old).

favorite cereal: that they've returned to the ORIGINAL recipe (after years of 'improving' it)...HONEYCOMB

austin go-to: McKinney Falls State Park


Monte Warden won his first of many Austin Music Awards when he was just 15 years old for Best New Band, honoring his rockabilly trio Whoa Trigger!. Warden rode the buzz of that band into his next project – leading (as well as writing all the material for) the even more popular and highly influential, The Wagoneers, which scored a major-label deal with A&M Records after performing at the very 1st SXSW. The Wagoneers’ Stout and High debut was released to worldwide critical acclaim and is widely considered one of the best and most influential country albums of the 80s. His 1994 self-titled solo debut was named one of the 100 best US albums of the 20th century by NME. In addition to his success with The Wagoneers on A&M Records, Warden has been signed to RCA, Watermelon, and Asylum/Warner Records.

Warden’s biggest commercial success has been as a multi-million selling songwriter, landing cuts in major film and television shows, as well as cuts by artists like Kelly Willis, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Bruce Robison, Carrie Underwood, Travis Tritt, and George Strait, to name a select few. Warden co-wrote Strait’s smash-hit, “Desperately”, and in the fall of 2005, the song earned him his first BMI Award for success in the country field. In March 2007, Warden was awarded the prestigious BMI ‘Million-Air’ Award for “Desperately”, signifying over 1 million radio performances.

Warden is a rare two-time member of The Texas Music Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Wagoneers. The Wagoneers reunited in 2012 and have a third album awaiting release.

In 2017, he announced his new project, Monte Warden and The Dangerous Few, a project of all original material that showcases his writing and vocals in the Jazz / Traditional Pop genre that led Paste Magazine to describe as, ‘Warden is creating a sound that never before existed, as if Sinatra was singing the Lefty Frizzell songbook’. The project enjoys a Thursday residency at The Continental Gallery.