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Critically Acclaimed Florida-Based Americana Outfit, Once Great Estate, Release New Single 'Austin'

Photo Credit: Lance Horenbein.

Once Great Estate was formed in 2018 when singer-songwriter-guitarist Tracy Horenbein enlisted the help of four fellow multi-instrumentalists to form a band of Southern misfits. Bassist Jeffrey Chagnon, guitarist-mandolin player F. Matthew Burns, fiddle player-guitarist Christopher Ash, and drummer Steve Burke joined soon after. Although two of the members ended up being a Wyoming transplant and a New Yorker, the members varied and vast musical backgrounds melted together like butter on grits.

They have released one album, an EP, and 5 singles, and perform regularly around the southeast. Their releases have received critical acclaim, with one writer describing the band's Americana sound as "cinematic Southern rock".

Normally an electrified 5-piece, they occasionally perform quieter acoustic shows in more intimate listing rooms. Amped up or traditional, the heartfelt, thoughtful songwriting and musicianship come through in each performance.

The have recently been added to our sister platform, Blues & Roots Radio's, featured artist show with the release of their brand new single 'Austin'

Interviewed recently for Americana Highways, Tracy Hornbein explained about the song, "I was able to attend SXSW this year, which was a cool experience. Not only was it my first visit to Austin, it was my first trip to Texas. Like a lot of great cities, Austin has that co-existence of historic and modern. It creates a great energy that can be seen in the art, food, and music. I also got to spend some time at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch, and see some of his rescue horses. Willie is such a hero and is doing total hero level stuff out there. Two days after I got back to Florida, I wrote this song. I recorded a demo version that was really delicate, and had field recordings of birds in Austin. However, when I started working the song out with the band, it got a bit more lively. I’m really happy with what everyone contributed and how the song turned out." - Tracy Horenbein


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