3 Chord Rodeo is an Austin band with deep roots in vintage country music. The band members are all veterans of the Austin, Nashville and California music scenes. We perform regularly on the dance hall and club circuit of Central and South Texas including venues like The Broken Spoke, The Saxon Pub, Mercer Street Dance Hall, Guero’s Taco Bar Oak Garden, Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden, The Little Longhorn Saloon, The Watering Hole Saloon (New Braunfels), Kendalia Halle, The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue (Boerne), Western Edge (Fredericksberg), and Leon Springs (San Antonio). We also keep very busy performing at weddings, private parties and corporate events, and can provide references upon request.
The band was created in 2012 by long-time Austin friends and musicians Bobby Dabbs (lead guitar) and Greg Scarborough (bass guitar and vocals). California native Lauren Ellis (steel, lead guitar and vocals) joined the band shortly after moving to Austin from Nashville, where she toured with Rita Coolidge, Rosie Flores, Rick Trevino and former Monkee Peter Tork. Since then, we have added Nashville sideman and Austin resident, Brent Wilson (rhythm guitar). Brent’s resume includes appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and working with such country music legends as Johnny Bush, Charlie Louvin and Austin’s Wagoneers. Rounding out the band is Austin, Texas native Bill Mansell on drums. Bill has performed with Jubal Clark (Willie’s Picnic ‘79), Bill Carter, The Desires, The Lift, Lou Ann Barton, the Argyles, and Jake Penrod. You never know who may drop in; Earl Poole Ball (piano) and Jon Kemppainen (fiddle) are also regular guest performers.