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Band bios

Here's the insider info on The Costellophones:

Mark Woodruff
(vocals, drums)

Rick Watson

Roland Salinas
(guitars, backing vocals)

Ed Ferguson
(keyboard, backing vocals)

Chris Bennett

Sometimes, original Costellophones member
John Kelley
sits in on guitar and Mark's son, Alec Woodruff, sits in on bass.

- who are The Costellophones?

The Costellophones are five Austin musicians and Elvis Costello fans. For info on individual band members, see the "Band bios" section on the left navigation of this page.

- Stubb's (August '09)

One of our most fun and exciting gigs ever. We played for the Austin Yelp Elite Squad and had a fantastic turn out with really great fans.


- Emo's (March '09)

The THIRD annual Austin Tribute Band Marathon, this time at Emo's, had about 10 tribute bands. A blast.

- Ego's (March '08)

The second annual Austin Tribute Band Marathon at Ego's; 9 bands, 9 hours.

- The Scoot Inn (10-12-07)

Alec filled in on bass for this gig.

- Brentwood Tavern (8-25-07)

Alec filled in on bass for this gig.

- The Continental Club (7-12-07)

We played The Continental Club for the Nick Lowe CD release party.

- Ruta Maya (6-8-07)

We played with Stone Free (Jimi Hendrix) and Stick 'n' Stones (Rolling Stones). A nice spot for live music. Cool red curtain.

- Ego's (3-17-07)

Some photos from the March gig at Ego's. This was part of the Austin Tribute Band Marathon -- 10 bands in 10 hours. Mark's 15-year-old son, Alec (in weird hat) filled in for Rick on bass.

- how did the band get started?

In April 2006, drummer Mark Woodruff was playing in a band that played two kinds of music (both country and western) called The Carport Casanovas (he always is a front man for the '80s band, Airwave 80s). He always had wanted to play in an Elvis Costello tribute band, so, he put an ad on Austin's craigslist and had two responses within a TWO hours. Bassist Rick Watson joined first in May 2006 (check out Rick's Hogbranch Web site), followed by guitarist John Kelley -- the fabulous bass player for Mysterious Ways (Austin's U2 tribute band). Roland Salinas also played guitar with the band for about a year. Mark's 17-year-old son, Alec, subs on bass when Rick is unavilable. Thank goodness Ed Ferguson came on board in May 2007 to replace the previous keyboard player, who mysteriously vanished without a trace (not kidding). Infamous Austin drummer Kirk McDow currently is sitting in on drums.

- how did the band choose songs?

The band first added what it believed were some of the most classic Elvis Costello songs, such as, "Radio, Radio," "Watching the Detectives," "Pump It Up," "I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea," etc. The early focus was on high-energy, danceable tunes that make you want to move. The band later added some of the slower, passionate songs, such as "Party Girl" and "Alison."

For bookings, we're happy to customize our set lists.


copyright 2009 Mark Woodruff