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Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: A Jambalaya of Gulf Coast Sounds

The Houston group Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man combines elements of rockabilly, swamp pop, conjunto and honky-tonk into a unique Gulf Coast sound that utilizes an atypical assortment of instruments. Gaitan plays upright bass and sings. Roberto Rodriguez III is on the accordion. Bart Maloney plays pedal steel guitar. And Rajiv Grover’s on drums. […]

The Houston group Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man combines elements of rockabilly, swamp pop, conjunto and honky-tonk into a unique Gulf Coast sound that utilizes an atypical assortment of instruments.

Gaitan plays upright bass and sings. Roberto Rodriguez III is on the accordion. Bart Maloney plays pedal steel guitar. And Rajiv Grover's on drums.

Gaitan and his band stopped by to perform a couple songs in Houston Public Media‘s George P. Geary Performance Studio, where Gaitan explained the group's instrumentation before the band played two songs: “210 On My Phone" and “I've Found My Weakness in You.”

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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