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Does hailing from Texas automatically brand you an "alt-country" band when you leave? Such was the dilemma three Texan friends faced after reuniting in Boston, adding a local Bostonian, and taking the name CASSAVETTES. But after three years, three albums, an armful of awards, and energetic shows with The Allman Brothers, Kings of Leon, and Dr. Dog, just to name a few, does it really matter what people label your music?

Known for energetic, powerful live shows that crackle with the electricity of The Replacements, Old 97s, and The Rolling Stones, Cassavettes (pronounced kass-uh-vets) has turned more than a few heads, locally and beyond -- scooping up “Best Local Band” in the Boston Phoenix reader’s poll, nabbing a Boston Music Award nod for “Outstanding Americana Act” and "Best Roots Act" in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll 2009, and making a splash at South By Southwest 2007 and 2008 in Austin, Texas, the Midpoint Music Festival 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Dewey Beach Music Conference 2008 in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

Extensive touring from the northeast to Nashville and back to their native Texas, as well as hometown gigs headlining The Paradise Rock Club and Middle East Downstairs, helped the group solidify a live persona, which was captured on the recent live album, "Animal Friends." Now, Cassavettes are bringing that raw energy to the studio with Dave Minehan (Paul Westerberg; The Neighborhoods) and Todd Thibaud at the helm. The new record is due out in fall 2009.

Crossbreeding the sounds of The Band and Neil Young with contemporary influences like Superdrag, Nada Surf, and Ryan Adams, the band mixes the sound into a blend of rock, folk, country, and blues. While they’ve drawn comparisons to everyone from The Byrds to Tom Petty to Young himself, the Weekly Dig called Cassavettes’ music difficult to “pin down” -- and that’s exactly how the band likes it. Cassavettes blurs genres musically, while keeping the storytelling element prominent in folk and country lyrics. The Boston Globe said this gives Cassavettes "charm to spare."