We are making a record!!
In 1995, we released our most popular record, "Happy Feet". It was followed by "Souvonica" & "Twisted Desire". It's been 20 years since we've recorded and this new one will be our best yet! Produced by Charlie Sexton and recorded at Churchhouse Studios in Austin, we couldn't be more excited or proud to share these new tunes with you. Mais oui, there will be a little French, Italian, Spanish, and gibberish to go along with the English lyrics. We promise to take you around the world without leaving your home; which is convenient when we can't travel!! Fingers crossed for a Spring 2021 Release!!!
8 1/2 Souvenirs reunited in 2014, after a 20-year break. When the COVID-19 crisis has passed, and if C-Boy's makes it, we will go back to holding our Tuesday residency at C-Boy's Heart & Soul in Austin, TX from 6:30-9, EVERY week!
Kathy Benayoun - vox & percussion
Olivier Giraud - vox & guitar
Dan Walton - piano & accordion
Todd Wulfmeyer - contrabass
Rob Kidd - drums
"Formed in earnest in 1994 by French-born guitarist and singer Olivier Giraud, then buttressed by Glover Gill's piano and accordion skills, 8½ Souvenirs came to local acclaim with happy hours at venerable South Congress speakeasy the Continental Club. A musical confluence of European cafe society and rockabilly, slacker, and jazz fans - the quintet saw the venue's record label release its debut Happy Feet in 1995. Heavily influenced by both jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt ("Souvenirs") and Nino Rota, composer of Federico Fellini's film 8½, the group featured a succession of female vocalists (Kathy (Kiser) Benayoun, Julianna Sheffield, and Chrysta Bell) singing in English, French, and Italian, Giraud sharing lead mic duties. Presaging the 1990s swing and lounge craze, 8½ Souvenirs released Souvonica in 1997 and landed RCA/BMG to put out their third disc, Twisted Desire, in 1999. The group evaporated around the new millennium, but 8½ Souvenirs will always enjoy a firm place in Austin music history." – David Lynch