The Quitters are a guitar duo, consisting of a right – side up finger nicer and an upside down flat picker. More importantly they were two of the three founding members of the virtuoso string band, The Waybacks, and one was the long-time guitarist and co-founder of the Americana powerhouse, Houston Jones. Now they play together, on their own, hence the name, “The Qutters”. They deliver a mostly acoustic celebration of flatpack and fingerstyle master, plus vocals, spiced with humor and serendipity.
Originally from New Jersey, Glenn Houston’s (nee Pomianek) guitarist influences range from Albert King to Doc Watson, as shows in his mastery of both the acoustic and electric guitar. He has shared billing with luminaries in the folk, Americana, blues, country, rock and jazz genres far too numerous to list, and has even been a choral vocal performer with the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony! After an illustrious career with several Bay Area Bands, he co-founding the Houston Jones Band, with vocalist Travis Jones, from which he retired last year.
Stevie Coyle’s dad ran a radio station, his granny was a vaudeville pianist, his mother played in a mandolin orchestra, David Lindley rehearsed right next door and gave Stevie his guitar lessons, and the first Hot Tuna album inspired him to begin fingerpicking! After degrees in Theatre and Theology he hit the road with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, doing comedy magic, wire-walking, sword-swallowing and juggling. He has collaborated with Roy Zimmerman for 25 years including folk tribute/parody band, The Foremen, and comedy duo, The Reagan Bros. In 1999 he co-founded The Waybacks and toured with them through 2007. Since then he has released his first solo CD and in 2012 opened his own high-end acoustic guitar shop, Mighty Fine Guitars, in Lafayette, CA.