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Mingo Fishtrap

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Mingo Fishtrap
Background information
GenresSoul, funk
Years active1996 (1996) – present
LabelsBlue Corn Music
  • Roger Blevins Jr.
  • Chip Vayenas
  • Dane Farnsworth
  • Aaron Hatmaker
  • Steve Butts
  • Dan Bechdolt
Past members
  • Scott Davis
  • Mark Gonzales
  • Aeron Riordon
  • Tim Young
  • Paul Elder
  • Michael Duffy
  • Greg Wilson
  • Mikel Urdy
  • Zol Waterhouse
  • Deb Agena (Coldiron)
  • Roger Blevins Sr.

Mingo Fishtrap is a soul and funk band based in Austin, Texas.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] They were formed in the mid-1990s in Denton, Texas. The band consists of Roger Blevins, Jr. (guitar/lead vocals), Chip Vayenas (drums/vocals), Dane Farnsworth (organ/keyboards), Roger Blevins Sr. (bass), Steve Butts (trumpet/flugelhorn), and Dan Bechdolt (tenor saxophone). They have, with a few personnel changes over the years, released six albums and one concert video.


Before a performance in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July 2016, Indy Week's Timothy Bracy wrote, "Long-running Austin soul and funk outfit Mingo Fishtrap features an agreeably accomplished horn-driven sound evocative of everything from Curtis Mayfield to early Chicago. Infectious tunes and plentiful chops figure to make for a crowd-pleasing evening."[8]


  • 1997: Succotash
  • 2000: From the Private Bag
  • 2004: EP2
  • 2005: Yesterday
  • 2006: Live at the Granada
  • 2008: EP3
  • 2010: In the Meantime
  • 2014: On Time[9]


  1. ^ Carolyn Lamberson. "Group's New Orleans Funk Takes Detour Through Austin". Eugene Register-Guard, 6/24/2005.
  2. ^ "Mingo Fishtrap plans McDavid New Years Eve bash". Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12/23/2009.
  3. ^ Ron Williams. "Prepare To Be Funktified With Mingo Fishtrap". The Columbus Packet, 5/1/2011
  4. ^ Casey Phillips. "Q&A with Roger Blevins, Jr., front man of Mingo Fishtrap". Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/5/2011.
  5. ^ Jessica Szafoni. "Mingo Fishtrap bring a funky party to Musikfest". The Morning Call, 8/9/2011.
  6. ^ Chris Riemenschneider. "The BIGGER they are, the HARDER they GROOVE; Horns. Drums. Crowds." Austin American-Statesman, 11/2/2000.
  7. ^ Jim Beal Jr. "Bands rock clubs with groove, noise". San Antonio Express-News, 1/24/2000
  8. ^ Timothy Bracy (27 July 2016). "Mingo Fishtrap: Southland Ballroom". Indy Week. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Record review: Mingo Fishtrap—Yesterday (Manor Productions)". The Austin Chronicle, 9/16/2005.

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