The 04 Center welcomes to the 04 Room stage, Austin's own, Cotton Mather & Miranda Dodson!
Cotton Mather is a band that was founded by Robert Harrison of Austin, Texas in 1990. What started as an experimental collaboration with cellist Nat Shelton, had by 1993 evolved into a guitar driven pop quartet. They have drawn comparisons to the Beatles, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Squeeze, and Guided by Voices. In his 2007 book, Shake Some Action, John Borack rated the Kon Tiki album at number 26 of his Top 200 Power Pop Albums of all time, comparing the album to Revolver-era Beatles, Big Star, and The Apples in Stereo. NME suggested Cotton Mather might be "the most exciting guitar pop band since Supergrass."
The group (with the lineup Robert Harrison (guitar and vocals), Whit Williams (guitar and vocals), Matt Hovis (bass) and Greg Thibeaux (drums)) released their debut Cotton is King in 1994 on the short lived ELM label. The follow-up Kon Tiki, was recorded on 4-track cassette and ADAT. By this time George Reiff had assumed bass playing honors and Dana Myzer had taken over on drums. The group's best-known lineup with Harrison, Williams, Myzer and Josh Gravelin (bass) released the seven-song mini-album Hotel Baltimore in 2000 and The Big Picture in 2002. In 2013 and with the same lineup, the group released a new studio single entitled "I'll Be Gone".
Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher got a copy of Cotton Mather's CD Kon Tiki, and was impressed. He helped promote Cotton Mather and asked them to tour with Oasis. The British psych-pop label Rainbow Quartz reissued Kon Tiki in the UK in late 1998, with the song "My Before and After" gaining a fair amount of radio airplay. The band's "Lost My Motto" was featured on Little Steven Van Zandt's The Coolest Songs In The World Vol. 1.
In spring 2012, Cotton Mather reunited to perform as a band in support of the Kon Tiki deluxe CD reissue. The lineup included Robert Harrison, Whit Williams, Josh Gravelin and Dana Myzer.
Although their live appearances were initially intended to be limited engagements, Cotton Mather have continued to perform live as a quartet at high-profile music festivals and special events. Cotton Mather performed at LouFest music festival with The Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr..
After performing shows and making appearances, Cotton Mather have recorded and released a new studio single entitled "I'll Be Gone". In July 2016 the band released Death of the Cool through Star Apple Kingdom.