Donny Waits’ musical career began when his sister received a sunburst Johnson guitar as a gift for going off to college. She never played it, so he decided to pick it up and teach himself. After spending a few months learning chords with help from his friends the Williams clan, he immediately began writing his own songs and hasn’t looked back since. His first song was a storytelling ballad in the fashion of his influences Cory Morrow, Robert Earl Keen, and Willie Nelson. “Old Man’s Story” is about an old cowboy on the run from the law after avenging the death of his wife and is featured on his debut EP released December 2007. This first encounter with a ‘pen and pad’ and a guitar set the tone and inspiration for narrative-infused rhythms to come. Songs about hell-bent women, Texas road trips, trains, troubadours, and murder opened the stage for a wild ride at the Donny Waits show and are sure to keep listeners entertained and craving for more.
Donny Waits has been performing since 2004 and began working with a full band in the spring of 2007. He has performed recently at venues such as the Big Texas Dancehall in Spring, Firehouse Saloon in Houston, Armadillo Palace in Houston, Continental Club in Houston, River Road Icehouse in New Braunfels, Rolling Oaks in San Antonio, and Clear Springs in New Braunfels. Significant events have included the 2008 Rowdy Float Trip, Pasadena Cook-off, Summer Jam at the Hearthstone Country Club, and the Scott Todaro benefit at the Gulf Greyhound Park. Donny has opened for Texas talents such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Honeybrowne, and Bleu Edmondson.
Donny Waits’ performances are immediately noted by audiences as professional, energetic, and entertaining.