Tailgate Poets formed in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas, in 2013. Drummer Martin McCall and guitarist/singer/songwriter Andy Chiles have played together since 1989 with the early Deep Ellum band Hai Tex, and the popular world rock ensemble Ooga Booga. Both bands performed regional venues and festivals including Club Dada, Poor David’s Pub, Denton Arts and Jazz, Houston International and Main Street Festivals. Both drew respectable followings and enjoyed regional airplay.
In addition to veterans McCall and Chiles, Tailgate Poets features newcomer Sandy Hall-Chiles on bass and vocals. Her natural rhythm and solid bass establishes the foundation of the Tailgate Poets sound.
Tailgate Poets' roots-rock style fuses elements of rock, blues, country and jazz into a mix of original songs and a few choice covers. Depending on the venue, Tailgate Poets performs as a core trio or will supplement its lineup with additional musicians. High-energy fun, Tailgate Poets engages audiences with strong rhythms, energetic performances and relevant lyrics.
songwriter, guitar and vocals
Andy has played in Impending Bloom, Watusi, Ooga Booga, Hai Tex, Underdogs, New Jetz, Breeze, High Time Octet and Home. Originally from Long Beach, CA (where he was introduced to early surf and rock), Andy moved to Houston as a teenager and was quickly taken by the sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators and Gulf Coast R&B. Joining bands while still in high school, his love of music lead him to Denton, TX, and the influences of North Texas State University. Tailgate Poets provides the perfect performance platform for his songwriting and wide musical influences.
Winner of the Dallas Carmine Appice Drum Contest, Buddy Magazine named him one of its revered Texas Tornadoes. If it can be beaten, shaken or forced to make noise, Martin has mastered it. He has played with an array of bands and artists including Impending Bloom, Selkie Girls, Ooga Booga, Hai Tex, Hands, Karen Bella, Aurora (and Larry Coryell), Flash to Bangtime, Rhett Butler and Jerry LaCroix. Living just outside the Dallas Metroplex , McCall originally hails from Lamar, MO. Martin's a highly sought-after session musician and drum instructor in the Dallas area.
bass and vocals
The only native Texan of the bunch, Sandy was born in Dallas but spent her early years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where she became entranced by Caribbean sounds. She has been looking for somewhere to sing all her life, and in 2013, she was coerced into playing bass—a Christmas present from her husband. After a year of practice, she joined Tailgate Poets. Her distinctive vocal timbre and harmonies lend an earthy quality. Her bass playing is tight and groove-driven in style of New Orleans funk. Sandy is a retired, award-winning journalism teacher and is building a home in Brenham, TX.