Kate Jacobson and Benjamin Dougherty (Texas Tea)
Jacobson and Dougherty began writing together in 2005 as Texas Tea. Since the band’s inception they have created three albums, two EPs and a B Sides long player. Their first album received critical acclaim and led to two QLD Music Award nominations and two number ones in Brisbane Radio 4ZZZfm’s yearly Hot 100. Texas Tea have gained an underground following in the alt country scene on an international scale. They have toured Australia many times but also frequently tour in Europe with a particular focus on France, where they have strong support.
The duo’s third album was recorded over six days with ARIA winning producer Magoo at his Applewood Lane studios and is by far their best album yet, exploring folk, alt-country and soul, coming out with a timeless record already garnering much acclaim. The latest record continues exploring typical Texas Tea territory of odd folk, country pop and grim narrative.
As song writers both Kate and Ben have been nominated in the APRA PDAs and have also both been independently shortlisted in the prestigious Grant McClennan Memorial Fellowship.
As well as writing, recording and touring as Texas Tea they also hope to turn their attention to writing for film and television of which Ben has some experience, writing scores for several award winning short films.
Ben has been a part of several other Brisbane acts such as The Standing 8 Counts and Vegas Kings and Kate additionally treads the boards as a guitar and keys player for dream pop artist Seja.
'Texas Tea have made a name for themselves for putting a sometimes surreal Aussie spin on both Nashville gothic and soul sounds. This is one of those deals where the band is so far removed from where all this stuff originally took place that they have to be better than simply good for anybody to take them seriously, and they are. NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
‘Jacobson and Dougherty’s voices entwine like late-night cigarette smoke, somewhere out on the ledge with fellow travellers like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.’ THE COURIER MAIL
"... a criminally underrated Australian band ... if Sad Summer Hits doesn’t do great things for them, then the Powers that Be are cruel, maniacal bastards of the greatest disrepute.' SONIC MASALA
‘Kate Jacobson is the closest thing FortitudeValley will get to Gillian Welch’
‘Brisbane’s King and Queen of country'
‘Legends in the making’
‘Stupidly brilliant (really!)’
TIME OFF MAGAZINE
‘… whereas pale imitators might hint at the sick, sad, demented world that they’re writing about, Texas Tea give that world all the vivid quality of Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas, or a sociopath loitering in the background of a David Lynch film.’ BEAT MAGAZINE
'This is an album that I know will define a season for me, it will be one I play years from now and remember this summer, it’s an album that will transcend time but bring me back to the first warm afternoon I heard it.' IT'S MY KIND OF SCENE