We're an upbeat four piece American Roots band out of Austin, featuring fine pickin' and lead and harmony vocals, with interests ranging from Monroe to Leadbelly, Hank Williams to Hot Rize, Bob Wills to Blue Highway, and Scruggs to Johnny Rodriguez.
Shawn Spiars has been playing the 5-string banjo and performing for audiences for over 30 years. Since earning an Associate-of-Arts degree in Bluegrass Music from South Plain College in 1982, he has performed with numerous bands throughout Central Texas including Hard to Make a Living, Sabine River Bend Bluegrass, and Blue Country Grass. His driving banjo style borrows elements from banjo legends Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Alan Munde.
Chip Bach is the “new guy” in the group. Chip cut his bluegrass teeth in North Carolina where he played with popular regional bands such as Roby Huffman and the Bluegrass Cutups, The Brothers in Bluegrass, and the Florida Band, Red and Murphy Henry and Company. A recent “transplant” from Florida, Chip has become known in Texas for his solid mandolin chop and harmony vocals. In May 2019, Chip won first place in the Texas State in the Texas State Mandolin Championship. Chip brings mandolin, guitar, lead and harmony vocals to One Eye Open.
Max is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with majors in guitar and mandolin performance. He started at 8 on classical guitar, but got hooked on Bluegrass a couple years later after seeing Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits. He's been playing in venues in Central Texas and beyond since his early teens.
Max plays in Hot PIckin 57s, One Eye Open and the Eddie Collins & Max Zimmet duo. He also teaches guitar and mandolin in a private studio in Austin Texas. Max finished 3rd in the 2017 and 2018 Texas Flatpicking Guitar Championship. Here's a video of the three winners playing a tune for the audience.
Max has played on stage with Mark Cosgrove (David Bromberg band), Bebbe Gambetta, Sierra Hull, Howard Kalish (Texas Swing Music Hall of Fame), Jon Kemppainen (Squirrel Nut Zippers), among others.