Musicians with local ties collaborate on new album

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas singer and songwriter who has backed up Grammy-nominated local country legend Billy Joe Shaver as his lead guitarist for nearly 15 years is branching out, dropping his second album titled “Headed Home to Texas.”

Jeremy Lynn Woodall (right) with country legend Billy Joe Shaver. (Courtesy photo)

The album released Friday by Waco native Jeremy Lynn Woodall is in collaboration with another Central Texas native, Steven G. Knight, a 1985 Midway High School graduate, who plays bass guitar and is the musician Woodall credits for getting his musical journey back on track after the death of a bandmate.

Jeremy Lynn Woodall & The Grinders was formed in 2005 but took a hiatus in 2010 when in the middle of recording their second album, drummer Shannon Bright was diagnosed with stage two melanoma.

Bright lost his battle in early December 2011 leading the band to shelve their second album and performances as a band.

It was during that time, that Knight, a long time bassist who performed the 1980's chart hitting Dallas rock band Bellicose discovered Woodall’s work and eventually talked the group into reforming.

"Steve basically came along and picked up the pieces and got me going again. He's been the backbone of this operation since the day he joined,” Woodall said.

This week the band also began work on a new project; a tribute to Billy Joe Shaver titled “Surrogate Son.”

The latest record is available by heading to or on Amazon.