Giovannie and The Hired Guns Brought “The Final Exam Tour” to Hautespot in Cedar Park, Texas on Saturday, March 9, 2024



I finally photographed Giovannie and The Hired Guns in the Austin area on Saturday, March 9th, at Haute Spot in Cedar Park, Texas. The band played a phenomenal show, as expected.

Grant Gilbert opened for the guys. Before the show, I researched Grant Gilbert and discovered he and his band are Red Raiders. Being a Texas Tech alum and Red Raider, I was stoked to see them live. I always want to support my fellow Red Raiders. They put on an incredible show—one of the best openers I have seen in a long time. They played a 14-song set that included originals such as “Ain’t From It,” “She Goes Home,” “Turn it Down,” “What’s Stopping Us,” and “Six Pack State of Mind.”

According to Grant, they are a little bit rock and a little bit country, and they put on a hell of a show. I enjoyed their renditions of Gretchen Wilson‘s “Here For The Party” and Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s son “Fortunate Son.”

I hope to see them again headlining one day. They have what it takes as a band to entertain and grow as a household name here in Texas and beyond.


Grant Gilbert Band:

Grant Gilbert – Lead singer + Guitar

Gunner Driver – Drums

Davis Draughon – Bass Guitar

Morgan Baker – Guitar 



Grant Gilbert Setlist:

1.) God and Everybody

2.) Six Pack/Drink

3.) Here For The Party

4.) What’s Stopping Us

5.) Desires

6.) Refugee

7.) Ain’t From

8.) She Goes Home

9.) Turn It Down

10.) Hold On To

11.) Hub City

12.) WYWY

13.) Sundowners

        14.) Fortunate Son


After Grant Gilbert’s killer performance, it was time for Giovannie and The Hired Guns. As I’ve said, they are one of my absolute favorite bands on tour. Every show I’ve seen has been my favorite show I’ve seen of them, and Saturday was no different.

The crowd’s energy shifted into high gear when the band took the stage. Gio and the guys have this uncanny ability to command a crowd and light the stage.  My favorite parts of their concerts are their music, stage presence, and grit. This time, seeing them, they seemed tighter, moved around the stage more, and were emotive. A show I already thought was solid was elevated to another level. The band played some of their best songs, such as “Bad Habits,” “Stay,” “Change,” “I Don’t Mind,” and “Numb,” and my personal favorite is “Overrated.” Song after song of bangers that are all crowd favorites.

Of course, a Giovannie and The Hired Guns show isn’t a Giovannie and The Hired Guns show without a cover of Hinder‘s “Lips of An Angel.” Their shows go by fast because it is hit after hit after hit. By the time they play “Rooster Tattoo,” you want the show to start over and experience it all again.

These guys continue to impress and build their fan base. If you have not seen them live, check them out all over the US this spring and summer. They are anything but overrated.


Giovannie and The Hired Guns Band:

Giovannie Yanez – Lead Vocals

Carlos Villa  – Electric Guitar

Jerrod Flusche – Electric Guitar

Alex Trejo – Bass Guitar, Tuba

Miles Toles – Drums/Percussion



Giovannie and The Hired Gun Setlist:

1.) Bad Habits

2.) Cjhange

3.) Always On My Mind

4.) Lips of an Angle

5.) Change

6.) Shout

7.) Numb

8.) Overrated

9.) Tragos Amargos (Ramon Ayala Cover)

10.) Ramon Ayala

11.) Stay

12.) I Don’t Mind

13.) Pumped Up Kicks

14.) Rooster Tattoo






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