Jonathan Gregg & The Lonesome Debonaires
Jonathan Gregg & The Lonesome Debonaires is a New York City roots-rock style band that opened for They Might Be Giants in the 1990's. The band is fronted by Jonathan Gregg, who played guitar for The Mundanes, a band John Linnell was involved with. They have released three albums.
A "prototype" lineup of The Lonesome Debonaires included John Linnell on accordion and clavinet, and Al Houghton (engineer of early They Might Be Giants releases) on bass. According to a bio on their website, this version of the band "played six gigs with five different drummers in 1985 before succumbing to logistics, mainly Linnell's increasing success with They Might Be Giants and Al's involvement in Dubway Studios."
In 1986, Gregg assembled a new lineup of the band, which included another former member of The Mundanes, John Andrews. This incarnation featured Gregg on lead guitar and vocals, Andrews on guitar, Judd Fuller on bass and Ken Meyer (of Life In A Blender) on drums. By 1989, the band had evolved to a permanent lineup of Gregg, Meyer, guitarist Michael McMahon and bassist Chris Smylie. Linnell made a guest appearance playing the accordion and clavinet on their 1991 album Blue On Blonde.