Circle in a Square is an Austin, Texas based acoustic act consisting of Lana Anderson, Rob Bentley, Aaron Wheeler and Trevor Hickle. Their debut record, which was released in December 2003, spent thirteen weeks on the national Americana Music Chart and over ten weeks on the Roots Rock chart, peaking at number 17. The record received a five star review from the Roots Music Report. The music takes its’ shape and is influenced by Americana, Texas Country, Blues, and Rock. See what people in the industry have said and look at a partial list of venues where they have performed.
Lana Anderson has 19 years experience as a singer/entertainer in the music business. She has toured throughout the United States and parts of Europe logging in well over 1000 shows during the past five years. Lana has performed in such notable venues as: Billy Bob’s Texas, Ft. Worth, The Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, Fain Fair 1993-1997, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo BBQ Cook Off – Houston. She has won such notable awards such as: the National Country Music Associations of America Female Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year along with several state CMAA awards for Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer. Hailing from the rural southeast Texas town of Sour Lake, she developed her traditional roots singing to Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, and George Jones records throughout her childhood. After being pursued by Nashville industry execs, Lana moved to Austin in 2002 to continue a career in independent Texas music. Lana is one of those rare artists who can take tradition and turn it into today.
Rob Bentley has an extremely varied musical background encompassing many styles and musical situations. Rob has performed in 26 states and six European countries, having played in rock bands, country bands, rhythm and blues bands, eighteen piece big bands, jazz combos and duos. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music and later began a Masters degree at the University of North Texas in jazz studies. Rob moved to Austin in 1998 but wasn’t able to spend much time in town while performing on the road 200 nights a year. Currently, Rob has several producers and publishers interested in his music.
Wheeler began his musical education playing trumpet at age 9, picked up guitar
two years later, and went on to learn several other instruments. He played
drums and bass with bands in the Denver area, but took a hiatus from performing
while living in Chicago, where he focused on building a career as a yoga
teacher. After moving to Austin in May of 2003, Aaron decided to return to
a more active role in music, choosing to focus on guitar as his primary
instrument. He began playing with Circle in a Square in February, 2004,
and looks forward to playing a historic concert at the feet of the great
pyramids - in the springtime, perhaps - replete with fawning international media
coverage, and a grandiose laser light show, and dancing camels.
Trevor Hickle has been a stage performer since he was a wee lad. Whether he was acting, singing, playing guitar, bass, or mandolin, his experience has culminated in 25 years of musical diversity. He is as comfortable with acoustic folk as he is with electric blues or alternative funk, but has always had an affinity for jam bands. He has fronted groups that have played from Seattle to South Florida and opened for well know acts such as the Alman Brothers Band, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Pat Travers. Trevor is a native Texan raised in Austin and although he has lived all over the U.S, he always finds his way back home. Trevor joined Circle in a Square in October of 2004 on bass and has already made travel plans for Aaron’s pyramid gig.