Throughout the 1990's, Maggie Council played with her band, Maggie and the Trashmen of Ybor. The band consisted of Council on vocals, Ray Villadonga (bass), George Harris (guitar), Danny DiPietra (drums), and Jim Beckwith (percussion). - more or less intact through the 90's.
In 2008, Council released her solo album, Not in the House. One of the songs on the album, “Nebraska Avenue”, was a bluesy, acoustic song written by Council while she lived in Southeast Seminole Heights for six years. The song was inspired by the “colorful” neighborhood she lived in.
“...The crackers stand with crack-heads in line at the Texaco / There seems to be room for all down on Nebraska Avenue...” - Excerpt from “Nebraska Avenue” song.
“Nebraska Avenue” picked up airplay on WMNF radio, where the song seemed to resonate with residents.
Throughout her career, Council has played with artists such as James Peterson, James Tokely, Cold Joon and The Bob Snyder Big Band Show. She has shared stages with nationally and internationally known artists such as Acoustic Alchemy, Joan Armatrading, the Band, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert, John Hiatt, Hot Tuna (Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen), Robert Earl Keene, Jr., Rene Marie, Ronnie Milsap, Maura O'Connell, Chris Smither, Al Stewart, the subdudes, Eric Taylor, Townes van Zandt, Paul Thorn, John Wesley, and Warren Zevon.
Council has also done studio session work as well, working on projects as diverse as heavy metal, avant pop, smooth R&B and Italian disco.
Maggie created the Estrofest series of concerts featuring female singer songwriters in Tampa and Miami, and has co-created workshops for undeserved youth on the business of music. She occasionally coaches Rock School at the Patel Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and is also a board member of WMNF radio.
Not In The House