Grammy Award winner Bobby Flores has recorded and performed with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Red Steagall. He is a multi instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer, and first call session musician and has been featured on over 500 albums, CD’s and singles. Learn more at bobbyflores.com.
During his formative years in Pasadena, Texas (the town on the Houston outskirts that Gilley’s would put on the musical map), Dale Watson began playing the local honky-tonks while still in high school. “I was definitely an outsider,” he says of those days. “All my friends were pretty much an older crowd. The people my age were listening to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. I didn’t necessarily think it was bad—it just wasn’t what connected with me. I grew up with the music my dad listened to. I inherited his record collection, and I’m as big a Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams and Buck Owens fan as he is. Learn more at dalewatson.com
Billy Mata is a Texas music scene veteran with over a quarter-century of making music with his own Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame band, The Texas Tradition. Two time Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the Academy’s Entertainer of the Year award. Billy Mata delivers authentic Western Swing and true traditional country music. Learn more at billymata.com.
Having spent his childhood among legends in Texas honky tonks – and then nearly 20 years with the world-famous band Asleep at the Wheel – Jason Roberts has soaked up the very best of Western Swing and brings his own signature style to this traditional American genre. Two Grammy Awards and three individual Hall of Fame inductions later, to the delight of fans everywhere, Jason has teamed up with world class talents to launch the Jason Roberts Band. Learn more at jasonrobertsband.com
The Merles are a classic country/western swing band based out of Austin, TX featuring Todd Deatherage, Loren Tarnow, Mike St. Clair, Derek Tarnow, and Matt Winegardner. They play a mix of originals and covers by their favorite artists, such as Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, and of course, Merle Haggard. Read more at themerles.com
Young country singer and songwriter Brady Honeycutt is a debut Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist from the Lone Star State of Texas! Brady was born in 1986 and grew up listening to the tunes of George Strait, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Jody Nix and many others alike. At 5 years old, Brady performed live on stage with Western Swing Hall of Fame singer and fiddle player Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys in Midland, Texas. Little did he know, one day he would be following the footsteps of those big names that he had grown up loving. Learn more at bradyhoneycutt.com
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls them “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” while the New York Times, reviewing a live performance in New York City in 2011, describes the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.” Learn more at hotclubofcowtown.com
More than three decades after he picked up a guitar for the first time at age seven, Justin Trevino continues to live up to his name – not only his reputation for musical excellence, but also his first name, chosen by his father. Trevino’s dad, Joaquin, was a hardcore country music fan. He named his son after his favorite songwriter and singer, Justin Tubb. Learn more at justintrevino.com.
Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing – that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie. Learn more at waynehancock.com
Coby Carter, born in Lubbock Texas and raised in eastern New Mexico, grew up to the sound of western swing music. Coby has been honored to get to play with Legends such as: Leon Rausch & Tommy Allsup and the Texas Playboys, Jody Nix and His Texas Cowboys, Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band, Jason Roberts, and Aaron Watson just to name a few. Learn more at cobycartermusic.com
Among Brian Burns’ earliest memories are the sights, sounds, and smells of the Katy Railroad locomotive shop down the street from the house he grew up in… and music. The songs of Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash… those trains and that music… that poet’s wanderlust. Learn more at brianburnsmusic.com
Ronnie Mason is a polio survivor and hopes to inspire other disabled entertainers to take center stage and showcase their talent. Ronnie is a regular performer on the “Johnnie High Country Music Review” where he has shared the stage with past show regular LeAnn Rimes. Ronnie is a three time winner of the show’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” award as voted on by the fans. Learn more at ronniemason.com.