Bands will play a combination of their top hits along with their own tributes to the memory of Johnny Cash.
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.
Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as "The Wind Beneath My Wings"). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including "Nashville Rash" from his Hightone debut Cheatin' Heart Attack and "A Real Country Song" from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.
After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.
Just two years after this success, Dale's fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.
Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since and is now releasing his 20th album. His debut on indie label Red House Records, The Sun Sessions was recorded at Memphis' legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash's earliest recordings.
Like the early country legends of the 1950's and 1960's, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.
The Paladins from San Diego, California are the preeminent blues/rockabilly band in America. Founded in the early 1980s by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his high school friend and double bass player Thomas Yearsley, they have recorded nine studio and three live albums, and along the way built a reputation as one of America's hardest-working live bands.
The Paladins started out as a rockabilly band during the rockabilly craze of the early 1980s. Their tagline at the time was "Western & Bop", as they played a combination of rockabilly and vintage country. Their first LP, The Paladins, was produced by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and was released in 1987. They followed that up with Years Since Yesterday, released on Alligator Records in 1989 and produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Mark Linnet. When Let's Buzz came out in 1990 the band was firmly planted as a headliners in showcase music clubs across the country and in Europe. The band soon established themselves a regular festival headliners sharing bills with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Los Lobos. Let's Buzz, "an invigorating blend of rockabilly, blues, rhythm-and-blues and country," was recorded in the Los Angeles studio of 1970s soul star Leon Haywood and is their largest selling record to date. Since that time nine more critically acclaimed albums have come out. Most notably, their 1996 live album, Million Mile Club which, fittingly marked the band's one millionth mile traveled on the road.
To their many fans, the Paladins appeared to have come to an end in 2004, when Gonzalez, who wanted to focus on different musical interests, formed the western-soul band the Hacienda Brothers. During this time Dave Gonzalez liked to refer to the Paladins status as being "on hiatus." Sadly, after the untimely death of Hacienda Brothers band mate and friend, Chris Gaffney, Gonzalez found time for the Paladins to reunite, first in 2010 for a festival in Europe, then again in 2011 for more European events including a small tour. Also in 2011 the band performed their first US date in seven years at the Ink and Iron Festival in Long Beach, then in 2012 at the Doheny Blues Festival. This year once again finds the band headling some select European shows and they will also making a few special reunion appearances in the US including the event "A tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash" on June 14th in Ventura California. Dave Gonzalez has been living in Austin Texas for the past five years where he stays busy, not only performing, but also recording bands and producing records. In between all of that Dave, Tom and drummer Brian Fahey have also gotten together to record some new Paladins tracks. So who knows what the future might bring, but for now, Paladins fans across the globe are just happy that the trio has found time to get together for these rare reunion concerts.
A native of Los Angeles and current resident of Nashville, James Intveld started his career at an early age listening and singing along to his parents' recordings of Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizzell and Elvis. By high school he was he was playing in cover bands and was soon a regular sitting in with the house band at the legendary Palomino Club.
Initially, Intveld worked with his younger brother Ricky and friend Pat Woodward in a band known as the Rockin' Shadows. The group dissolved when Ricky and Woodward left to work with Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band; both later died in the same airplane accident that took the life of Nelson. It was only fate that kept James from getting on that flight. It's a tragedy that cut, and still cuts deeply into his heart and soul.
During the cow punk movement of the '80s, Intveld was working the same clubs as Dwight Yoakam and Rosie Flores, playing his own brand of rockabilly. He so impressed Town South of Bakersfield producers Pete Anderson and Dusty Wakeman that he was included on the second volume of the compilation series.
As a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and sideman, James' name seems to crop up everywhere. He's in high demand for his skills as a player; as adept at the slap bass, slide, steel, and drums as on guitar. He's done everything from playing bass with Dwight Yoakum to lead guitar with the Blasters and most recently with John Fogerty.
Intveld wrote the Rosie Flores hit "Cryin' Over You" as well as all the material on his own first 1996 effort "James Intveld." That was named the best studio recording project and the best country or roots CD of 1996 by California's Music Connection magazine. Intveld successfully produced, arraged, sang, and played all the parts on this magnificent release, dedicated to his brother and best friend, Ricky.
Continuously cast in movies, TV and videos, James was the singing voice of Johnny Depp's character in the John Waters film Cry Baby. Other credits include Sean Penn's directorial debut, "Indian Runner," "Thing Called Love," with River Phoenix, Billy Crystal's HBO production, "#61," and his role starring beside Billy Bob Thorton in the motion picture, "Chrystal".
The AmericansThe Americans perform original rock & roll and traditional American music. Formed in 2010, the Americans have toured all over the United States and shared billing with the likes of T Bone Burnett and Patti Smith. The band accompanied Grammy- and Oscar-winner Ryan Bingham on his Junky Star and Tomorrowland tours in 2011 and 2012.
The Americans recorded "Sweet & Low," an original composition, for the ANTI- Records album Sons of Rogue's Gallery, released in February 2013. Executive produced by Johnny Depp, the album features new music by Keith Richards, Macy Gray, Tom Waits, and Dr. John.
The Americans' music is featured in the Michael Mann-produced film Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington and Chloë Moretz. The soundtrack includes two original compositions by the band: "Kiss Your Eyes" and "When The Blaze Is Blue."
In 2011 the Americans performed at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, accompanying the newlyweds' first dance with a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," followed by a set of original songs, early blues, and rockabilly.
The Americans are: Patrick Ferris (vocals, guitar), Zac Sokolow (electric guitar, banjo), Jake Faulkner (bass), and Tim Carr (drums).
Growing up in Santa Cruz, Tristan "The Kid" Cole-Falek began his upright bass career working with The Chop Tops. Moving South after high school, he signed on with Three Bad Jacks for several years. During this time, he and drummer Nick Colliflower developed a reputation as one of the most thunderous, high energy rhythm sections around. After leaving Three Bad Jacks, the two parted ways for some time while Tristan delved whole hog into American Music with Phil Alvin. Recently reunited by a mutual addiction to high octane rock n roll, Nick and Tristan have once again combined forces, this time with native Oklahoman and exceptionally dynamic front man Clay Coughlan, to bring you Snake Oil Salesmen; a band with a refreshingly diverse sound and high intensity stage show.