Dust off your cowboy/girl hat, spit shine your boots, iron your overalls, and head on down to the showdown. This year's Honky-Tonk Showdown is our biggest and bestest yet. It's goin' be a gun slingin', foot stompin', beer drinkin', heck-o-good time. And if we're lucky, a bar fight will break out.
Wolf Hamlin & The Front Porch Drifters (from American Idol)
Misisipi Mike & The Midnight Gamblers (from SF)
Jon Emery & Dry County Drinkers (From Sacramento)
and Miss Kay Marie (from Golden West Trio)
Plus: dance contest, pie eating contest, best dressed contest, classic country music trivia, and lots more old-fashioned country fun!
WOLF HAMLIN & THE FRONT PORCH DRIFTERS
Wolf and his rowdy bunch burst on to the national music scene in 2012 after appearing on American Idol season 11 and taking his smokey sweet voice on the road with his outlaw country band The Front Porch Drifters. Wolf, a Kansas boy, grew up working on engine blocks in his living room while Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings records played incessantly. A prolific song writer and story teller Wolf Hamlin brings a new voice and sound to a genre influenced by Willie, Cash, Haggard, Jr. and Jennings. Standing 6' 3" and over 225 lbs. Wolf brings down the house every night with his powerful vocals, contagious energy and a reputation of keeping the party going well after closing time. While Wolf plays the Git-Fiddle, The Front Porch Drifters stay in the pocket for groove stomping diddies, but improvisational violin and guitar solos are a staple in every set. Based out of Livermore, CA the band is looking for venues to deliver there live show mojo...this IS the band your mom warned you about.
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/wolfhamlin
Watch this: http://youtu.be/GN7u9h60nVc
MISISIPI MIKE & THE MIDNIGHT GAMBLERS (from SF)
Call it what you will- 70s country, outlaw country, country boogie, this all-star Bay Area super group play some of the hottest country music you'll hear in these parts. It's raw, it's authentic, it's hardcore country music at its finest.
Featuring the best looking country boys this side of Misisipi Mike: Misisipi Mike Wolf (Misisipi Rider, The Bootcuts), Mike Anderson (Hang Jones, The Cowlicks, 77 el Deora, Tiny Television), Kyle O’Brien (The Earl Brothers), Ian Taylor Sutton (Heartache Sisters), and Kyle Caprista (Chuck Prophet, Elliot Randall, Lia Rose).
Listen here: http://midnightgamblers.bandcamp.com/
JON EMERY & THE DRY COUNTY DRINKS (from Sacramento)
Dry County Drinkers is Sacramento Valley's Premier Honky-Tonk Band! Blending the Country Music Sounds of yesteryear with the parlance of our time. Jon Emery's song writing is influenced by the tongue in cheek lyrics of Jerry Reed and Hank Thompson while capturing the soul and sounds of mid-70's country like Johnny Paycheck and George Jones. The band have been nominated every year since 2010 as Outstanding Country/Americana Band by the local Sammies Committee and have released a handful of EPs and albums.
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/drycountydrinkers
MISS KAY MARIE (from Golden West Trio)
With a soulful Americana voice, singer-songwriter Kay Marie brings the essence of days gone by to the modern stage. Strumming, serenading and yodeling timeless classics and roots-inspired originals, Kay Marie preserves the tradition of authentic country music from honky-tonk to rockabilly and appeals to fans of all ages.
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/kaymarie