Event details

Event details

Western Wednesday #53: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash w/ Nashville Honeymoon
Wed Apr | 5 2023 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Moe's Alley , 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

About This Event

Western Wednesday #53 is coming hot and we're excited to have Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash with special guests Nashville Honeymoon! 

Wednesday, April 5th
Doors: 7pm / two-Step Lesson: 7:30pm / Show: 8pm
$15 in advance / $20 day of the show

Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. 

Stuart was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself and was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.

With the release of their critically acclaimed debut CD "Walk Alone" in 1999, the Bastard Sons quickly proved they were no novelty act. With strong songwriting and great musicianship, the Sons' quickly jumped to the forefront of the growing Alternative Country Music scene. No stranger to the road, their constant touring and hard work have built the band a loyal grassroots following both in the States and overseas.

Whether performing in front of thousands at a festival in the US or Europe, or playing all night in a Texas dance hall, for Stuart it’s all about respect. "The Bastard Sons never were, and never will be, a Johnny Cash tribute band." It's always been about honoring the musical ideals of our heroes, and paying respect to the originality, integrity, and independence that made those artists who they are. Our goal was always to find our own road, and to continue to keep the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive.

Led by songwriting duo Hank Maninger and Lynne Maes, whose shared love of country music led to a creative partnership onstage and off, Nashville Honeymoon plays original tunes built on country, rockabilly, and honkytonk traditions. Lynne and Hank, along with bandmates Tim Wagar and Leor Beary, write songs that honor traditional country music while deliberately pushing its boundaries. Hank’s driving lead guitar, perfectly balanced by Lynne’s true-blue vocals, are - as the old song goes - the right combination. Add tight vocal harmonies, a rhythm section that can play a country shuffle every bit as well as a country rock anthem, and you’ve got a dynamic and heartfelt show every time they hit the stage. 

Please Note: This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.