CHUCK MEAD & HIS GRASSY KNOLL BOYS / BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH

Honky Tonk Extravaganza

CHUCK MEAD & HIS GRASSY KNOLL BOYS / BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH

JUNCTION 10

Wed, May 21, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

CHUCK MEAD & HIS GRASSY KNOLL BOYS
CHUCK MEAD & HIS GRASSY KNOLL BOYS
After leading several popular '80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville's Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed '90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band's seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. With BR on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville's top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman's Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.

As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show's original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show's Tony-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London's Noël Coward Theatre.

Chuck's new album, Back At The Quonset Hut, was recorded at Nashville's legendary Quonset Hut Studio where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country's greatest tracks. Produced by original BR549 producer Mike Janas and with the participation of students from Belmont University's College of Entertainment and Music Business, the album of classic covers features surviving members of Music Row's original 'A Team' studio musicians as well as guest appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, Jamie Johnson and Bobby Bare. "It's been incredibly liberating to do all these things I've never done before," Chuck says. "I've already gone from the bars of Lower Broadway in Nashville to the Broadway stage, and the upcoming album is one of the most unique and rewarding projects I've ever been a part of. I'm looking forward to where it all brings me next".
BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH
BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH
Mark Stuart, singer-songwriter, and founder of the critically acclaimed band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash was given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself- then personally invited to record songs for his first cd at Cash's home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Stuart is a passionate advocate of keeping the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive, while doing his best to stretch its boundaries. Stuart is a strong believer in taking the music to the people. His constant touring and hard work have built him a loyal grass roots following both in the States and abroad. Stuart and BSOJC have shared the stage with such notables as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, George Jones, and Steve Earle. They have built an international reputation as skilled recording artists and tireless live performers. BSOJC's music has recently found more exposure on the HBO hit television series True Blood and Joan of Arcadia, their four albums have all spent time at the top of the worldwide Americana Charts. Mark Stuart and BSOJC have been a creative force on the Alt-Country/Americana Music scene for the last 15 years. Their latest creative project The "Bluegrass Bastards" is scheduled for release in 2012.
JUNCTION 10
JUNCTION 10
Tolleson-bred singer/songwriter Robert Perez, frontman for local country shitkickers Junction 10, walks into Tempe's Yucca Tap Room. He's carrying a guitar case on a Tuesday night ("I always carry a guitar with me wherever I go") and is, by country standards, one of the real wild cards.

"I'm 6-foot-4, 450 pounds with a Misfits tattoo on my arm," says Perez with a chuckle. "I think it probably jars people, you know?"

Perez's visage may not fit the Nashville mold, but he's among the best country singers west of the Rio Grande. He has a voice that any of the current hunks in hats riding the country charts would kill for: a keening, tequila-soaked tenor equally adept at tear-in-your-beer laments and dusty, rowdy, honky-tonkin' two-steppers that have come to define the best songs in the burgeoning local country scene.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/