October 17, 2018, 6:00 pm at The Saxon Pub, 1320 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
The Wagoneers came out of Austin, TX, during the
1980s with a sound that quickly attracted a following
among traditionalists as well as the rockabilly crowd.
Opening the floodgates for what was to be known as
'alternative country'. Throwing a fist in the face of
Nashville's manufactured hat-act syndrome, the
Wagoneers created a very loud buzz. A successful
first release on Herb Alpert's A&M Records, Stout &
High, made a big (and in time, historic)Â splash, and the
Wagoneers soon followed up with a second CD. Upon
induction into The Texas Music Hall of Fame, the band
reunited in 2012.
The Wagoneers are: Multi-platinum songwriter Monte
Warden on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Brent
Wilson on lead guitar and contributing backing
vocals, Brad Fordham on bass, and drummer Mas
Chet Flippo (Rolling Stone) called The Wagoneers,
"The Greatest Honky Tonk band that ever was".
Margaret Moser (Austin Chronicle) said they are, "The
Fathers of Alt-Country and Americana". Bob Oermann
(Music Row Magazine) referred to them as, "The band
that started the modern Texas Music scene". Mario
TarradellÂ (Dallas Morning News) called them, "A
mythic and legendary band". Billboard proclaimed, â€œIf
The Clash had been a Country band, they would have
been The Wagoneersâ€. Since reuniting, the band has
recorded an album with Grammy-winning producer
Mark Bright at the helm.