About the B-Stars

The B-Stars have been a fixture in the San Francisco traditional roots music scene since forming in 2006. Inspired by the western swing and early country boppers of the late 1940s and early 1950s, The B-Stars bring the golden age of country & western swing back to the dancehalls and barrooms, so hold onto your hats and bring your dancin’ shoes!

“The current line-up is a five piece capable of putting the bop in your country better than probably anybody since Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys.”
– Country Music People, Nov 2012

The band took root in late 2005 when Greg relocated from his native Ohio stomping grounds to San Francisco and teamed up with upright bassist Eric Reedy to dust off old forgotten hillbilly songs. Shortly thereafter, steel guitar, take-off electric guitar and a swingin’ drummer were added to the project and the band began to bring to life original material that not only tells a story, but sits comfortably alongside the country & western music from the middle of the 20th Century. With two strong songwriters and a few generations’ worth of musical experience, The B-Stars deliver on a mission to get the dance floors jumpin’ with that western boogie beat, straddling the line between rockabilly, jazz and country western music pioneered by the likes of Carl Smith, Lefty Frizzell, Faron Young, Hank Penny, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams Sr.

“Add the B-Stars to that list of bands who make music for the very best reasons and who are so obviously in love with what they do that the infectiousness is catching…”
– Lonesome Highway, Oct 2012
The current lineup features four lead vocalists, acoustic rhythm guitar, steel and electric guitars, country fiddle, a gut string upright bass, and a swingin’ drummer – a minimal but complete country western combo. With two full-length albums of mostly original material, three consecutive appearances at Viva Las Vegas, and showcase performances at The Nashville Boogie, Ink N Iron, Tiki Oasis, and at Spain and Montreal music festivals, The B-Stars have established an international audience that just can’t get enough of that hillbilly beat!

Band Members

  • G Yanito: vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Eric Reedy: vocals, upright string bass
  • Billy Ze: vocals, drums
  • Larry Chung: vocals, steel guitar & fiddle

Discography


Western Hits
(Rust Belt Recordings, 2009)

Behind The Barn with The B-Stars
(Rust Belt Recordings, 2010)

Still Waiting b/w Chicken Fried:  7″ single
(Rust Belt Recordings, 2012)
West Coast Special
West Coast Special
(Rust Belt Recordings, 2012)

Festival Appearances

  • Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival, Las Vegas NV (2009, 2010 and 2011)
  • The Ink N Iron Festival, aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach CA (2011, 2015)
  • The Screamin’ Festival, Spain (2011)
  • Red Hot & Blue Festival, Montreal, Quebec (2012)
  • Tiki Oasis 13, San Diego CA (2013)
  • The Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, Nashville TN (2015)
  • Outside Lands, San Francisco (2015)