The new 45 is here, and we can’t wait to get it into your hands! Featuring a limited edition picture sleeve designed by Todd Myers, and an all-analog recording process, the new tracks showcase dueling steel and take off guitars, in both the traditional western swing and the hillbilly bop styles that the band has honed over the past ten years. We hope you dig it, see ya Friday at the Knockout, with our pals The Haywoods!
10 Year Anniversary Extravaganza! Nov 19 at Verdi Club
Holy mackerel, folks, the band has turned 10 years old this fall! My oh my, and whaddya know, our fearless upright bassist Eric Reedy is also celebrating a major milestone with his 50th birthday, so we have put together a big ol’ birthday bash to celebrate on November 19th at the Verdi Club here in our hometown of San Francisco.
We’ve been earnestly plugging away at this hillbilly swing music for the past ten years, and that effort has taken us up and down the West Coast, to the East Coast, back to Greg’s stomping grounds in the Midwest, to Canada to play the Red Hot & Blue festival, to Spain to play at the Screamin’ festival, to Viva Las Vegas numerous times, to play the inaugural Nashville Boogie, to Beck Rustic’s terrific New England Shakeup Festival, and last year to Austin when we were nominated for an Ameripolitan Artist Music Award. We have released two full length albums and a 6-song EP, put out a couple of releases on vinyl, made a music video, and are about to release a limited edition picture sleeve 7″ single in commemoration of this 10 year anniversary at our birthday bash. Joining us on stage at the show will be some old friends who have been on the B-Star bandstand over the years, and we will be reviving some of those old tunes that we have almost (but not quite) forgotten, so it’s sure to be a site to see and hear….
Thanks to everyone that has come out to see us over the years, bought our records, voted or nominated us, and continues to support traditional roots music here in the Bay Area and beyond, and we hope to see you on November 19th!
The B-Stars are headed to Austin for the Ameripolitan Awards!
Friends, thank you to all that have nominated us, we are pleased-as-punch to announce that The B-Stars have been nominated for a 2016 Ameripolitan Music Award in the “Rockabilly Group” category! We are headed to Austin in February for the awards ceremony and will be performing at a local club during the weekend before (details to come), but for now we would like to ask for your vote: please head on over to the Ameripolitan website and check out all the great bands on this year’s nominee roster. We look forward to seeing a bunch of you in the new year as we will be traveling to new and exciting places around the country, and if your’e in Austin in February, please say hello!
B-Stars in the UK (sort of)
Howdy folks! It’s well overdue that we give an update on the goings-on here in B-Star HQ. We’ve had quite a summer, and thought we should recap a little bit before heading into the home stretch of 2015.
The B-Stars were invited to take part in the inaugural Nashville Boogie festival this past May, and boy did we have a great time! Chris Casello joined us on steel guitar, and although our set time was pushed back almost 2 hours late, it was terrific to see fans that we’ve met over the years stick it out and dance into the wee hours with us. Thank you Jason Galaz for having this little ol’ west coast combo be a part of what is already becoming a great festival! The magazine Rock ‘n’ Roll UK even picked up the story, and we’re delighted that Morgyn Williams included us in his review.
June took us down to Long Beach for the final Ink N Iron festival at the Queen Mary and on the way back we played at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz with our good friends the Carolyn Sills Combo! What a fun night for our Santa Cruz debut. The band played out and about in San Francisco throughout July, capped with a show at Slim’s with Kim Lenz and Cash’d Out, and was asked to play at the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park in August! Not quite knowing what to expect, we rallied the troops up and had Charlie Wallace and Steve Randall sit in for our set on the Bandwagon stage at this 70,000 person music festival ( ok, so perhaps all 70,000 people didn’t come over to catch out set, but that’s a side note). We took plenty of notes on that vintage RV trailer stage, it was perhaps the most interesting stage we’ve performed on to date. And well, Getty Images didn’t quite get our name correct, but oh well!
We have also wished bon voyage to Josh Workman, who has stepped down from the B-Stars band stand. Thanks for playing with us for the past 6-7 months Josh, and good luck!
Stay tuned for upcoming news, folks, Facebook “like” us and keep on the sunny side.
A new season of shows & events for 2015
Howdy friends! It’s been a while since we’ve updated you all on happenings inside B-Star camp, so thought we’d spin the wheel a bit. We’ve been busy booking some great summer shows, including a couple of festivals, and in between that have been working on a new album for you all! This will be our third full-length release, and with any luck should be ready for the picking by the fall or year’s end. The material is, well, you’ll just have to wait and see, but we think you’ll dig it. Look for some returning guest musicians and possibly a couple new ones, and of course keep the dance shoes nearby.
** WE ARE HEADED TO NASHVILLE ! ! ** Yes indeed, the B-Stars will be a part of the inaugural Nashville Boogie Festival at Opryland May 1-2, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our time slot is Saturday night, we really can’t wait! Check out the gig calendar for a few other midwest shows before (Chicago and Louisville). See ya soon!
Finally, we bid adieu to our fine guitar player Pierre Laik, who has left the band. He had a good run with us for a few years and will be missed. Look for a new face or two on the B-Star bandstand in the coming months.
Summertime is here!
Ahh, summer in San Francisco… barbecue, beaches, corn on the cob, oh wait. Fog, cold, and scarves. Never fear, honky tonk fans, our summer lineup of gigs in northern california will keep you all warm and your feet busy as we once again return to Union Square, bring the honky tonk show to the Walt Disney museum in The Presidio, and a few other haunts as the Trio plays a number of gigs around the Bay Area including Forbidden Island Tiki Bar in late June. Our fearless fiddle and steel guitar player will be spending the summer up in the Pacific Northwest, but we will have a sub or two if needed and will welcome him back in time for the close of the official (for the rest of the country) summer season at Bluxome Winery right before Labor Day weekend.
2014 New & Improved!
Hello friends, and welcome to the still new-ish B-Stars home on the inter web range, make yourself at home!
We want to thank so many of you for supporting us at Great American Music Hall in early January, our debut at one of the most incredible live music venues in San Francisco with The Easy Leaves and Bootleg Honeys, what a time we had! Pics from the night are up on our facebook page, so cruise on over there, and find yourself in the crowd and please, tag your friends!
We have begun working on new material for the next record! You can probably expect it to drop late this year, but of course between now and then there will be plenty of opportunities to hear snippets here and there at our live shows, so keep an eye on our website for outings with the full band as well as shows the Trio.
Happy new year!
Heading into Fall
First of all, thanks to all of ya for the overwhelmingly positive feedback on the new video, and for your help sharing it and getting the word out, we really appreciate it! If you haven’t shared it on your social media outet of choice (is there an alternative to Facebook yet?), please do, we’ll be ever-so-grateful!
As we wrap up a gig-filled summer, we can say we sure had a blast performing at Tiki Oasis “Hulabilly” 2013 and want to thank Otto and Baby Doe for having us. If you caught any of the shenanigans at the Clement Rhum room party, oh boy, that was something you won’t see very often. We’re regrouping this fall a little bit, in order to focus some attention on new material, and prepare for a big blowout show in January which will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
Finally, 10″ vinyl copies of “West Coast Special” are still available, but dwindling so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, contact us before they are all gone!
The B-Stars’ Official Video is live!
Well whaddya know! If you are reading this on our newly-redesigned website, chances are you’ve seen our first “professional” video at the top. We are pleased as punch to finally wrap up the editing and show it off to you all. We want to thank everyone that was involved in the process, from the “Squares” to the dancers, our house hosts and of course the terrific crew that put it all together. And of course, thank you to our web designer for seamlessly incorporating it into the site.
Other news: Summer is officially begun, and we started it off right with a performance at the return of the Blue Jean Bop in Fremont, CA, and a performance outdoors on Union Square in the heart of San Francisco. Later this summer, The B-Stars will be taking the show on the road down to San Diego to be a part of the ultra-fabulous Tiki Oasis festival, August 16-18. We will be joining our pals Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, The Lucky Stars, Chris Sprague & His 18 Wheelers, Southern Culture on the Skids, and others for this year’s theme “hulabilly.” We will be playing on Friday early evening, and are available to play for your room part as well, so please spread the word.
Hello friends, and welcome to the all-new for 2013 B-Stars website! We’re super happy to have you all looking at our brand spankin’ new website put together by our extremely talented friend Jennifer May. Welcome to our new home on the interweb range, stay awhile!
What else is new for 2013? The B-Stars on Twitter is another new step into the 21st Century for this group of fellas that lovingly embrace old-timey music, instruments and technology, so make sure to “follow” us and keep up with what our adventures: http://www.twitter/thebstars
We’ve also embarked on putting together an “official” music video which is ALMOST complete – we expect to have a screening party for the short film within the next few months, so stay tuned right here on our website, on our Facebook page, and Twitter feed (see above) for time & location. The video was put together with a handful of our good friends and will be sure to entertain!
The latest album “West Coast Special” has been very well-received and critically praised by critics in the US & Europe. Make sure to check out the “Reviews” to see what people are saying about our latest recording (available on CD, digital download, and 10″ VINYL!), and if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, whaddya waitin’ for?
We are returning to LA in April, on the 19th (opening for Hot Club of Cowtown!!) and 20th, check out the calendar, and get on down to Joe’s. With that, happy new year and we’ll see ya soon in a honky tonk near you!