ABOUT THE BAND
The Houston Bernard Band has shared bills with country superstars like Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tucker Band, and Clint Black. Bernard, born into a family of country musicians in Oklahoma, has assembled a group of musicians in New England that bring vitality and grit to modern country. Their brand of original country music is fresh and hard-hitting. With a captivating performance, Houston and his band can be seen throughout New England and beyond. In December 2019, they released their 4th single, "Lucky Man" off the new album, "Lucky Man". Their singles, “We Made Out” and Wait For It" were picked up for rotation by The Country Network and The Heartland Network. These two networks – with a reach of 30 million and 22 million homes respectively – represent exposure to well over 30 million homes in the United States beginning in September. They have reached other networks as far as Norway and Australia.. More music on the way!
Born in Oklahoma, Houston is a direct descendant of famous gunfighter George “Bittercreek” Newcomb, a member of the infamous Wild Bunch and a most-wanted man in the 1890s. Houston's father and uncle played in country bands with stars like Tanya Tucker and Sleepy Labeef. The two men were a staple in Nashville and Oklahoma Country music scenes known as The Rebel Brothers. Houston draws musical inspiration from his family’s rockabilly, and country roots mixed with the passion and enthusiasm of a well-rounded show with heartfelt ballads and dancing until you drop party anthems.
Guitarist Samuel Crawford lives in Boston, MA. He holds a BA in Music from Manhattanville College and recently participated in a Chris Hemsworth look-a-like contest and lost. Badly. But, he told the HBB's chief blogger, he's taking the punishing defeat in stride and says his guitar playing days will have to continue for now. "I guess I'll keep playing for the foreseeable future. I had hoped that this Chris Hemsworth thing would be my ticket to the big time. You know, big league. I guess it's just not time yet. Gotta hit the gym and work on the pecs a little more. Hemsworth has great pecs."
The rumbling depths, the crushing abyss that is Jameson Stewart's AKA Baby Rains' low-end profundity. There is no beginning to him, he and his bass tone simply are, and always have been. Like the other eldritch creatures found in the great chasm, he has risen up to this world to answer a simple outcry: “More Bass, More Foundation, More Groove, f'stell'bsna throd!” It pleases him so to hear, and see, his minions shout, move, and shake at the command of his instrument. Though he is of the strange and weird, he is not without kindness. He shall always answer your call for more bass solos, your need to feel the groove in your toes, and your desire to shake your money maker. Do not fear him. Rejoice in the splendor of the low register.
Blan Blan was raised by wolves on the frozen tundra of Canada. He learned to play the keyboard by arranging small stones on the ground and smashing them to bits with his bare hands, or is it bear hands? It's hard to tell the difference when the man is in the middle of a searing organ solo, Leslie spinning and drawbars sliding in and out like the pulsating organs of the wild beasts in the springtime who kept him from starving to death and showed him how to survive the harsh landscape that, even now, beckons his furry, frosty soul back to the awesome stillness and the petrifying cold. The swoosh and the preoww of the untamed Blan Blan will chill you to the bone and make you cream your knickers, for it is good, and it is orgasmic.
Whether it was tapping his fingers on a table or opening for Joe Lynn Turner, Ethan Leff could always be found drumming. Starting at the young age of nine, Ethan began his career in Manhattan, New York, eventually performing at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. To further his skills, he fully immersed himself into multiple music programs such as School of Rock, The Collective School of Music and, Berklee College of music. Where in 2019 he earned his degree in drum set performance.