ABOUT THE BAND
Nominated for Country Act of the Year in 2015 and having opened for Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson, Scotty McCreery, and Pure Prairie League, and performing at colleges, theaters, festivals, fairs, and New England’s most respected country nightclubs, the Houston Bernard Band is enjoying regional success while gearing up to rock the nation, one town at a time.
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. More recently, Houston's father and uncle played in country bands with stars like Tanya Tucker and Sleepy Labeef. The two men were a staple in the Nashville and Oklahoma Country music scenes known as The Rebel Brothers. They regularly crossed paths and swapped stories with the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Kiss, Willie Nelson and more in the 1970s.Houston draws musical inspiration from his family’s rockabilly and country roots mixed with the passion and enthusiasm of a well rounded show with heart felt ballads and dancing til you drop party anthems.
Patrick Dalton is an All-American good ole’ boy who has lived and breathed in the Midwest, the South, and the beautiful Historic east coast of the greatest country on earth…the USA!!! He has played drums for over 15 years, studying under private instructors, Berklee college of music, and cold hard life experience. Patchaz prides himself on pumping love and positive energy into each and every performance. Whether its writing songs, playing drums, hyping audiences, or providing firm handshakes, Patchaz contributes a heartbeat that is relentless and infectious to the Houson Bernard Band…boom, boom…boom, boom!
As far as we know, Sam Crawford grew up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. His first guitar love was blues music. In his teenage years he played guitar til he had blues in his face and blisters on his fingers. He started playing country music sometime in the mid 2000s. He studied jazz and classical music in College, with a minor in philosophy, to keep his ears and his mind open while he trained his brain for the fretboard game. Upon moving to Boston, he befriended two future members of the Houston Bernard Band, bassist Jameson Stewart and keyboardist Ben Blanchard. Together they sought out new musical opportunities and became good friends in the process. Today Sam plays mostly lead guitar in the Houston Bernard Band, but he's been known to play rhythm guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, resonator, loud or soft guitar, slide guitar . . . whatever kind of guitar needs playing! He also covers vocal harmonies and between five and ten square feet of stage depending on the night. He puts his eclectic background to use with the HBB on stage, in the studio, or in writing and rehearsal sessions.