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Having built a devout following in Las Vegas and the Western US, Heers unleashes his images and characters onto his debut Nashville studio record featuring 12 self-penned songs brought to life by an all-star cast.
Led by bandleader Pat McGrath (Jim Lauderdale, Alison Krauss), Western Stars embarks on a breathtaking journey through Country, Americana and Folk Rock.
Western Stars features Dow Tomlin Jr. (Brooks & Dunn) on bass, Mike Rojas (Patty Loveless, Blake Shelton) on keyboards, Drummer Wayne Killius (Big & Rich, Blackhawk), Lead Guitar Mike Durham (Tim McGraw) and Mike Daley (Hank Williams Jr.) on Steel Guitar.
Special guests include Steve Hinson (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson) on Steel Guitar, Deannie Richardson (Vince Gill) on Fiddle and Tammy Pierce (Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney) on background vocals. Western Stars was mastered for radio by Hank Williams at MasterMix Nashville. Available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and at all Zia Records locations in the Southwest
"Western Stars" (Debut Indie Studio Album)
"Dirt Rich" (Single - USA MusicRow CountryBreakout)
"Dirt Rich" (Single - Europe/Australia)
"Cow or Cowboy" (Single - Europe/Australia)
"Beyond" (Single - Europe/Australia)
"Happy Thought" (Single - USA MusicRow CountryBreakout)
"Nowhere Train" (Single - Europe/Australia)
"Sarah the Butterfly" (Single - Europe/Australia)
*Best Country Album Nominee 9th annual Independent Music Awards
*Winner Robert K. Oermann Music Row Magazine Discovery award
*USA Songwriting Competition “Your Son” best country song finalist
*Music Row Power Chart Debut winner for “Dirt Rich”
*#1 song in Europe/Australia for “Cow or Cowboy” (Hotdisc)
*#3 song In Europe/Australia for “Beyond” (Hotdisc)
*#12 song in Europe/Australia for “Dirt Rich” (Hotdisc)
#2 Country Album Internet airplay (Top 50 Internet Roots Report 2010)
*Top 100 Single USA for “Dirt Rich” (CountryBreakout Chart)
*Top 100 Single USA for “Happy Thought” (Country Breakout)
Sarah The Butterfly charting now in Europe 10/2011
Writer/Co-Producer - Sammy Steele - Songs From the Third Cactus 2012 Indie Release
"Dirt Rich" included on Country Dance 2 for Wii (Holidays 2011)
"Dirt Rich" included on Country Dance All-Stars for the XBOX KInect 3/2012
4 Songs from "Western Stars" to be included in the upcoming Motion Picture "Be Strong Be Naked" 5/2012
Chris Heers and the Dirt Rich Band can be seen at venues throughouth the Southwest. Visit the calendar section for tour info. Strong Like Bull!!!