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Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. He was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash. And was also honored by "the Man in Black" with an invitation to record at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Stuart also received help and encouragement from two other music legends- Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Both were early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.
Since the release of their first cd in 1999, the Sons' quickly proved they were no novelty act. Whether performing in front of thousands at Festivals in the US or Europe, or playing all night in a Texas dance hall, for Stuart it's all about respect. "The Bastard Sons never were-and never will be a Johnny Cash tribute band." It always been about honoring the musical ideals of our heroes. Paying respect to the independent spirit and integrity that made those artists who they are. We do that by making the best, most original music we can. And by continuing to keep the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive.
The Bastard Sons have released five outstanding cd's - Walk Alone, Distance Between, Mile Markers, Bend in the Road, and their latest New Old Story. Their music has been featured in film and television, and included in compilation CD's all over the world. They are based in Austin, TX and continue to tour, record, and make new fans
with every show they play.