The B-Stars / Bio
The B-Stars are a San Francisco-based traditional combo that cooks up a hearty stew of honky tonk and hillbilly hits for your listening and dancing pleasure. With nods to the country and western stars of the late 1940s and 1950s, these sharp-suited jukebox honky tonkers will be singin’ and hillbilly swingin’ ‘til the break of dawn.
The honky tonk stew that became The B-Stars began in 2005 when Greg Yanito left his native rust belt Ohio town and wound up in San Francisco. It wasn't long before he teamed up with upright bassist Eric Reedy and proceeded to dust off old forgotten hillbilly songs. In the process, the two began to bring to life original material that not only tells a story, but sits comfortably right alongside the country music from the middle of the 20th Century. Adding players along the way, The B-Stars began on a mission to get boot heels tappin' and dance floors jumpin’ with that hillbilly bop & swing, the blurry line between jazz and country western music pioneered by the likes of Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Hank Penny, Tommy Duncan, Bob Wills, and of course Hank Williams Sr.
With a debut album produced by Lee Jeffriess, the steel guitar master behind Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, a new 7" vinyl record, a new full length album to be released in fall 2012, three consecutive appearances at Viva Las Vegas, and a slot on the Screamin' Festival in Spain, The B-Stars have begun to establish an international audience that just can’t get enough of that hillbilly beat!
- Band Members:
- Greg-Lead Vocals/guitar, Eric-Bass/vocals, Pierre-guitar, Larry-Non-pedal steel guitar, Billy "Possum"-Drums
- Artist Name:
- The B-Stars
- Home Page:
- Active Since:
- Americana / Honky Tonk / Hillbilly Boogie
- San Francisco, CA
- Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
- Wayne Hancock
- Lefty Frizzell
- The Western Starlanders
- Carl Smith