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Bill Cardinal / Bio


Waylon Jennings once said,

"If you want to be remembered, don't go to Nashville trying to fit in. Just set yourself down some place and start doing what you do best, and the people will come to you." If you are Bill Cardinal, these are words to live by. If you've seen Bill Cardinal perform, you'll see this is happening.

In an ever-more confusing world of get-up's, gimmick's, and one-hit-wonders that don't stick, Cardinal is an authentic and refreshing swift country kick right where it counts. Singing about real life experiences, Cardinal's backbeat and lyrics offer up refreshing humor, imagery, and darkness that only people like Hank Sr. and the Man in Black would understand.

Raised in the rural countryside of East San Diego County, CA, Cardinal grew up around the hisses and pops of warped vinyl classics like Buck Owens, Townes Van Zandt, and George Jones: a musical landscape that simply cannot be re-invented; a cult-like & dangerous world by today's radio standards.

After visiting Nashville in his early 20's, Cardinal was assured of the current disappointing state of what was once country music Mecca. So Cardinal tightened the screws of his resolve to even greater determination and released '65 More Miles', his debut EP in 2009 and quickly attracted well-received reviews among southern California Press. Since then he’s been nominated at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards for Best Country/Americana Act; and has shared the stage with acts such as The Dave and Deke Combo, Cash’d Out, and Peewee Moore (TX).

With a full-length album due for release in 2011, and plans to tour the Southwest; Bill Cardinal is primed to become an important player in all the comedy and tragedy of the pure country tradition.

General Info

Band Members
Bill Cardinal - Songwriter/Singer/Guitar; THE BAND - Duke Ivy - Drums; Doug Meyer - Pedal Steel; Brendan Malone - Bass Guitar; Andrew Unden - Acoustic Guitar
Artist Name
Bill Cardinal
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Active Since
Country / Honky Tonk / Outlaw Country

Contact Info

San Diego, CA

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  • Merle Haggard
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Buck Owens
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  • Townes Van Zandt