SATURDAY April 8th, 2023
Based out of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Casper McWade and his HonkyTonk Rebels are no strangers to country music. Although from diverse backgrounds, this five-piece band has always shared one common thread, the love of true, homegrown country music. These boys don’t follow suit with the “Nashville” standard, nor do they claim to be part of the “Red Dirt” scene. They simply put it out there the way it was meant to be done.
Casper was introduced to country and gospel music by his family during his childhood. His mother and grandmother both were musically inclined, his mom being a singer in a gospel group and his grandmother a songwriter. It was Bob Wills and Waylon Jennings who influenced him the most, however, regardless of the good upbringings associated with gospel music. 2012 marked Casper’s first Texas radio release “Long Way From Home” and his music has been very well received ever since. His band has been deemed a “Dancehall Favorite” in many areas around Texas and Oklahoma. 2019 was a banner year with Casper having his song “Whiskey” picked up by friend Cody Jinks for the album “The Wanting,” which received critical praise and entered the charts at #1. With lyrical content that will have you ready to party your boots off or a sad tune that will have you wiping your eyes, Casper and the Honkytonk Rebels continue to win over audiences around the globe.
Opening – Tom McElvain
Tried and true Texas troubadour Tom McElvain is a culmination of years of bars and road joints mixed with songwriting cliches, bad life choices, regret, and heartache. Co-writing the songs “Grey” and “Rock and Roll” with Cody Jinks, his sustaining vocals about stories of life, redemption, and survival leaves the listener with an intimate memory of his life experiences.
Country mixed with Rock and Roll Blues best describes Tom’s Americana sound. He is currently writing with other artists and soon to be releasing a book, collaborating music video, and a prequel album “Drifter” leading up to to his newest project “Lady In Red” . With his album “Empty Bottle”, “Redemption” and 2 other EP’s in his portfolio , Tom is striving to tell his story his way in hopes that it will help listeners in similar circumstances find the courage to love, fight, and heal.
Tom’s Texas radio hits “Whiskey Angel and “Favorite Beer” introduced him to a broader and more national audience as a performer. His forthcoming releases on Sol Records will continue to shine a light on this Texas troubadour where he will finally get to tell his tales in song form.