The Wagoneers came out of Austin, TX during the 1980s with a sound that quickly attracted a following among traditionalists as well as the rockabilly crowd. Opening the floodgates for what was to be known as ‘alternative country’ and throwing a fist in the face of Nashville’s manufactured hat-act syndrome, the Wagoneers created a very loud buzz. A successful and critically acclaimed first release on Herb Alpert’s A&M Records, Stout & High, made a big (and in time, historic) splash, and the Wagoneers soon followed up with a second release. Upon induction into The Texas Music Hall of Fame, the band reunited in 2012.
The Wagoneers are fronted by multi-platinum songwriter Monte Warden on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, with Brent Wilson on lead guitar and signature harmony vocals that have come to epitomize the Wagoneers’ sound. Rounding out the quartet is the crack rhythm section – veteran bassist Brad Fordham and acclaimed drummer and producer Mas Palermo.
Chet Flippo (Rolling Stone) called The Wagoneers “The greatest Honky-Tonk band that ever was.” Margaret Moser (Austin Chronicle) dubbed them “The Fathers of Alt-Country and Americana”. Bob Oermann (Music Row Magazine) referred to them as “The band that started the modern Texas Music scene.” Mario Tarradell (Dallas Morning News) called them “A mythic and legendary band.”
Since reuniting, the band has recorded an album with Grammy Award winning producer Mark Bright. The band is honored to have an ongoing Sunday residency at Austin’s legendary C-Boys Heart and Soul.