MARK STUART- Singer/Songwriter, and founder of the critically acclaimed Alt./Country Americana band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash has shared the stage with such notables as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, George Jones and Steve Earle. He's built an international reputation as a skilled recording artist and tireless live performer. Mark was given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself, then personally invited to record songs for his first cd at Cash's home in Hendersonville,Tennessee. A strong believer in taking the music to the people, his constant touring and hard work have built Stuart a loyal grass roots following both in the States and abroad. Talented enough to share his songs in front of thousands with Willie Nelson and friends at the 4th of July Picnic in Luckenbach, TX and lucky enough to record duets with fans of his music such as Billy Bob Thornton in the Hollywood hills. His songs have been included on several European compilations featuring the groundbreaking artists in American Music, including the well respected "Way Beyond Nashville" and "Beginners Guide to Americana". Stuart is a passionate advocate of keeping the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive, while doing his best to stretch its boundaries. His music has recently found more exposure on the HBO hit television series True Blood and Joan of Arcadia, and his four albums have all spent time at the top of the worldwide Americana Charts. His lastest cd "Bend in the Road" was distributed worldwide by WEA on his own Texacali Records label through a partnership with the Dualtone Music Group out of Nashville. He's been a creative force on the Alt. Country/Americana Music scene for the last 15 years. His latest creative project The "Bluegrass Bastards" is scheduled for release in 2012.
"Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash play modern country music with an "outlaw" edginess, with some of the attitude and some of the swagger of artists we've come to expect from the man in black himself, Johnny Cash, or from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson, to name a few others." Bryan Thomas, Rovi