Ticket holders for Jackshit / Tonya Watts will be let in NO EARLIER THAN 9:00, to allow time for patrons of our earlier show to exit.
DOORS OPEN AT 9:00-9:15.
TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT BOX OFFICE AFTER 9:00 IF THE SHOW IS NOT ALREADY SOLD OUT. ($18 cash only).
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Ninety miles south of Bakersfield is a small town called Cochtotan. It’s no different than any other small town; people worry about their jobs, send their kids to school and occasionally marry their cousins. On the weekends, they want to put their troubles behind them and cut loose with a couple of long necked bottles of amber intoxicant. But Cochtotan's luckier than a lot of cities in that regard, as three of their native sons have been providing the townsfolk with the kind of good rockin’ soundtrack that has them humming long after they’ve left the bar and are being put into protective custody. This powerful trio of string bendin’, skin poundin’ musicians have spent years polishing their chops playing six sets a night at the Tufted Nighthatch Tavern and Bird Sanctuary. And now, finally, they are ready to share their secret with the world. That’s right, folks, the pride of Cochtotan is ready to spread its high test hillybilly gospel from coast to coast. Get ready, America. Get ready for Jackshit.
Val McCallum: Currently a member of Jackson Browne's band, Val has also toured or recorded with such notables as Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, Seal, The Wallflowers, Joan Osborne, Ron Sexsmith and many more.
Davey Faragher: Davey has been the bassist for Elvis Costello's backing band The Imposters since 2001. Prior to his association with Costello, Faragher was probably best known as a member of the band Cracker in the early 1990s. Davey has worked much of his career as a session musician, recording with such notables as Dusty Springfield, David Crosby, Olivia Newton-John, The Monkees, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Suzanna Hoffs, Joan Osborne, John Phillips, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello and Buddy Guy.
Pete Thomas: Pete joined Elvis Costello, forming The Attractions in 1977. Pete has worked as a session musician with, among others, Badly Drawn Boy, Tracy Bonham, Jonatha Brooke, Johnny Cash, The Corrs, Sheryl Crow, The Dream Academy, Neil Finn, John Wesley Harding, Joe Jackson, Los Lobos, Joan Osborne, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitte, Ron Sexsmith, Squeeze, Richard Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, and The Waterboys. In 2003 Thomas was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.
Tonya Watts wears her truth on her sleeve. Well actually on her forearm. Literally. Tonya had Truth tattooed on her arm as a reminder to herself and everyone around her what she stands for, and what she lives for… she is addicted to it in life, in art and most importantly in her songs.
Tonya lays her life out in front of you. Fist fightin’, divorce, cheatin’, go-go bars, and her struggle and love for her faith (as in the title track of her debut album, Handcuff My Soul). All of her songs resonate with the clang of a sort of “truth bell” announcing the arrival of a misfit and outcast who knows she does not fit in, and probably does not care because she also knows there is a world of people who feel the same way and she is a voice for those people. The people, who like herself, “know what it’s like to wanna die” but move on and survive, cause “what dosen’t kill them makes them tougher”.
Recently Tonya was featured in Billy Block’s Western Beat Show, including a picture on the cover of the western beat magazine, then wasting no time, she opened for Kid Rock on July 4th in her home state of Alabama. And then back to the Billy Block Show and again on the cover of the magazine, in a night that Billy announced was built around Tonya. A night of southern rock nashville misfits.
In past years Tonya has opened for Alabama, Toby Keith, Deana Carter, and her hero David Allan Coe. She also received attention from the LA Weekly newspaper as she was featured as being on the forefront of a Hollywood Country movement.
Once upon a time Tonya left her southern roots for a Hollywood Dream. She had small parts in some TV shows and movies, including being the double for Pamela Anderson in Barbwire and some Baywatch. Then one day she was cast in a small role in the Barbara Mandrell story. The part was Dolly Parton; one of Tonya’s all time loves. To this day, to hear Dolly talk and sing can bring Tonya to tears. This experience coupled with the inspiration of her southern outcast outlaw Hollywood friends, led her to pick up a guitar and start to tell her story in song.
A Tonya Watts’ song tells a truth that cuts deep, but in that, isn’t afraid to have a good time with a whole lotta rock & roll bangin away with her country twang, tears, anger, and love. If Axl Rose and Dolly Parton had a baby girl that was given up for adoption to be raised by Loretta Lynn and David Allan Coe where it was fed a steady diet of Lita Ford, Motley Crue, and AC/DC, well Tonya Watts just may be that girl.
Tonya Watts is addicted to Truth, addicted to standing up for the outcast, and addicted to music that strives to express those same addictions. She is a true outcast… a true outlaw… and the real deal.
Since returning to the “bible belt”, Tonya has really gotten real with her efforts to help the homeless population of Nashville; bringing attention to the Un-Christian “please help, don’t give” campaign, with her video for her song Cumberland Angels, she has an on-going coat and sock drive through her B. LOVE FOUNDATION, named after a homeless man she met on the streets of Nashville, named Booger Love. Once again, Tonya Watts is the real deal.