Outlaw Country Bakersfield Sound


About The Band

A Bakersfield-Inspired Honky-Tonk Country band, based on the music of Merle Haggard and many of his hard driving friends and musical progeny. A very guitar-centric band, featuring Ian Lamson on Lead Guitar (formerly 10 years on the road with Elvin Bishop), Rob Clot on Pedal Steel (30 years as a professional Country Steel Guitarist), Craig Manrique on Drums (formerly with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones), Mike Weiss on Bass (seasoned player from the likes of Honeydust and the Weissman), and Attila Viola on Lead Vocals (formerly involved in the New York City country music scene in the 70s and 80s) has brought together this veteran band of top notch musical artistic talent with a vision of playing this Honky Tonk, upbeat style of Country Music at a higher level with regional and national aspirations.

Band Members

Featuring a seasoned band of Bay Area musical talent:

  • Attila Viola - A smooth, country baritone Lead Vocals and Guitar

  • Ian Lamson - Lead Guitar (formerly 10 years with Rock Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop)

  • Craig Manrique - Drums (formerly with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones)

  • Rob Clot - Pedal Steel & Lead Guitar (a veteran country musician who also has a very extensive IMDB Profile/Catalog)

  • Mike Weiss - Bass (a Bay Area/Marin County seasoned player from the likes of Honeydust, the Weissman)

Influenced by: Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Roy Nichols, Dave Alvin, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams 1&2, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins…

Press Quotes

“They put on great show! The music is a vocal and guitar centric approach with a "honky-tonk" vibe; the lyrics are sung beautifully and the band offers a seriously rollicking good time, providing a very polished, tight and professional evening of entertainment.”



PRESS: Attila Viola
✆ 415.328.2299

BOOKING: Annamarie Sarto
✆ 707.328.6636

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