BAND DETAIL: Tommy Alverson
TOMMY ALVERSON, known as the "Godfather of Metroplex Honky-Tonks," has long been a dynamic fixture on the Texas music scene and respected by all whom cross his path. He has recently been receiving abundant radio airplay with his hit single "Una Mas Cervesa" and continues to expand his loyal fan base throughout Texas, as well as over seas with his songwriting and soulful performances. Whether he's on a stool solo or with a full band, his talent shines through in every note he sings and plays.
Alverson has shared the stage with Texas legends Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Johnny Gimble, Leon Rausch, Jerry Jeff Walker, Clay Blaker, Gary P. Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Radney Foster, Steven Fromholz, as well as the new outlaws, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Charlie Robison, Cory Morrow, Dale Watson, and nationally renowned singer/songwriter, Jim Lauderdale.
His discography includes Texasongs, a compilation of his first two cassette releases, "From The Heart Of Hill County" and "Always In My Heart", "Live at Ozona", produced by legendary producer Phil York, "Me On The Jukebox", co-produced by Alverson and Lloyd Maines (which contains the hit "Una Mas Cerveza"), and just released in 2001, "Alive And Pickin" which was recorded live at the historic Chatauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie, Texas. Also, Alverson's "Hill Country Here I Come" is featured on the 2001 release Texas Road Trip compilation (Compadre Records). Smith Music Group has just acquired the distribution rights to all Tommy's cds. Smith Music also distributes all the Live at Billy Bob's Texas cd's as well as Cooder Graw, Jason Boland, Cory Morrow and many others.
Tommy Alverson's Texas Music Family Gathering is now in its 7th year. Beginning as a very small get-together in 1998 at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville, where it was voted Best Outdoor Event for 1999 by the Met magazine (Dallas). Gaining momentum every year. it was moved from Stephenville to Smooth Water Ranch in Hico in 2000. The Gathering is a great showcase of Texas music as it brings together the veterans and new talent alike to form a music festival that appeals to a large, diverse audience yet still retaining the feeling the "Texas Music Family". In 2002 the festival was moved to Glen Rose at the Tres Rios River Ranch, where the numbers of fans and friends reached approximately 2,500. In 2003 the numbers rose to 4,000. Tres Rios remains the place the Gathering wants to stay and hopefully will max out at around 5,000 in attendance. This year saw Radney Foster, Johnny Bush, Deryl Dodd, Cooder Graw, Rusty Wier, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steven Fromholz, grace the stage just to name a few.
Among many accolades, Alverson and the band were picked out of all the talent in Texas along with 19 other acts for the Miller Lite -True to Texas campaign in 2000. Alverson has been featured in radio and TV commercials for Dairy Queen, Miller Lite, and Texana Grill. Alverson was also voted The Terry Award's Entertainer Of The Year in 2000.
Tommy's new band consists of long time steel player Ray Austin, Joe Ammons, drums, Jerry Abrams, bass, Thurston Selby, fiddle and vocals, "Dirt" Stinnett, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals. The band has been working hard on the new cd "Heroes and Friends" due out in June of 2004. Several guest artists will be on the new cd, including Rusty Wier, Gary P. Nunn, Mike Graham, Davin James and the lovely Heather Morgan, just to name a few.