Rob Leines' music originated in the Southeast within the Appalachian Mountains. With the influence of Country, Rock and Roll, and Blues, his unique Americana sound was born on the hills of Tennessee. Soon after Leines expanded to the west. While welding and metal working for the oil and gas industry along the pacific coast, Rob's music took on a more raw and gritty side. The blue collar lifestyle and southern roots make for a genuine representation of the American songwriter through his music. The Rob Leines Band is a fresh sound, with a rowdy charisma and attitude that country rock needs.
There’s still a few Outlaws left. And no, we’re not talking about 5’4″ guys signed to Big Machine Records, or stadium acts with Ray-Ban Aviators permanently affixed to their faces. We’re talking about the guys who believe the term “Outlaw” is synonymous with fierce independence. We’re talking about guys with door deal gigs and vans, not buses. True Outlaws. And chief among their small, but fervent ranks is singer, songwriter, and frontman Dallas Moore.
Dallas Moore has been around now for many years, mentioned on Saving Country Music many times, but has never had the spotlight squarely affixed upon his position in a dedicated fashion, primarily because heretofore, his recorded output was often met with mixed results. Please don’t take that as a dig at his previous albums. With fierce independence often comes a lack of resources, which presented themselves in some of his early records.
Outlaw artists like Dallas Moore often believe in writing their own songs, and sometimes producing their own records, which doesn’t always allow them the benefit from outside help to take an album or a song from good to great. There’s no major label dough being thrown around here. There’s no highfalutin’ managers to help open doors and secure fat cat underwriters. These are grassroots efforts. It’s of the people. It’s just Dallas and his posse, which at times in the past has meant sometimes things in the studio were a little messy. But they were always real, and they still resonated with lots of people. But you also knew that Dallas Moore was capable of more, and when he showed it, that would be the time to take the conversation with him more national.
A true rebel child of the South, Tonya Watts epitomizes the genuine 21st-century outlaw spirit in country music. Authentic, fearless, strikingly beautiful, the Alabama-born renegade’s mixture of soulful songwriting, impassioned vocal delivery and kicking, hard-edged musicality is downright irresistible.
Watts is a formidable lyricist, an artist who’s penetrating, strikingly original songs range from impassioned romantic laments to withering statements on injustice to roaring honky tonk rockers and dangerously expressive erotic statements. It’s a very powerful creative arsenal, one that has gained the country veteran alliances with such kindred spirits as Jamey Johnson, Deana Carter, David Allan Coe and Hank III.
An accomplished, award-wining singer-songwriter and one of Reverb Nations top ten Los Angeles country acts, Watts has enjoyed an extraordinary career. From professional acting and modeling jobs (she was Pam Anderson’s Baywatch body double, played Dolly Parton in Get to the Heart; the Barbara Mandrell Story) to her ceaseless work as outspoken social crusader (her ongoing efforts to assist Nashville’s homeless riled up a horde of Music City cops and politicians), Watt’s passion and drive are unrivaled. It is her music, though, where this extraordinary woman really excels.
Welcome to Aces country! Banded together in the outlaw territory of Long Beach, California, The Ponderosa Aces are wanted known from north county Los Angeles down to the border for perpetrating our irresistible West Coast Psychedelic Honky Tonk.
Front and center behind behind the beard we’ve got Mike Maddux, strummin’ and croonin’ and growlin’ and stompin’. That powerful voice makes the folks smile and dance, laugh and shout, and maybe shed a tear or two. Then he calls the second number. Pull off your coat and throw it in the corner–Mr. Maddux is singin’ some homespun glory and you’re gonna want to stay for a spell.
The Ponderosa Aces were nominated as “Outlaw Group of the Year” by The Ameripolitan Music Awards and our 2016 independent release “Honky Tonkin’ My Life Away” was called “Pure Country Album of the Year” by The Academy of Western Artists. We’ve been featured in the Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly, The Edge LB, Long Beach Independent, www.wehatepopcountry.com, and our pictures can be seen in post offices up and down the Southland.