Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status. He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.
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Born Manuel Antonio Pagan, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 17, 1973. His father was a prominent record producer and artist manager, his mother, a professional dancer, music is in his genes. Got a hand-me-down drum kit from his uncle when he was nine years old, and he was hooked! Paid his way through college playing with multiple bands, including a five-year stint with Los Pies Negros, an internationally recognized Ska band. In the late nineties he moved to Texas and fell madly in love with the sounds of classic country music. One night, while barhopping in Austin, TX., he came across Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at the Continental Club. Right then and there he knew, that was the band he wanted to be in. It took a while, but in the Summer of 2020, that dream became a reality!
Lawrence Cevallos, a native of Houston’s East End, has had a love for music since his parents took him to his first concert at the age of 5. In his teens he discovered the bass guitar and began playing with childhood friend, Jaime Marroquin. Together they started their 3 decade long history with local cowpunk band, The Flamin’ Hellcats. His passion to play music broadened his horizons and opened him up to a variety of different music genres. He has associated himself with, and learned from, renowned roots bassists and good friends, Nick Gaitan and Jason Burns. For the past 5 years he has played upright and electric bass for Nick Gaitan, as well as the honkytonk western swing band, The Broken Spokes. In March of 2022 he earned the spot playing bass for Ameripolitan music legend, Dale Watson, and can currently be seen all around the US wherever Dale and his Lonestars are playing.