LACONIA — The Houston Bernard Band, Boston's premier country music artists, will be performing a night of classic and modern hits at Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m.
Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.
"Loose Change", the first tune Houston Bernard penned for the country band he formed in the winter of 2011, has the Boston-based singer crooning about a seemingly happy-go-lucky barfly who gets pulled into a women's bathroom stall by a couple of ladies on the prowl for a stud. But the whiskey- and weed-soaked good times only last so long, before the loneliness inherent in always chasing the next girl or a better buzz washes over the poor wretch as he emerges from the ladies room to reclaim his seat at the bar.
Much like the chemically enhanced smile plastered on this fella's face hides a deep yearning for a happy life at home, the song's rollicking, bluesy romp masks the sadness of peering in on a man whose only bind is the habitual pursuit of fleeting things. It's a song that will sound tailor made for many of us.
When artist Houston Bernard performs his unique brand of Modern Country Music, he needs to look no further than his family tree for inspiration.
The Boston based musican's uncle and father were known as the Rebel Brothers and were a staple in the Nashville and OKC country music scenes in the 1970s. They played back-up for artists such as Tanya Tucker, Dave Dudley, Wanda Jackson and Sleepy LaBeef, regularly crossing paths and swapping stories with the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Kiss and Willie Nelson. Johnny Bernard (uncle) has written songs for many country artists in Nashville including Reba McEntire.
Houston's Great Grandfather lead his own crusade; he is the notorious gunfighter George 'Bittercreek' Newcomb, a famous outlaw (captured in the Time-Life 'Gunfighters' book) who ran with the Dalton, James and Doolan gangs and was a Most Wanted man in the 1890s. It's this outlaw spirit that Houston carries with him to every show.