Church Of The Lazy Bastards

When Clevelanders think of old school outlaw country they think of… well Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, but almost immediately after that, they think of The Church of the Lazy Bastards, mainly since less travel is involved with getting to our shows and they are more reasonably priced. For the last decade, these graying pot-bellied lads have graced several stages at some of the more moderately priced bars, boozatoriums, wineries, restaurants, and front porches in the greater Cleveland area, bringing their own brand of musical distraction from the economic hard times and shit cold weather of our fair city. The musical evolution from backwoods bluegrass to outlaw country has been met with some fan fair and has led to the opportunity to play with such fan acts as, Shooter Jennings, David Allen Coe, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Whitey Morgan, Grace Askew, Wanda Jackson, Lydia Loveless, and T-Model Ford to name just a few. So whether you are young or old, fat or skinny, faithful believer or a fallen sinner, there is always one church waiting with open arms and doors come on out and check out The Church of the Lazy Bastards.

Jake Dunn and the Blackbirds

With a combined group experience of over two decades of live performances in various projects, The Blackbirds have spent the past year playing over 50 shows as well as writing and recording their first full length record "Nowhere Feels Like Home".

Originally from Pomeroy, Ohio, lead singer and primary song writer, Jake Dunn, now resides in Marietta, Ohio with the rest of the band living in the surrounding Mid-Ohio Valley and Columbus. The group is heavily influenced by 70's rock and roll as well as country music artists such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Their sound, while not quite rock and roll or country, sits somewhere in between Americana and Roots Rock, focusing heavily on lyrics and musicianship. Their more contemporary influences include Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Sturgill Simpson, and The Drive-by Truckers.

Jake Dunn & The Blackbirds have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Unknown Hinson, David Childers, Shooter Jennings, Angela Perley and the Howling Moons, Ona, Chris Keesey, Ben Davis Jr., Erica Blinn, Andrea Davidson, and The Horse Traders to name a few. They have played many venues across Ohio and West Virginia, such as: Court St. Grill (Pomeroy, OH), Casa Nueva (Athens, OH), Alrosa Villa (Columbus, OH), Rambling House (Columbus, OH), Melody's (Beckley, WV), The Empty Glass (Charleston, WV), The V Club (Huntington, WV) and The Adelphia Music Hall (Marietta, OH). They have a dedicated and quickly growing fan base who have followed them on the road and have consistently showed their support for the group by attending performances and purchasing music and merchandise at almost every opportunity.

Drums / Jesse Forrest

Guitar / Chuck McPeek

Vocals, Guitar / Jake Dunn

Guitar /Dustin Nash

Bass / Bobby Wheeler


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Shawn Brewster to spin Country records before and between bands.


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