The Surreal McCoys

The Surreal McCoys are a gritty band of hardcore troubadours who play "Johnny Clash" style cowpunk to sweat-soaked audiences all over the country.

If Howlin’ Wolf and Patsy Cline guzzled moonshine while having snarlin’ backwoods fever sex under the full moon at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Surreal McCoys would be their star-crossed demon seed offspring.

After years in the wilderness, we set aside all our festering recriminations, backhanded accusations, and artistic differences...and guns to concentrate exclusively on making the cowpunk. We polished up the instruments, oiled our chaps, and practiced all three chords, mastering two of them. Since then, we've played all over this land, from the Corn Belt to the Porn Belt.

So be on the lookout for the mighty Surreal McCoys on our never-ending "Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust: One Stop World Tour." It's rolling on and coming to a town near you, to the chagrin of livestock and revenuers everywhere.

It's bound to be a beer-guzzlin, spur-whirlin, bone-crunchin’ good time for the whole family, especially if your family likes campfire sing-alongs, corn liquor, and animal husbandry (and not necessarily in that order).


For over a decade, Jess Klein’s gutsy “tell it like it is” folk pop has been embraced by tastemakers from Tokyo to London, from Australia to her new home state of Texas. Graced with one of the most enviable voices in Americana music – equally at ease with a sultry whisper or a rock’n’roll wail, Klein has released eight critically acclaimed albums and toured the globe, sharing the stage with such greats as Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Shawn Colvin, Alejandro Escovedo, and John Fullbright. Klein has grown into her Texas surroundings easily. No stranger to culture shock, the Rochester, New York native first picked up the guitar and started writing songs while living as a student in Kingston, Jamaica in her late teens. After returning to the states, Klein moved to Boston and began performing locally, releasing her first album, Wishes Well Disguised, independently. After winning the Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest, and garnering several Boston Music Award nominations, she was spotted and signed to Rykodisc. Her first release for the label, Draw Them Near, (3.5 stars, USA Today), launched Klein on a worldwide tour that saw her wow 70,000 attendees at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. Soon after that, Klein joined the songwriter collective Voices on the Verge, along with Erin McKeown, Rose Polenzani, and Beth Amsel. The foursome was featured on Good Morning America performing Klein’s song “Little White Dove” and brought sold out crowds in small theaters across the U.S. to their feet nightly with their blend of harmonies and eclectic styles. Behind a Veil (2012) marks Klein’s second album with Austin based producer Mark Addison, the first being 2009’s critically acclaimed Bound to Love. It digs deeper, chronicling her feelings during a particularly hard year; the loss of her father after a 5 year battle with ALS, a split with a long-time lover, and the self-empowering decision to move forward with no record label.

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