Two Tons Of Steel
1320 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX, 78704
This event is 21 and over
Two Tons Of Steel
Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel
front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that
blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound
with a signature brand of country meets punk.
The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and
quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the
cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year
journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.
Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue
Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead
Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas,
including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in
Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their
Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label,
“Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording
at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday
In 2016, the band marks 21 years of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.”
The summer-long event has drawn more than 180,000 fans since it began its
annual run in 1995. It's has given birth to the very popular "Two Ton Tuesday
Spring Break Show" and "Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show"
The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD
combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first
national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd
Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music
Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006. Two Tons released “Not That
Lucky” in 2009. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Americana Music Charts and
has made Two Tons of Steel a band to watch in 2013.
Along the way, the band has collected a number of awards. To date, Two Tons
has cleaned up at home, winning "Band of the Year" on 12 separate occasions
and "Album of the Year" for its self-titled debut. Two Tons has also been named
"Best Country Band" by the San Antonio Current ten times. Geil also has nabbed
'Best Male Vocal' honors four times.