Six Springs Presents
Two Tons Of Steel, Will Sexton and Amy LaVere
147 N Plano Rd
Richardson, TX, 75081
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:59 PM)
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
Watch & Listen
Two Tons Of Steel
Two Tons Of Steel : A Texas Treasure
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 Show 1998.
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.
Two Tons of Steel’s reach extends beyond their live gigs. In 2003, the band was filmed during a “Two Ton Tuesday” gig for the IMAX film, "Texas: The Big Picture," which can be seen daily at the IMAX Theatre in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and has been seen as far away as Japan. The band also has been featured as supporting characters in award-winning author Karen Kendall's romance novel, "First Date." They are also featured in several Texas Tourism commercials along with the opening scene for "Austin City Limits."
Two Tons Of Steel, Kevin Geil, Jake “Sidecar” Marchese on Upright Bass, Will Owen Gage on Lead Guitar and Rich Alcorta on Drums continues to push the line between country and punk with its current project “GONE” produced by Lloyd Maines, released in 2017.
The band and Alamo Beer have signed a deal that will bring the two Texas Legends together for the next five years.
Will Sexton and Amy LaVere
Will is a respected artist, songwriter and producer with a list of acclaimed solo albums to his name.
Fate and his talent placed him on stage with local legends at a young age. Will and his big brother, Charlie, started playing together at the Continental Club when Will was 9 and Charlie was 11. Will received early success in Austin and was signed by MCA at age 16.
Will has amassed an impressive collection of songs over the years, releasing his first independent album, Scenes From Nowhere, in 2001, which received a four-star review and was honored in the Top 5 Releases of 2001 by the Austin American-Statesman. Bus Stop Gossip, a previously unreleased recording from 2004, was unearthed and released in 2009 and was followed by Move the Balance in 2010.
Will’s credits as producer and songwriter range from collaborations with Waylon Jennings, Stephen Stills, Joe Ely, Bill Carter and psychedelic pioneer Roky Erikson to Steve Earle and punk legend Johnny Thunders. Will has written for MCA and Almo Irving and recorded for MCA, A&M, and Zoo Entertainment. Will was in the New Folk Underground with David Baerwald, which resulted in the co-produced (w/ David Kitay) Lost Highway release Here Comes the New Folk Underground. Will names Terry Allen and Sheryl Crow hitmaker David Baerwald among his favorite writing partners. 2009 marked the completion of new production credits, including Randy Weeks’ Going My Way, and Ruby James’ CD, Happy Now, co-produced with his brother Charlie Sexton. Will produced the brilliantly crafted Respectable Enemy CD by Curtis McMurtry in 2014.
While keeping old ties deep in the heart of Texas, Will now calls Memphis home with his wife, singer-songwriter Amy LaVere. Will and Amy have been touring and playing together for a couple of years and have a full schedule playing in the U.S. and Europe in the coming months. Their new CD, Hallelujah, I’m A Dreamer is spare and tight, showcasing Will and Amy’s fine playing styles and beautiful harmonies.
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