Despite their stylistic differences, Americano and electro share the same rebel/outlaw spirit. After all, when you look and listen to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Skrillex, and LFMAO, there's not much difference in posture or attitude.
No one knows this better than Houston Bernard--a recording artist determined to fuse these genres for once and for all.
Born in Oklahoma, Houston is a direct descendant of famous gunfighter George “Bittercreek” Newcomb, a member of the infamous Wild Bunch and a most-wanted man in the 1890s.
More recently, Houston's father and uncle (for whom he's named) played in country bands with stars like Tanya Tucker and Sleepy Labeef. The constant touring had the two men, known around those parts as The Rebel Brothers, regularly crossing paths and swapping stories with the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Kiss, and Willie Nelson in the 1970s.
After years of shopping-mall and state-fair performances, Houston moved to New York when he was 20 and began developing his look... his sound... his aesthetic. Diving deep into the city's underground, he championed human rights, free speech, and insouciant sexuality over grinding electro/hip-hop/rock beats.
Houston's solo (and self-booked) world tour kept him busy from 2003 through 2007. His videos were broadcast all over the world, by MTV, LOGO, and other stations. He was featured in magazines and documentaries with artists like the Beastie Boys, Terry Richardson, Nancy Sinatra, Scissor Sisters, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, and Peaches.
Now, Houston is drawing musical inspiration from his family’s rockabilly roots--without sacrificing any of the electronic danciness that made him so well-loved in the first place. In his latest works, electric guitars buzz over pulsing dance beats. Synthesizers and drum samples blend with three-part vocal harmonies.
Luscious production on tracks like “Cleopatra Jones”, “Shakey People”, and “Blue Skyline" reveal a new maturity--and a new direction for both dance and country. Leave it to Houston Bernard, a rebel with outlaw ancestry, to break these boundaries. And have a great time doing it.