Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Bastard Son Comes Home

San Diego native Mark Stuart moved to Austin four years ago for two reasons. “I needed a change. I just had a divorce.” Plus there was that music thing. The singer-songwriter-guitarist was behind country-rock band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, which he formed in ’95, and Austin had a lot more full-time career musicians than San Diego.

“There are over 300 music venues there. A lot of my friends had already moved there....” Stuart namechecks SD refugees Dave Gonzales of the Paladins, Cella Blue of the West Coast Pinups, and Billy Bacon of the Forbidden Pigs. “Rosie Flores was my next-door neighbor.” Stuart and his band had played South by Southwest six times and shared the stage at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnic. “That thing draws 20,000 people.”

Stuart, who moved back to San Diego last month, has written and recorded four BSOJC records, including last year’s Bend in the Road, which was distributed by Dualtone. He says he produces two or three albums a year for other artists. In August, the Bastard Sons song “Train’s Gonna Roll” was featured in an episode of HBO’s True Blood. The BSOJC have opened for Merle Haggard, the Mavericks, Chris Isaak, and Asleep at the Wheel.

“Last year, I spent about 180 days on the road, so I could actually live anywhere.” But, he says his new wife, a Texas native, fell in love with San Diego, which triggered Stuart’s move to La Jolla. “It’s where I was born. As much as I loved the Austin music scene, it wasn’t so amazing that it would keep me from moving home. It’s nice to not have to come home from a tour to 100-degree heat.”

But things are a little different now. The Belly Up was one of the Bastard Sons’ more popular venues before the move. Weekends used to be reserved for original bands, but now cover bands may play the Belly Up on any given Friday or Saturday.

“I’m just trying to get a handle and find out where somebody like me fits in [in the San Diego music scene] and see what venues are still out there. I’m still trying to reconnect with people. I’m going to find out what scene is still here and try and create our own piece of Americana with whatever industry and scene is still here. I think there are plenty of outstanding roots musicians in San Diego, whether the support network is out there or not.”

Stuart says he has regrouped with three members of the Bastard Sons who were with him before the move to Texas. They’ll appear December 19 at the Shakedown.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Finding a different world inside Samarkand Uzbek Café

Don’t miss this overachieving tent restaurant tucked away in a City Heights parking lot
Next Article

Ellen Sturgis Hooper: cited as the most gifted of the Transcendentalist Movement

Ralph Waldo Emerson often commissioned her to write verse for The Dial

San Diego native Mark Stuart moved to Austin four years ago for two reasons. “I needed a change. I just had a divorce.” Plus there was that music thing. The singer-songwriter-guitarist was behind country-rock band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, which he formed in ’95, and Austin had a lot more full-time career musicians than San Diego.

“There are over 300 music venues there. A lot of my friends had already moved there....” Stuart namechecks SD refugees Dave Gonzales of the Paladins, Cella Blue of the West Coast Pinups, and Billy Bacon of the Forbidden Pigs. “Rosie Flores was my next-door neighbor.” Stuart and his band had played South by Southwest six times and shared the stage at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnic. “That thing draws 20,000 people.”

Stuart, who moved back to San Diego last month, has written and recorded four BSOJC records, including last year’s Bend in the Road, which was distributed by Dualtone. He says he produces two or three albums a year for other artists. In August, the Bastard Sons song “Train’s Gonna Roll” was featured in an episode of HBO’s True Blood. The BSOJC have opened for Merle Haggard, the Mavericks, Chris Isaak, and Asleep at the Wheel.

“Last year, I spent about 180 days on the road, so I could actually live anywhere.” But, he says his new wife, a Texas native, fell in love with San Diego, which triggered Stuart’s move to La Jolla. “It’s where I was born. As much as I loved the Austin music scene, it wasn’t so amazing that it would keep me from moving home. It’s nice to not have to come home from a tour to 100-degree heat.”

But things are a little different now. The Belly Up was one of the Bastard Sons’ more popular venues before the move. Weekends used to be reserved for original bands, but now cover bands may play the Belly Up on any given Friday or Saturday.

“I’m just trying to get a handle and find out where somebody like me fits in [in the San Diego music scene] and see what venues are still out there. I’m still trying to reconnect with people. I’m going to find out what scene is still here and try and create our own piece of Americana with whatever industry and scene is still here. I think there are plenty of outstanding roots musicians in San Diego, whether the support network is out there or not.”

Stuart says he has regrouped with three members of the Bastard Sons who were with him before the move to Texas. They’ll appear December 19 at the Shakedown.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

New Tijuana traffic fines: $232 for drunk driving, $388 for speeding

How will average Mexican pay these?
Next Article

Henry Silva’s golden years

“Would you buy a used car from this son-of-a-gun?”
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close