Mark Stuart & the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash have released several CDs containing their own original songs, beginning with a six-song EP in 1998.
“We aren't a tribute band,” said founder/front-man Stuart. “We never set out to be a tribute band.” Yet, the 2006 European release of Walk the Line helped the Bastard Sons book a 30-date European tour. In 2006, the band toured Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Were the Bastard Sons endorsed by the Cash estate?
“We weren't endorsed by the Cash estate,” says Stuart. “We were endorsed by Cash himself...I met him at the House of Blues in Los Angeles in 1998. We were invited to his house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where we recorded songs for our first record. He told us he would be honored if we were his bastard sons.” (read more