With the arrival of Swallow’s Day in San Juan Capistrano this week, it’s no surprise the Swallow’s Inn is hosting top-notch entertainment all weekend.
The Working Cowboy Band will perform traditional country-western music on Thursday and Saturday night, while acclaimed singer Jann Browne will perform at the venue on Friday evening. In addition, the Road Kill Kings will perform a special afternoon concert from 2-6:30 p.m. on Friday, while the Dalton Gang will play classic rock there at noon on Saturday.
The Working Cowboy Band was founded by singer-guitarist Rick Robledo in 1995 and has been a mainstay on the regional country music scene for more than a decade.
What happens when a band blends traditional country-western, rockabilly and bluegrass with rock ‘n’ roll?
The results more than likely sound something like the intoxicating sound made by Orange County’s own Road Kill Kings.
Given the group’s wide-range of influences and original sound, it’s no wonder that the Road Kill Kings have played in support of such well-known artists as Hank Williams III, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, the Knitters and Big Sandy.
The quintet features fiddle player Mike Stave, singer-guitarist Darren Ellis (a founding member of the James Theroux Band), drummer Mark Obey, lead guitarist Jeremy Long and upright bass fiddle player Randy Cochran. The group’s original and energetic remakes celebrate its Americana influences, with songs such as “Truck Driving Man,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Thrown Out of the Bar” favorites with the band’s fans.
Released in 2007, Jann Browne’s most recent commercial disc “Buckin’ Around” is an authentic set that will please fans of traditional country pioneer Buck Owens, as well as audiences who enjoy contemporary roots music. Browne is a wonderful singer and brings a wealth of style to the 11 timeless Owens gems covered on “Buckin’ Around,” including “Love’s Gonna Live Here” and “I Don’t Care.”
However, the Anderson, Indiana native’s acclaimed career includes a wealth of releases encompassing both honky tonk and singer-songwriter instincts wrapped in blues and other related styles.
The Dalton Gang is a Temecula-based outfit that performs performs classic rock. However, singer-guitarist Gary Dalton, bassist Billy Dalton, keyboardist-guitarist Doc Dalton and drummer Bob Dalton specialize in playing popular bands’ lesser-known songs.
The Working Cowboy Band will perform at Swallow’s Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, at 8 p.m. on March 27 and at 8 p.m. on March 29. Jann Browne will perform at the same venue at 7:30 p.m. on March 28.
Road Kill Kings will play from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on March 28, while the Dalton Gang will play at noon on March 29.
Admission to the shows is free.