The Altar Billies
The Altar Billies are one swell rockabilly trio that reside in Orange County, California. They are fronted by guitarist/vocalist Michael W Stand and feature the slappin' upright sound of Johnny X on bass and Chuck Cummings on Drums. The group is keen on playing hits by all of the rockabilly greats that span musical history, as well as newly penned originals. The Altar Billies are one of many bands that have take’n a "liking" to a new and rapidly growing rockabilly and swing trend. Their music is a fancy mixture of something new, with a wonderful sound that’s been around for quite sometime now and is rich with tradition. The group has been playing all over the Southern California area for about 10 years now. They perform their family friendly music for a wide variety of audiences that include both young and old. The Altar Billies have been featured at such venues as The Anaheim Packinghouse, the Orange County Fair, Tustin Street Fair, Orange Street Fair, Fullerton Farmer’s Market, Silverado Canyon Concert Series and are regulars at the Downtown Santa Ana Farmer’s Market. They have also appeared at many clubs in the OC area – including the Anaheim House of Blues, The Coach House and The Observatory. The fellas have had the priveldge of opening up for several legendary rockabilly groups including OC icon Big Sandy, as well as for Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats. The group has 3 full project release beginning with the 2010 self titled CD “The Altar Billies.” In 2014 the group released a 15-song project titled "Head'n out West." This musical venture paid homage to the "fore fathers" of rockabilly while also seeking to push the not so stated boundaries of this unique and underrated genre of music. 2017 found the fellas hitting the trail once again with their latest release: “Long, Long Road.” The Altar Billies are proud to carry the rockabilly torch and keep this musical heritage alive and relevant. They are 3 swell guys that work hard, play together really well and have a good time in the process!