LIVE on Folk & Beyond with Aer Stephen
Thursday September 15, 2011 6:00 PM
The Dallas Wesley Band is original roots country sound with 21st century soul. Pedal steel cries, fiddle saws, electric guitar runs, upright bass lines, and Dallas Wesley’s one of a kind voice resonate with fans of many genres and can satisfy both a dance floor and a listening room. They first performed together in a Charolottesville, Virginia production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” in 2010. Their natural chemistry and mutual respect for each other led them to reconnect months later as The Dallas Wesley Band, playing original songs written by vocalist Dallas Wesley, bassist Thomas Gunn, pedal steel player Bahlmann Abbott, and lead electric guitarist Dan Sebring.
Dallas Wesley (vocals, rhythm guitar) is originally from South Carolina, but has lived in Lynchburg, Virginia since 2004. He began his music career five years ago with the release of his first solo album before headlining The Dallas Wesley Band. Wesley writes most of the songs in the band’s set list.
Thomas Gunn (upright bass) has been a staple in the central Virginia music scene for years. While his skills with the lead guitar are impressively adept, Gunn’s focus in The Dallas Wesley Band is the upright bass, as well as harmonies, which he adds to most songs in the set. Thomas Gunn is also a well-respected songwriter, and has released two solo albums.
Bahlmann Abbott (pedal steel) is a man of many talents in the Charlottesville area, as he not only owns an architectural firm in town, but also plays the guitar, bass, and pedal steel, which is his main instrument in The Dallas Wesley Band. Abbott also writes songs, records, and has released a solo album.
Dan Sebring’s (lead guitar) name is known in musician circles in the central Virginia area as well. A professional guitar player for over forty years, Sebring has seen and done quite a lot in the music business. Before joining The Dallas Wesley Band, he toured with Modest Mouse, and now balances his role as lead guitarist in the band with teaching guitar for a private school in Charlottesville.
In the short year that the band has been together, they have had many opportunities to connect with thousands of fans, including opening for country performers Travis Tritt and, more recently, Trace Adkins, both in Richmond. Most of their concerts take place in or around the central Virginia area. Saturday, September 17, at 8 PM, you can catch them right here in Charlottesville at C’ville Coffee on the Stage Café, at 1301 Harris Street.