The Palms Playhouse

Live music venue in Winters, CA


“With a voice like a freight train soundtracked by the warmest twang, Trevor McSpadden … promotes dancing, romance and a western spirit.” —Victoria Stoker, Monterey County Weekly

8:00 PM, Doors at 7:30 PM


Trevor McSpadden grew up in Texas Hill Country, where he absorbed a steady diet of two-step and dance hall music. His love for old-school honky-tonk is the basis for the music he writes and sings now. Between 2008 and 2013 McSpadden served as lead singer for Chicago country institution the Hoyle Brothers, “pushing a solid band toward greatness” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader). Now based in San Diego, he continues to navigate the deep waters of traditional country.

A blast of soulful twang, with frequent Tex-Mex flavors, a crisp rhythm attack in combination with the woozy pedal steel and flanged rhythm guitar of the 70s surround his unfussy singing. Most of his songs deal with familiar bittersweet strains of heartbreak, infidelity, and romantic longing. “The old honky-tonk songs were about the hard, blue-collar life on the road and heartbreak; the central characters were outlaws and antiheroes, and sad ballads were often the norm. Trevor McSpadden is a welcome throwback to that old, classic style” (Frank Kocher, San Diego Troubadour).

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