What's a WailOn?
ABOUT THE BAND
WailOn recreates a full 70's era Waylon Jennings and the Waylors stage show and performs the music of Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and the Outlaws of Country - including some of the more modern ones, such as Cody Jinks, Chris Stapleton and more.
Featuring Chris Wiski as "Waylon," the musicians of WailOn have been consistently packing 500 to 800-seat theaters to capacity in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Hampshire since 2015 and look forward to working with you on your show.
Meet the Good Ol' Boys (And a gal)
Lead Waylon, Johnny and Other Vocals; Bass Guitar
Chris Wiski channels that big baritone voice and approach that made Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash the kings of the outlaws. Chris played upright and electric bass and sang Waylon parts with The Spirit of Johnny Cash for five years and also writes, records and performs original music as 3 Star Wiski.
Lead and Backup Vocals; Electric Guitar
Archie also plays with Dogtown Cadillac, The Spirit of Johnny Cash, and The South Street Saints.
Pedal Steel Guitar
"Take it Moon!"
Singer and steel guitarist Kevin Maul was part of Folk greats ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS's band for ten years then toured and recorded with the BURNS SISTERS Band until 2015 . He’s currently doing concerts and festivals with the LUSTRE KINGS, who backed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member WANDA JACKSON. He’s also records and tours with Texas songwriter BILLY ELI and Florida based roots duo the NOUVEAUX HONKIES.
Kevin has performed with Soul/Blues icons the Holmes Brothers and has shared the stage with people like Greg Brown, Tim O'Brien, voodoo blues king John Mooney, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins, dobro master Jerry Douglas, and the Everly Brothers. He's been a frequent guest, along with Robin and Linda Williams, on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio program as well as Mountain Stage, E-Town and Austin City Limits.
"Jessi," "June" and Backing Vocals
Sarah Mitchell has been singing for as long as she can remember, starting out in the church choir with her family when she was a child. Since then her passion for music has only deepened. She’s as comfortable singing a hymn as she is pouring her heart out in the blues or belting out a ballad. She’s thrilled now to join Wailon in bringing you the outlaw country experience.
Lead/Backup Vocals; Acoustic Guitar; Harmonica
Peter Bearup sings lead vocals (Willie Nelson, others), backup vocals and plays acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Tom began studying drums in the third grade and played in the school band, orchestra, and marching band through high school. He played his first gig at a junior high dance in 1967 and continued gigging with various local bands on Long Island.
Tom started college in 1972 and immediately put a band together called Mercy who he played with until graduating in 1976. Mercy included Danny Lewis, Government Mule’s keyboard player, as one of his band mates. After graduating from college Tom went on to to play at many area hotels such as The Concord and Grossingers
In 1979 Tom hooked up with The Jimmy Cummings Band and shared the stage with acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Sonny Rollins, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Throughout the 80’s Tom toured up and down the east coast with many bands. In 91 he moved to Florida where he played with guitarist Jimmy Hawkins formerly of Rio Smokehouse with Steve Gains of Lynard Skynard.
In the early 90’s Tom moved to Chicago and played with Terry James and The Blue Flames, a band who previously had Buddy Miles on drums. Tom eventually found his way back to New York where he continued playing with many bands. In 2016 he recorded the album Lime Kiln Road with Jimmy Eppard who had played guitar with Levon Helm’s later version of The Band.