The Lonestar Retrobates (formerly known as The Lone Star Band) is an eight-piece western swing band based out of Northern California. Their unique fusion of retro swing and West Coast Cow Jazz, where Ella Fitzgerald meets Bob Wills.
The current Lonestar Retrobates members consist of Mylos Sonka on Pedal Steele and Fiddle, Kevin McConnell on Guitar, BE Adams on Vocals,Greg Dunn on Upright Bass, Pete Lind on Drums and Vibes, Brian Campbell on Saxophone, Fiddle Ray on, that's right you guessed it, Fiddle and their newest member Ray "Idaho Slim" Green on Trumphet.
Past regular members have included Texas Playboy steel guitarist Vance Terry, Texas Drummer Boy Johnny Cuviello, and other local luminaries like Tony Marcus, Piper Heisig, Steve Strauss, Bill Wilson, Bruce Stelter and Bryan Gaudchaux. Other regular performers have included Don Burnham of Lost Weekend and Lonesome Chuck Wheeler.
The band has backed up Fred and Rose Maddox, Rusty Warren (Sons of the Pioneers), and Patsy Montana, and has played festivals from Seattle to Grass Valley to San Diego, the California State Fair and many county fairs and TV appearances, as well as headlining The Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace. Trail Boss Mylos Sonka has played Grand Ole Opry road shows with Bill Monroe, toured with mandolinist great Frank Wakefield, and co-founded both Lone Star and the bluegrass band High Country. He has performed with Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, Dan Hicks, the Bob Wills Texas Playboys, Hot Rize, Lost Weekend, and many others.