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If country music’s original outlaws had made their break with Nashville in the post-punk era, it might have sounded a lot like this.” –No Depression

The Famous forge a sound that combines the transcendent roar of punk with the brutal honesty and black wit of traditional country. With echoes of early rock-n-roll, yet still standing firmly rooted in alt-country, The Famous ignite their rousing brand of post-punk Americana honoring a classic country sound while delivering energetic live shows.

Founded in San Francisco by Laurence Scott (vocals/guitar) and Victor Barclay (guitar/backing vocals), and currently based in Oakland, The Famous have played at prestigious venues throughout the Bay Area including Great American Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill and Cafe du Nord, both as headliners and supporting artists such as OK Go, The Toadies, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Robbie Fulks, and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. The Famous have also made appearances at numerous festivals including Toronto’s NXNE, South Park Music Fest in Colorado, SF Giants BrewFest, SF Giants GarlicFest, Peninsula Oktoberfest and Redwood City’s Music in the Park.

The Famous have released three full-length albums – Light Sweet Crude (2005), Come Home To Me (2010) and Ghost Town Parade (2015) and have received airplay on college radio and inclusion on top-rated Americana podcasts such as Roots Rock Radio, Country Fried Rock, Twang Nation, and Americana Rock Mix. They are currently hard at work on their upcoming record slated for late 2019.

For press inquiries or bookings please contact: info [at] thefamous [dot] net

…practically everyone who’s listened to the band’s cheese-free, slightly punkified hillbilly jangle thinks it’s the greatest.” —San Francisco Weekly


Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

Note: The burlesque dancers are unfortunately not included with every show…

…the sort of music that makes one release the demons, both good and bad, and rejoice in the redemptive powers of maximum (country) rock and roll. Rating 10/10. Essential.” –Nine

Live at the Kessler Theater, Dallas

9 out of 10 stars — The Famous deliver the goods straight up with no filler” —Whisperin’ and Hollerin’



“… one of rock’s best-kept secrets.” -National Review

“The Famous successfully combine the transcendent roar of punk with the brutal honesty and black wit of traditional country on Light, Sweet Crude” —Trouser Press

“Distilled from the grains of traditional country but infused with power chords and scorching lead guitar, this audacious album is both out of control and expertly crafted.” —The Owl Mag

“If you’re any kind of roots rock fan, you’d be a eejit to miss this album!” —CD Baby


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