The Story

The Unconventionals are a Sacramento, Ca. area Alt-Country group blending Country, Folk, Blues & CowPunk to create their own style of American Roots Music. Fronted by NorCal singer/songwriter JonEmery, their sound rides the line of rootsy country/folk and interstellar psyche-rock. Their raucous and inclusive live shows prove they know the rules enough to break them, in a traditionally unconventional fashion.  

The Unconventionals are made up of some of the most unlikely of musicians. Mike Bacon (Bass/Keyboards, Recording Engineer) is also, front man, rhythm guitarist and songwriter of Rap/Metal band, "Sour Diesel", JD Vargas (Drums) is also the percussionist for local Bossa Nova Jazz Band "Que Bossa" and the mysterious Steel & Lead Guitarist Bowhall, from parts unknown.  Together, they put their individual & complimentary sound in every song and stretch the boundaries of contemporary Americana.

The Unconventionals will release 6 new songs since 2019's "Wrecked" in their upcoming EP "HeartBroke Motel" where, the "Americana" musical limits are stretched into a more Alt/Country and Psyche/Rock feel with JonEmery tackling a fistful of songs about embracing mental instability. Something all of us surviving 2020 can relate to. 

"HeartBroke Motel" Due April 30th, 2021.

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Awards/Nominations:

  • 2010 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - Dry County Drinkers
  • 2011 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - Dry County Drinkers
  • 2012 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - Dry County Drinkers
  • 2013 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - JonEmery & The Dry County Drinkers
  • 2014 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - JonEmery & The Dry County Drinkers
  • 2016 - "JonEmery - Americana" made www.garyhayescountry.com top 100 albums
  • 2017 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - JonEmery Band
  • 2018 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - JonEmery Band
  • 2019 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - JonEmery & The Unconventionals
  • 2020 - SAMMIE Award Nominee - "Outstanding Alt/Country Artist" - JonEmery & The Unconventionals