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 singer/songwriter JonEmery, their sound rides the line of rootsy country/folk and interstellar jam as they approach their life stories of highways and heartache, with a sense of humor and humility. Coupled with their raucous and inclusive live shows, The Unconventionals prove to be new breed of Alt/Country who know the rules enough to break them, in a traditionally unconventional fashion

Within two years, The Unconventionals have found themselves opening up for The White Buffalo, Mike & The Moonpies, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers,  Reverend Peyton & His Big Damn Band, JP Harris, Dallas Moore, Hellbound Glory, The Nickel Slots and hold a monthly residency at the famed Sacramento live music venue staple, The Torch Club. 

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. 

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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