Dalton & the Sheriffs
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Dalton & the Sheriffs

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Country Rock




"New Sheriffs in town: behind the scenes with one of Boston's country music kings"

One of the rules of the local rock scene has always been that a band shouldn’t play two local gigs at different clubs within two weeks of each other. The logic goes that it waters down the crowd at both shows. Dalton and the Sheriffs break this law on a weekly basis. One of the reasons they’re able to get away with it is that Dalton and the Sheriffs aren’t exactly part of the local rock scene. These guys are cowboys on the wild frontier of the local country scene.

“We have eight shows scheduled in four days this weekend,” says singer Brian Scully. “I’ve just always believed that if you’re doing your job and working hard and playing what people want to hear and bringing in a crowd, it works out.”

It does indeed seem to be working out. Scully cut his teeth in that aforementioned rock scene for nearly a decade, playing in bands he says you wouldn’t remember. “This band right now is a good eight years of being in bands and making mistakes,” he says. When the legendary local rock radio station WBCN folded in 2009, he had a revelation.

“That was a seminal rock station in the U.S., breaking bands left and right, and I think that when that happened, country filled that void for people, and as that sort of thing was starting to happen across the nation, country really added a lot of rock elements to it,” he says.

Scully found that the narrative songs he had been writing his whole life lent themselves to this more rocking country sound. His voice is definitely closer to a grunge growl than a Tennessee twang. He began playing country songs on an acoustic guitar in a bar in Southie. As he built a following, he was also building a band, which in turn led to building even more of a following as he brought the band to the Sunday shows. Eventually this led to residencies at the Bell in Hand on Thursday nights and at Brighton Music Hall on Friday nights, the latter of which has a capacity of nearly 500.

“The one thing that we do is when we find a place, we build a crowd, and that takes a lot of effort. And sometimes that means playing three hours straight to make sure that if you’ve got 50 people in a bar, no one leaves because you took a break,” says Scully. “We keep waiting for people to tell us they don’t want us to play anymore, and it hasn’t happened. We’ve all been in places where people have told us to go home. So for now, we’re just going to keep showing up.”

Taking a 'Backroad' to stardom

With the amount of gigs per year that Dalton and the Sheriffs play, you’d think the band members wouldn’t need day jobs. However, two of the members have careers that required grad school, and with those careers, they prefer to keep a level of anonymity in their music that a name like Dalton and the Sheriffs provides. (Note: None of the guys in the band are named Dalton, and no, none of them are sheriffs as their day jobs.)

“We just tried to keep the two as separate as possible for as long as possible and it’s getting a little bit harder now because we’re playing a lot more high-profile shows and stuff like that,” says Scully. “There’s nothing that we do that we’re embarrassed by, but it’s just one of those things we try not to highlight.”

One of the things that Dalton and the Sheriffs are highlighting, however, is that starting this spring, they’ll release a single each month, leading up to a release party at the House of Blues this summer. Their most recent single, “Flying Down a Backroad,” just cracked the iTunes country 200 charts in November. - Boston Metro

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East of Broadway LP (2013)
Heart on a Sleeve Mixtape (2016)
This is Boston LP (2017)



Five years ago, six guys walked into a nearly empty bar on East Broadway in Southie after a long day of Sunday beach drinking.  Inside, they found Brian Scully, playing a solo mix of acoustic country music in his distinctive sing-a-long style.  All six missed work on Monday.  The next week, they came back -- but this time -- they brought a few friends.  Within a month, Country Sunday was drawing capacity crowds of over 300 every Sunday evening.

Nearly everything that has transpired since can be linked to those six guys on that day, who helped to launch a Boston phenomenon known as Dalton & the Sheriffs.  And what started as an acoustic residency, morphed into a full-fledged band that has played over 250 shows a year for the past three years.  The band's ability to draw huge crowds (an average of 1,000 people attend Dalton & the Sheriffs performances each week) led to multiple direct, same-stage support slots for acts such as Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Thomas Rhett, David Nail, Cole Swindell, LOCASH, Love and Theft, Easton Corbin, Josh Thompson, Jon Pardi, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, Craig Campbell, and Aaron Watson.

The band has released two full albums, East of Broadway (2013) and a full-length mixtape entitled Heart on a Sleeve (2016) and will be releasing their new record, "This is Boston" in the spring of 2017.  The first single off of that mixtape, "Flying Down a Backroad" cracked the top 200 on the iTunes country singles chart.  The band's latest single, "The Real Nashville Star" spent over three weeks in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country pre-order list in June of 2016.

The band has performed up-and-down the East Coast, including multiple main stage performances at legendary Boston venues such as the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, the House of Blues, the Paradise Rock Club, and a six-month residency at the Brighton Music Hall.

The band has landed multiple dates on the Bud Light Down South tour in the Fall of 2016, including the opening slot for Alyssa Micaela, Jon Pardi, and Sam Hunt at the Battle in Bristol between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in September of 2016.

In addition, Scully passed his audition at the famed Bluebird Cafe, where he performs at Sunday Night Writer's Night. Dalton & the Sheriffs has also made appearances at festivals including the 2015 CMA Fest, the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival, as well as nationwide touring of the Toby Keith's I Love This Bar franchises.


Band Members