His uncle and father were known as the Rebel Brothers and were a staple in the Nashville and OKC country music scenes in the 1970s. They played back-up for artists such as Tanya Tucker, Dave Dudley, Wanda Jackson and Sleepy LaBeef, regularly crossing paths and swapping stories with the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Kiss and Willie Nelson. Johnny Bernard (uncle) has written songs for many country artists in Nashville including Reba McEntire.
Houston’s Great Grandfather was the famous gunfighter George ‘Bittercreek’ Newcomb, a famous outlaw (captured in the Time-Life ‘Gunfighters’ book) who ran with the Dalton, James and Doolan gangs and a was Most Wanted man in the 1890s. It’s this outlaw spirit that Houston carries with him to every show.
After years of shopping mall and state fair performances, Houston moved to New York when he was 20 and began developing his own look, sound, and aesthetic. Diving deep into the city’s underground, he championed human rights, free speech, and insouciant sexuality over grinding electro/hip-hop/rock beats. Houston’s solo (and self-booked) world tour kept him busy from 2003 through 2007.
His videos were broadcast all over the world by MTV, LOGO, and other stations. He was featured in magazines and documentaries with artists like the Beastie Boys, Terry Richardson, Nancy Sinatra, Scissor Sisters, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, and Peaches.
Now, Houston is drawing musical inspiration from his family’s rockabilly roots, without sacrificing any of the artistic integrity that made him so well-loved in the first place. Leave it to Houston Bernard, a rebel with outlaw ancestry, to break further boundaries. And have a great time doing it.