Fear & Whiskey

Formed in Lawrence, KS in 1996.

Upcoming shows

No scheduled events.

Past shows


Current Status: F&W continue to be based in Lawrence and perform regionally, from Chicago to Texas.

Sound description: Dancing music and originals, a blend of honkytonk, rockabilly, hillbilly, and rock n' roll. Think Buck Owens, Ray Price, Wynn Stewart, Elvis, Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnette, The Maddox Bros., with some Nick Lowe, Dwight, and Ventures thrown in.

Influences: Bakersfield and Texas honkytonk, rockabilly, western swing, pubrock.


Bluegrass / Roots, Country / Rockabilly


Name Released Label
No album artwork Songs for Billie Jean Eshliman ep 1997 Self-Released
No album artwork Broken Bottles and Empty Hearts ep 1998 Self-Released
No album artwork 15 Original Sins 1998 Self-Released


1996 first lineup: Junior Barnard (founder), Matt Patterson, Jeff Stoltz, Gary Aslakson.

--Lead guitar, vocals, songwriting: Junior Barnard
--Rhythm guitar, vocals, songwriting: Matt Patterson (1996-98), Bret Dillingham (1998-present)
--Bass: Gary Aslakson (1996-97), Kris Harris (1997-99), Ross Black (1999-present)
--Drums: Jeff Stoltz (1996-97), Bret Dillingham (1997-98), Nick Carroll (1998-99), Paul Lemon
(1999-2000), Will Ivy (2000-01), Paul Lemon II (2001-present)

Honorary FWs, friends who perform with us occasionally: Kit Cole (fiddle), Suzy Ashline (squeezebox), Kory Willis (lap steel, bass when Ross is unavailable); any of Bret's uncles or cousins.

Jeff went to Scotland, Bret switched to guitar, Nick left for pressing business obligations, Will went to Austin, and Paul has stuck with us through rough times. A band is only as good as its drummer!! Meanwhile, other distractions are Bret's work with pop sensations The What Gives, Ross's drumming with The Lonesome Hobos, Paul's illustrious past with KC-based Subpop recording artists Holler, and Junior's work as a founder and organizer of the Twangfest music festival in St Louis (1997-2002).