Noteworthy On The Opry

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Kevin Costner & Modern West’s performance of “Famous For Killing Each Other” AND Lily Costner’s performance of “Malley Mae” will air this weekend on GAC’s “Noteworthy at the Opry”.

GAC Airdates/times below…

· November 17, 2012 8:00 PM CST
· November 18, 2012 12:00 AM CST
· November 18, 2012 10:00 AM CST
· November 18, 2012 5:00 PM CST
· November 20, 2012 8:00 PM CST

More Info & RSVP Here

KCMW In Guitar Aficionado

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Check out this month’s issue of Guitar Aficionado Magazine.
Kevin and the band had a great time talking with them.

“When Kevin Costner started the band Modern West with his old friend John Coinman, his only ambition for the project was that it be fun. Six years, four albums, and scores of gigs later, the success of the group has exceeded his wildest expectations.” – More Here



Kevin Costner’s Interview with Variety

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Kevin recently talked to Variety about Modern West and his musical ventures.

“Costner spoke by phone of the band’s new record, “Famous for Killing Each Other.” Featuring music from the miniseries with further “inspired by” compositions, eight written by Costner, the album reached No. 6 on the soundtrack chart and broke into the top 20 of both the country and indie album charts — all career highs for the band.”

New Music From Sara Beck

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Great news!
Our friend Sara Beck has a new CD coming out!
She’s toured with us and sang on our albums.
Check it out!


Kevin Costner Interview with

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Photo: Bobby Banks/

Photo: Bobby Banks/

Kevin Costner is a Renaissance man in the truest sense. He’s an award-winning actor, director and producer; he has written music for film and television; and he is the frontman of his own band, Kevin Costner & Modern West. In an exclusive interview with, Costner discussed his latest project with Modern West, Famous For Killing Each Other: Music From And Inspired By Hatfields & McCoys, creative influences and musical mentors, among other topics.


Interview and Videos Here

Texas State Fair Rained Out

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“The fair got rained out on the night we were supposed to perform so we played a few songs for an impromptu gathering of people in the catering tent while the rain kept pouring down. We were dying to play.  It was loads of fun even though we were disappointed about not being able to play for a big fair crowd.  I guess you might say we all made the best of it…….and we’re happy the rains came to Texas.  We’ll be back next year.” – John Coinman

State Fair Of Texas This Weekend

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Back in the saddle again!
We’ll be playing the State Fair of Texas this Saturday (9/29) in Dallas.
Are you coming out? RSVP here –

Kevin Costner wins an Emmy!

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Congrats to Kevin for taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Hatfields & McCoys.

Ft Wayne / The Opry / Jackson Miss.

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Thanks to all the new and old fans in Ft. Wayne who endured the late afternoon heat and stuck around for our show at the fairgrounds. We had a great time and thanks also to Jimmy the groundskeeper who let us wander through the abandoned county land next to the fairgrounds. We all hope your drought breaks soon and the rains come down.

We played a short Hatfield/McCoy set at the Opry the night after Ft. Wayne. Both Lillie Costner and Sara Beck joined us on stage. Lillie sang her song “O Mallie May” and Sara sang “I know these Hills”. We also played “Famous For Killing Each Other” for the first time in public. The five song set was soulful and dark – very different from the sets by The Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels. The sold out house seemed to really like what we did. Most people have never heard our songs and are listening to them for the first time.

We drove all night after the Opry to Jackson Mississippi to play Hals and Mals in the downtown area. They served us some wonderful meals both for lunch and for dinner – fried catfish, gumbo, shrimp salad, red beans and rice – mad us feel right at home – Thanks to Jane for taking such good care of us. The sold out house that night was as wild a crowd as we’ve ever played to. The night was hot and humid right after a thunderstorm rolled through an hour before we played – we were all drenched in sweat by the time our set was over. Thank you Mississippi. We’ll be back in November.

Next up…..Oklahoma

See You Around….Sometime

Midwest Highways

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Running a little behind with updates……..great show in Lansing Michigan at the Common Ground Music Festival – big crowd – boats on the river behind the festival grounds…party time.

We left that night and drove into one of our favorite states – Iowa – where we played at the ValAire in Des Moines and then onto Clear Lake to play one of our favorite clubs – the Surf Club.  Some people aren’t familiar with the history of the club so I’ll briefly tell you that the Surf Club is the last place Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens played.  Their plane crashed that night in a snowstorm after the show…February 3, 1959….the guy who gave up his seat?….Waylon Jennings.  Also one of the little towns near Clear Lake is Leland.  We wrote a song about Leland and played it once again to a wonderful exhuberant audience.  Thanks to everyone who came and thanks to everyone who has kept the Surf Club alive all these years and made it into a premiere venue in the Midwest…..The Snyder family, Wayne, Jeff and many others….sorry I can’t remember everyones’ name.

We’re sitting in the bus now at the fairgrounds in Ft. Wayne Indiana having just pulled in from our show last night in St. Charles at the charming historic Arcada theater….rescued in the nick of time from the wrecking ball and well tended by Ron, Rich and Sherry (who took great care of the band and even made chocolate cupcakes for us).

We were going to play the Neon Armadillo here in Ft. Wayne but the club was too small for the demand so we’re doing a semi-outdoor concert here at the fairgrounds – kind of reminds me of my hometown fairgrounds back in Clayton New Mexico where they have the rodeos, the county fair, 4th of July, little league baseball games, and carnivals that leave in the dead of the night.

See You Around…..Sometime – The Modern Westerners