The award-winning Brazos Valley Boys (BVB) have a long and rich history. Started by Country Music Association Hall-of-Famer Hank Thompson, it is one of the premier western-swing bands in the country. Kansan Morey Sullivan worked as Hank’s band leader for many years and before Hank passed, requested Morey keep the band performing and adding to the history of western swing music.
The Brazos Valley Boys have appeared in countless venues around the globe including Lincoln Center in New York, a tour of Russia, Caesars Palace in Vegas, smaller clubs and concerts across Kansas and the U.S. The BVB were named “Country Music Touring Band of the Year” by Billboard/Cashbox Magazine—14 years in a row. They were chosen Western-Swing Band of the year by the Southwest Western-Swing Association.
Morey is a member of five western-swing halls of fame around the U.S. and was elected to the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2022. This eight-piece group plays primarily western swing which is comprised of American roots music of blues, jazz, country and swing. It’s an energetic music with many common musical touch points with KC swing/jazz. During the BVB’s history they have released five acclaimed albums and sold thousands of downloads. Their latest album released in 2021 reached #5 on the International Western Music Association’s chart.
This group of seasoned professional musicians loves performing and interacting with audiences of all ages. Morey Sullivan; Keith Mallory; Joel Day; Bill Dye; Rick Palsmeier; Jeff Culver; Gary Adolph; Bob Walzel.
Brazos Valley Boy’s concert stage performances can range from 60 minutes to 90 minutes or multiple 60-minute sets (max of 3). All performances include original music and historic selections from a broad catalog of blues, jazz, country and big-band swing. Vocals along with featured instrumental soloists are performed.
Basic fee is $8000.00, plus 8 sleeping rooms. It is assumed that the buyer/presenter will provide professional sound and lighting. Any production equipment must meet the requirements of the BVB. If we provide sound and lighting systems, add $1500.00. If venue/buyer/presenter is more than 150 miles from Lawrence KS, published IRS mileage fee will be charged for three vehicles.
Morey Sullivan and the Brazos Valley Boys are experienced educators. Five of the eight band members have music degrees and of that five, two have PhD’s in music. We have given master classes and workshops either with an assembled group or break-out sessions focused on certain musical instruments.
We can also do a 90-minute concert with narrative within the music performance. Master classes can be held ahead of a concert by the band. Syllabus and outlines will be provided.
In conjunction with a performance, as detailed in Program Fee section, a one-day master class with two sessions is $1000.00 per day with one sleeping room for each band member. Sound system must be provided. If we must provide sound the fee is $500, for the system.
Sessions can be held with community bands and choruses. Narrative on the history of roots music including western swing can be done at community groups i.e. Rotary Clubs, Lion’s Clubs etc. Youth organizations would be a focus.