The Wagoneers came out of Austin, TX, during the 1980s with a sound that quickly attracted a following among traditionalists as well as the rockabilly crowd. Made up of Austin favorite Monte Warden on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Brent Wilson playing lead and contributing backing vocals, Craig Allan Pettigrew on bass, and drummer Massimo Palermo, the Wagoneers opened the floodgates for what was to be known as 'alternative country'. Throwing a fist in the face of Nashville's manufactured hat-act syndrome, the Wagoneers created a very loud buzz. A successful first release on Herb Alpert's A&M Records, Stout & High, made a big (and in time, historic) splash, and the Wagoneers soon followed up with a second CD. Upon induction into The Texas Music Hall of Fame, the band reunited in 2012. 

Chet Flippo (Rolling Stone) called The Wagoneers, "The Greatest Honky Tonk band that ever was". Margaret Moser (Austin Chronicle) said they are, "The Fathers of Alt-Country and Americana". Bob Oermann (Music Row Magazine) referred to them as, "The band that started the modern Texas Music scene". Mario Tarradell (Dallas Morning News) calls them, "A mythic and legendary band". Since reuniting, The Wagoneers have recorded an album since with Grammy-winning producer Mark Bright at the helm and also are honored to have a Sunday residency at Austin’s legendary Continental Club.



Monte Warden won his first of many Austin Music Awards when he was just 15 years old for Best New Band, honoring his rockabilly trio Whoa Trigger!  Warden rode the buzz of that band into his next project - the even more popular and highly influential, Wagoneers, which scored a major-label deal with A&M Records after performing at the very 1st SXSW.  The Wagoneers’ Stout and High debut was released to worldwide critical acclaim and is widely considered one of the best and most influential country albums of the 80s.  His 1994 self-titled solo debut was named one of the 100 best American albums of the 20th century by NME.  In addition to his success with The Wagoneers on A&M Records, Warden has been signed to RCA, Watermelon, and Asylum/Warner Records. 

Warden's biggest commercial success has been as a multi-million selling songwriter, landing cuts in major film and television shows, as well as cuts by artists like Kelly Willis, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Asleep At The Wheel, Bruce Robison, Carrie Underwood, Travis Tritt, and George Strait, to name a select few. Warden co-wrote Strait's smash-hit, "Desperately" and in the fall of 2005, the song earned him his first BMI Award for success in the country field.  In March 2007, Warden was awarded the prestigious BMI 'Million-Air' Award for "Desperately", signifying over 1 million radio performances.   

Warden is a rare two-time member of The Texas Music Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Wagoneers. The Wagoneers reunited in 2012 and currently have a Sunday residency at the legendary Continental Club in Austin as well as a third album to be released.  In 2016, he announced his new project, Monte Warden and the Dangerous Few, a project of all original material that will for the first time showcase his writing and vocals in the classic crooner style. He is also currently working on his first book, a collection of essays and short stories.