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Jewels Hanson began her career at an early age, performing at church, and in local musical theater productions, including “Annie” & “Peter Pan”. At age 8, she was cast as a series regular on CBS TV’s “Child’s Play”. After years of developing and discovering her own musical identity, Jewels set out to conquer the Country Music scene. She was a National Finalist in the Colgate Country Showdown, the world’s largest country music talent search, in both 1998 & 2004. She was also the original lead singer of “Appaloosa”, house band at The Saddle Rack in Fremont, CA for 3 years, sharing the stage with country greats like Tracy Byrd, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Dwight Yoakam. Jewels’ songwriting talents landed her a staff songwriting deal with the Nashville publishing company, Larga Vista Music, starting her commute between Nashville and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2006, Jewels was cast as a Top Ten Finalist on USA Network’s “Nashville Star- Season 4”, which triggered a full time move to Nashville. Since then, Jewels has been performing regularly at Nashville hotspots, as well as guest spots with her former band, Appaloosa, in California. She has found songwriting success as well, writing the debut single, “Off The Hillbilly Hook” for Show Dog Recording Artists “Trailer Choir”, which is the single off the Motion Picture Soundtrack to Toby Keith’s “Beer For My Horses”. She also penned Cowboy Troy’s, “Cash In The Cookie Jar” from his album, “Demolition Mission”. However, Jewels is a proud California native and decided to put together a touring band project to bring her back to California more frequently. Shortly after Diablo Road came together, the band was offered its residency at The Saddle Rack, where they have been entertaining sold-out crowds nightly ever since.


Born in Hobbs, New Mexico, Bill Mooney developed a love for music and performing at an early age. He started in a youth church choir on bass and vocals. Bill then attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas (one of the nation’s top music schools) majoring in theory and composition. Bill, then performed in various bands in the Southwestern United States for ten years. He formed “Incognito” a nationally touring rock act that had video airplay on MTV. This led him to California in 1988, where he currently resides. Since then, Bill has worked with successful acts Chris Costa, The California Cowboys, and the Doo Wah Riders, and shared the stage with Dwight Yoakam, JoDee Messina, Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, Dierks Bentley, Neil McCoy. He has performed all over the US, Mexico, Canada, & Japan. For the past few years, Bill has been the bassist for Appaloosa, the house band at The Saddle Rack, the Bay Area’s largest country music nightclub. Bill currently lives in Vallejo, where he owns and operates Consumer Music Studios, a full service recording facility. Bill plays Palatino Upright Basses, Ernie Ball Music Man Basses, Carvin Bass Amps, and is endorsed by Dean Markley Strings.


At the tender age of 15, John Valdez went from local roadie to successful, performing drummer. While conquering the central California rock-n-roll scene, John has worked with Huey Lewis, Foghat, Pat Travers, and Tower of Power. John now enjoys applying that rock solid, in-the-pocket groove to his current modern country project with DiabloRoad. Simply put……John’s philosophy is that a song is not worth listening or dancing to if you can’t feel it in your heart, AND in your ass.



FOR BOOKING:  Please Contact Bill Mooney at (707) 479-9625 or email .


Jewels Hanson- Lead Vocals

Bill Mooney- Bass, Vocals

John Valdez- Drums

Rob Tracy- Guitar, Vocals

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