Singer Songwriter and Guitarist
John Cessac was born in Austin, raised in Vidor, Texas John Ray Cessac, known as “Cowboy” has been making music as far back as he can remember. Always beening influenced by his family. His uncle, Bob Mathews, played steel guitar or George Jones, and his uncle Gilford Baker, just a genuine singing cowboy. George Jones was among the first influence to John. His father, Ray Cessac, was a barber in Vidor for 60 years. Jones was living in Vidor back then and sporting that Hollywood flattop you see on some of his earlier albums. He would always give his dad his latest album when he came in to get a haircut, they listened to in the evenings after chores. John’s first break was at the age of 13 when he auditioned to play rhythm guitar for a band called The Guitar Riders of Vidor in and got the spot. He was playing behind Kevin Adams, David Burnham and Ronnie Herrera with Joey Hanes on the drums. They played every Saturday night at the Vidor Community Center and every Sunday in nursing homes. Steven Buxton, son of local legendary fiddle player Huey Buxton was John's drummer back in highschool. Another legendary fiddle player, David Varnado has joined us when he can. And has played with everybody from Loretta Lynn to Johnny Paycheck to the late, great Merle Haggard. John belives no matter what genre of music they call country music it evolves like everything else. He personally doesn't draw lines in the sand when it comes to any music. Let it be what it’s gonna be. If it’s good music, it will last. John's experience as an artist would be what his grandpa called “a hard row to hoe,” and he should know because he made his living farming with a mule. Cessac started playing music full time around 2004 and moved out to Nashville for 4 years. Working on a horse ranch, (88 Ranch), just south of Nashville in Franklin. Where he worked days and played music at night just about anywhere he could open a guitar case. From Arizona to Austin, Texas John has played a solo act throughout much of the US. Recently playing in Texas and Louisiana averaging around 200 shows a year. When you figure in that most of those shows are solo gigs and his tour bus is a 1970 Ford pickup. In 2016 The Texas Outlaws became his band along with Dennis Shaeffer and Kaleb Vidalier and has been playing throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. They play traditional country music with a twist of blues, folk, & southern rock, just great dancing music. Being a local favorite! John brings something different to country music with his songwriting about his own life that fans want more of. For some musicians, country music is a profession. For John Cessac it’s been his way of life. A new album is definitely in the plans, although he really wants to make it in Texas. As far what’s ahead for the Texas Outlaws, they are wanting to play as many shows in new places. Festivals, private party's and casinos etc. Taking the stage and love every minute of it.
John has played with many talented artists all around and recently at Jack Daniel's Bar at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles with his band Texas Outlaws. In 2017 John Cessac has opened up for "Bag of Donuts", "Wayne Toups", and "Mark Chesnutt.
Dennis Shaeffer, born in Tyler, TX is a military veteran who deployed all over the world. He comes from a musical family and plays multiple genres of music on bass guitar. His eclectic playing style gives him the ability to provide entertaining grooves while maintaining the all important backbone of the music.
Kaleb Vidalier, from Mauriceville, Texas was inspired to play music at a young age by his paw paw Ted Vidalier who also played the drums.
For twelve years being a drummer, he's played along with many other rock bands. And now country is where he feels at home with The Texas Outlaws!