Western Fusion is an Arizona based Country/Rock band fronted by Novella Bentley, and Brian Childress. Western Fusion's instrumentation includes fiddle, banjo, keyboards, bass, drums and guitar. Western Fusion was formed in the late 90’s by band leader Brian Childress. Brian’s goals were to have a band that sounded like radio and be composed of some of the best musicians Arizona has to offer.. In the beginning Western Fusion was traditional country band. As the band evolved with musicians, so did the music. Today’s band still plays traditional country including George Strait, Gretchen Wilson, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, and now has recently evolved with hits from the 70’s, 80’s, including a mix of rock like Matchbox 20, No Doubt, Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Western Fusion’s sound tech Steve Salsburg doubles as a DJ filling every band break with music for any occasion, from hip-hop to country, he's got it!
Western Fusion has been on the local scene for more than 10 years and has enjoyed playing various venues throughout the state. The band has opened for National Acts such as: Blake Shelton and Mark Wills at Graham Central Station (formerly Rockin’ Rodeo). They were also the opening act for Charlie Daniels at Cliff Castle Casino. Western Fusion has also played the Tempe Block Party, events for the Town of Gilbert ,Town of Camp Verde, Town of Chino Valley, City of Surprise, Phoenix International Raceway for the Nascar races, Coconino County Fair, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Apache Gold Casino and Fort McDowell Casino. The band has built up quite a fan base in recent years, selling their “Western Fusion” T-Shirts and Tank Tops at local shows. Soon Western Fusion will have their first all original CD available online and at local shows.
Western Fusion is capable of providing their own professional 16ft x 16ft x 3ft stage, JBL Sound System and Intelligent Lighting (as seen in some photos) for an additional fee.