Two Tons of Steel is an American musical group. They began in 1991, playing small clubs and private parties in San Antonio, Texas. Known originally as the Dead Crickets, the band changed its name to Two Tons of Steel in 1997. As the story goes, the name change was prompted by a telephone call from Jerry Allison, drummer for Buddy Holly and the Crickets. As Holly's Crickets were still active on the road, Mr.