The Lucky Dutch
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The Lucky Dutch is an American roots-rock band from Illinois, formed in 2008 in Chicago by guitarist Nathan Graham and singer Claire Corriveau. They began their career performing extensively around Chicago’s bar and festival scene. In 2014, they released their first full length record, Bury the Night. In the past two years, they have toured extensively and opened for Marc Broussard, Jackson Mudd and Marc Ford of the Black Crowes. Their second record, Cadillac Coffin, was released in May 2016 and has been played on radio stations across the country.
Ryan Joseph Anderson
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Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said that Anderson "evokes the open-tunings of Nick Drake as well as the barroom howl of Tom Waits." Before going solo, Anderson was known as the bandleader and songwriter for the beloved Chicago roots outfit Go Long Mule, as a guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man and sideman for numerous artists. His influences range from country blues to psychedelic rock and are on prominent display in his masterful guitar playing and songwriting. Anderson’s sophomore release City of Vines will be released in the summer of 2017.
The Beaker Brothers
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Before there was alternative, there was the only alternative. The one place to go to find out where music was headed. Before XM schlock and FM rock, there was the Mighty 1090, churning out progressive rock way after bedtime. Clyde Clifford’s Beaker Street on KAAY from Little Rock, Arkansas was the beacon pointing the way for our music, and we were listening.
We cut our teeth on the music of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead, and we’re still gnawing on it. Now, we’re going back to where the jam bands came from, to the time when rock, blues, jazz and Latin music met and grew into our inspiration. Call it what you want — post-psychedelic, proto-alternative, protest music (we like that one), retro, southern-progressive-hippie rock, whatever — you can bet that great as they are, bands like Phish and Moe and Umphrey’s McGee would still be punching the clock at their day jobs without the contributions of Jimi, Eric, Carlos, Duane, Jerry… and Clyde.
The Beaker Brothers Band isn’t a nostalgia act or a tribute show. We’re playing music that has been in our heads and our hearts since we first heard it. It’s music of the night from Back in the Day, played by guys who are as awed by it now as when we were driving home from a gig in 1969 and suddenly pulled off the road on a hilltop ’cause Clyde was blowing our minds again, and we couldn’t get the signal down in the valley.
It’s now more than ten years on from our first practice, and we still feel the thrill when we play the music that helped us learn to love music. Appearing at festivals, concerts, civic events, private parties, cycle rallies, reunions, nightclubs and wherever, we’re thankful for the inspiration we get from our musical heroes, but we play the tunes as if they were our own. As if we possessed the music, instead of the other way around. Come see us, and watch us try to figure it out.
This is not your father’s rock band. No, wait, maybe it is. Anyway, we’re sure you’re gonna dig it.
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Off-color folk music celebrating the humor & heartbreak of the American underbelly, with songs of roadkill, junkies, Daffy Duck & Danzig. -Rolling Stone
Darrin Bradbury is an American satirist. A left-of-center folk singer. With a batch of songs that celebrate the humor and heartbreak of everyday American life, he’s spent the past decade traveling his way across the country, making pit stops at dive bars, listening rooms, punk houses, and world-class theaters along the way. The people he’s met during his cross-country trips — the seedy characters filling America’s underbelly, the corporate elite working out of corner offices, the blue-collar everymen who refill our coffee cups and ring up our purchases at Office Depot — all find their way into his music, which follows the left-of-center tradition of John Prine, Shell Silverstein and Steve Goodman.
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" After a solo tour in Europe this February of 2017, Elizabeth Moen is back in the Midwest and ready for touring with her bandmates Justin, Blake, and Dan. Elizabeth was raised in Vinton, Iowa and recently graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She began playing guitar as a teenager, though it was thanks to the writing community of Iowa City that she was inspired to write her own music. Her sound and songs are inspired by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and modern acts like Angel Olson, Esmé Patterson, Alabama Shakes, and Shakey Graves.
After writing her first eight songs released on her first EP in January 2016, she now has a repertoire of forty-plus songs. She recently finished recording many of these songs with her band members in fall and early winter of 2016. They have completed their first full-length record that was released May 13th, 2017 on William Elliott Whitmore and Luke Tweedy's (of Flat Black Studios) Long Play Records. This album is a mixture of old and new with various inspirations from old jazz, to modern indie-rock. Featured on the album are collaborations including contributions from twelve very talented Iowa musicians.
Moen has had the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Houndmouth, Lake Street Dive, Margaret Glaspy, William Elliott Whitmore, Lucy Dacus, and more. Moen's 2017 schedule includes Mission Creek Festival, 80/35 Festival, and Camp Euphoria. "
Thomas Wynn & The Believers
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Thomas Wynn & The Believers personifies rugged, yet uplifting spirited rock, sprinkled with southern soul R&B. Tunes brutally honest & heartfelt, the themes go beyond years of drugs, heartbreaks & hypocrisy to deliver a message of hope. “Soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously jagged ...reminiscent of Levon Helm, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, but they still boldly radiate a sound and southern charm all their own.” Metromix
A combination of blistering rock and southern soul, this fiery ensemble has been playing the Orlando, Florida original music circuit for the last three-plus years and have quickly garnered local celebrity status. Hailing from a musical family, the band is heavily influenced by Thomas and Olivia's father, Tom Wynn, who was the drummer for Cowboy. Through out the 70’s, Cowboy toured with the Allman Brothers Band, and released four albums on the legendary Capricorn Records.Thomas’ spirit-moving vocals are uniquely supported by sister Olivia Wynn’s engaging and captivating voice and presence. Her strong vocal harmonies and wide-eyed response is the perfect companion to his yearning banshee cries.
Known for their powerful LIVE performances, TWTB have delighted audiences of all sizes, including festival goers at Bear Creek, Orlando Calling, Magnolia Fest, Bear Creek, Orlando Calling, Blackwater Music Festival, BamaJam, Tropical Heatwave, Antiwarpt, Pojo Music Fest and FMFs. The group has also shared the stage with national acts Gov't Mule, Blackberry Smoke, The Dirty Guv'nahs, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin' N' Cryin', Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Donna The Buffalo, Leftover Salmon, JJ Grey & Mofro, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Honey Island Swamp Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Lee Boys, Charlie Daniels, and many more.
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To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. Now, three years later, they've amassed some serious success and experience under their belt. These include: playing The Rock Boat three years in a row, being featured in the film Road To Paloma, and having their single music video spun on Palladia.
Signing to Atlanta's Brash music they released their first full length album "Contemporary American Slang" early 2015 right before signing to Red11 Music, who put them on over 150+ dates in the same year.
Radio Birds' sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies. It is what you get when four guys all write music with the basic beliefs that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Each of their songs is different from the others and is balanced by the web of harmonies that entangles the whole group. Everybody sings, and sometimes, you just can't help but sing along.
Radio Birds has taken their sound out to the world, and their dedicated touring and writing schedule proves one thing: Radio Birds wants you to hear them now more than ever. They are proud to announce they are currently working on their forthcoming 2017 album and with already 100+ shows under their belt in 2016, they've already brought many of those songs to their audiences' ears.
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“A progressive honky-tonk hero arriving at just the right time in Trump’s America”- Rolling Stone
“Got Dressed Up to be Let Down,” the new album out October 2016 from St. Louis-based country songwriter Jack Grelle (Grell-EE), paints the picture of true Americana with depth and variety. Largely sculpted by 70s honky-tonk, the album weaves through diverse influences such as cajun, tejano, rock & roll and folk to create a passionately comprehensive interpretation of a classic sound. The songs are carefully crafted with contributions from an assortment of musicians including the South City Three (Pokey LaFarge) and John Horton (The Bottle Rockets). The arrangements include pedal steel, piano, fiddle and harmonica.
Jack’s willingness to travel around genre-lines is a testament to the urgency and restlessness of his artistry. This rambling spirit has brought him to over 13 countries and 3 continents with a tour schedule that averages 150 shows a year. He has shared the stage with Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, Chris Stapleton, and Pokey Lafarge. LaFarge, who has personally invited Grelle to open shows on numerous occasions, referred to Jack as a “Midwestern poet” and “a timeless Renaissance man.” Jack has also enjoyed the opportunity to sit in with Dale Watson and his Lonestars.
As Grelle’s new album switches from waltzes to two-steps and rockers, the insight and intelligence in his lyrics remain consistent. Jack’s songs range in topic from celebrating the life of his recently-deceased grandmother to romance in South America, and he shows an integrity and courage that mirror his punk rock upbringing by tackling such topics as freedom in femininity and the tragedy of police killings that plague the African-American community.
Jack is a strong, idealistic artist who does not accept limitations. These qualities recently led him to step outside of his normal role as he assembled a backing band to tour the Midwest with Lavender Country, the music of Patrick Haggerty, a life-long gay rights activist who made the world’s first gay country album. Grelle’s drive continually leads him to new challenges, and he consistently exceeds expectations. With a strong new album and another long stretch of tour dates lining up, Grelle is poised for new horizons and great success in 2016 and beyond.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook's original songs take on the usual country spin on shitty relationships, bad decisions, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons.
When Shook's first band, Sarah Shook & the Devil, broke up after a solid three year plus run, Shook and her guitarist, Eric Peterson, continued to meet, practice, and plan. In late 2013 they put together brief stint called The Dirty Hands which ended after a handful of shows. The project they were looking for soon arrived with the addition of former Two Dollar Pistols frontman, John Howie Jr., (now frontman for John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff) as drummer. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers was born.
Shook and chief engineer of Manifold Recording Studios, Ian Schreier, had worked together some years before when he supervised intern Mario Bianchi recording the Devil's seven song EP simply titled, Seven. Shook and Schreier had been discussing creating a full length album together for an age and, finally, during the first weekend of April, 2015, it happened. After nearly a decade of playing solo or fronting a band, Shook released her first full-length album, Sidelong, on October 16, 2015, at the Cat's Cradle Back Room in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Step Rockets w/ TWINS
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It didn't take long for Step Rockets to take off. Their self-released single “Kisser” found it’s way to #1 on the Hype Machine charts just two weeks after its release despite virtually no publicity. The track has since garnered over 5.5 million plays on Spotify and catapulted the band onto the international music scene.
With appearances at Firefly Festival, Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and a slew of other festivals and major venues across North America, Step Rockets have developed a reputation as one of the most exciting new live bands on the scene, seamlessly blending wailing guitar solos and anthemic melodies with infectious dance grooves.
Step Rockets continue to push the boundaries of indie pop with unique instrumentation and progressive songwriting. The band's music has been featured in TV shows and commercials, including placements in Showtime's Shameless and ABC's Cougartown. Their music exemplifies a cosmic divergence of the past, present, and future, focused around memorable melodies and powerful lyrics.
The band has released a collection of popular singles including "Kisser" and “Turning Tides (By Your Side)”, as well as remixes and videos, that all lead up to their highly anticipated debut EP, Future Nature, scheduled for an early April 2016 release (on Harbour/Caroline). Step Rockets will be on tour this Spring in support of the new EP and the first single, “West Coast”.
Here’s what people are saying about Step Rockets:
"Minneapolis’s finest are clearly onto something" -Neon Gold
"I'm absolutely loving the synth work on this anthemic rock track" -Indie Shuffle
"Kings favorite, Step Rockets, has now garnered 107,000 views on SoundCloud in one month" -Kings of A&R
The Rad Trans w/ The Brother Brothers
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“With a killer driving groove, New York Soul Rebels ‘The Rad Trads’ truly show how tight they are as an ensemble while having fun at the same time.”
— Paste Magazine
When The Rad Trads formed in the Spring of 2012, they were meeting each other in New York City's East Village for the first time… transplants from Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington D.C. looking to play with the best musicians they could find. Their horns, guitars, drums and love for the classics like The Band, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John brought them together. And of course, beer.
Making rent playing 4 hour gigs in every bar and beer hall that would have them, the guys dominated New York City and Brooklyn with their punk-rock energy and showmanship, powerful horns, driving rhythm section, and four captivating lead vocalists. Within due time, they decided to take their show on the road.
Almost 5 years later, the Rad Trads have played on 4 Continents, headlining tours and opening for acts such as Tom Jones, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, The Lone Bellow, Con Brio, and Dustbowl Revival. They have toured Europe six times, the Middle East and played in 14 countries and 32 U.S. States.
Following the release of their first full length album (Must We Call Them Rad Trads - Dala Records) in May 2016, the band is slated to release their second LP of original music in the fall of 2017. The record is highly anticipated in it’s creative direction and sound.
Members of The Rad Trads have performed or recorded with St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Sarah Jarosz, Christopher Paul Stelling, David Duchovny, Lenny Pickett, and Red Baraat as well as leading their own critically acclaimed bands.
PeeWee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes
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As an award winning and highly acclaimed Outlaw Country Singer/Songwriter Peewee Moore tours around on an average or 45,000 miles a year doing an endless string of one night stands at honky tonks, dance halls, festivals, and theaters.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Rainforest just across the TN border in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, Peewee spent most of his time haunting the streets of Chattanooga TN playing many of his first shows in, and around the "Choo Choo" city. Peewee spent the consecutive years making a name for himself as an accomplished picker, and songwriter throughout the Southeast. In 2010 he moved to Austin Texas the "Live Music Capitol Of The World" long enough to make the contacts necessary to be a staple and gain a foothold in the Austin Scene then decided to move back to Tennessee landing in the mountains between Chattanooga and Nashville.
With the gift of raw talent, and showmanship Peewee has been fortunate enough to be able to share the stage with several of his hero's, as well as some of outlaw country, americana, and rockabilly's most well known, and recieved acts such as Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allen Coe, Ralph Stanley, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Dicky Betts, Cowboy Jack Clement, Steve Earle, Red Simpson, Shooter Jennings, Junior Brown, Chris Knight, Todd Snyder, Wanda Jackson, The Blasters, Southern Culture On The Skids, and countless others.
Peewee Moore's music is broadcast on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country Channel as well as over 1,000 different AM & FM stations, internet radio, and podcast's worldwide.
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Sam Lewis plays soul music.
While it bears the sonic landmarks of roots music’s most fertile ground, the songwriting of Sam Lewis is born of a landscape that can only be felt, not seen. His music is native to the infinite expanse that is exposed when human attention is full, and focused inward - harvested solely by the nuanced rhythm of love. Sam’s songs are rooted in the energy that defines this harmonious frontier, the space that unifies the human experience in each of us. It’s the anchored spirit in this incubated territory of soul for which Sam Lewis works to celebrate and elevate with the tones of rock & roll, rhythm & blues and a country-folk muse.
Sam is not the first man to turn over this primal soil, but he is unquestionably here to be the one that keeps sowing the field. Lewis laments, “I flip on a radio or stare at my phone, and I hear some familiar sounds and I see some flashy things being made right now - and that’s cool. But it’s real hard to find something that’s being said beyond what’s superficial. And then go I and spin a record by Lee Dorsey and I feel the world lifted with four words and a funky groove, and then I’ll listen to Pops Staples preaching the most earnest spirit with some shake, swagger and sweat thrown on it - and man there it is, there’s the fresh air, there’s the hope. These are the men that paved the path I want to walk on, the path I want to preserve. Everyone is welcome to walk it with me. I hope they do.”
After spending a nomadic youth from California to the Carolina Blue Ridge, Sam began calling Nashville, TN home in 2008. Since then he’s been joined on his journey by some of music’s most righteous and luminary figures. Most recently (and continuing into Summer 2016), he’s been a tourmate and stage collaborator of Grammy Award Winner, Chris Stapleton. It’s Stapleton who dubbed Lewis “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. Sam’s continued to also be called upon by lyrical forefathers such as John Prine and neighborhood contemporaries like Kacey Musgraves to trade verses and share their inspiration across generational lines.
Over the last four years, Sam Lewis has pressed the first two chapters in his career’s studio anthology with the release of his self-titled debut in 2012 and sophomore release Waiting On You in 2015. As both received critical acclaim, each session grew the legendary family for which Sam has adopted to curate and share his musical innervision with his listeners. Recorded between the storied studio walls of Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Nashville, Waiting On You was produced by roots music cornerstone, Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band). Adjoined by their savant fluency in the soul music lexicon, Lewis and Wood called upon the instrumental palettes of masters including Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Neil Young), Darrell Scott (Robert Plant, Guy Clark), Will Kimbrough (Jimmy Buffett, Rodney Crowell), Gabe Dixon (Paul McCartney) and the McCrary Sisters, all placing their stamp on this enduring expression of uncompromised songwriting. Additionally, the relentless grooves of rhythm section JT Cure and Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton), accented with the transfixing guitar perfection of Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams) have been woven through the fabric of each of Lewis’ studio campaigns.
While continuing to connect dots from his experiences to the perceptions of those around him with lyrical acuity, the songs of Sam Lewis remain a perpetual trip. An expedition in the sound of the mind, the sound of heart and the sound nature in which they exist. Sounds that may not have a name, but when it’s all said and done - are one in the same.
Plastic Relations - The Complete Summer Mixtape!
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JULY 21 AT BIG GROVE BREWERY IN IOWA CITY, PLAYING “THE COMPLETE SUMMER MIXTAPE”--ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE GOOD-VIBE, JUKEBOX MUSIC FROM THE ‘60S TO NOW.
“Recycling your favorite hits for an infinitely good time.”
Plastic Relations is a locally-grown cover band focused on good times and great fun. Created in 2014 with remnants from other area bands, Plastic Relations has settled on its current seven-member line-up. They tailor set-lists to fit a theme or event, playing everything from a Class of 1967 Reunion to the soundtrack from Dazed and Confused to their annual ‘80s show. With Renee Zukin on lead vocals, Ben Jaggers on lead guitar, Eben Louis on keys and Forrest Heusinkveld on drums, the sound is hard to resist, no matter the theme.
Lead vocals--Renee Zukin
Lead guitar--Benjamin Jaggers
Rhythm guitar--BJ Steinbrecker
Mike & The Moonpies
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Mike and the Moonpies solidified themselves over the past several years as Austin, Texas’ premier honky tonk band. Maintaining weekly residencies at iconic venues like Broken Spoke, White Horse and Hole in the Wall, all while touring Texas every weekend, has made the band tighter than they’ve ever been. The growing regional popularity of their 2012 release “The Hard Way,” and this nonstop touring schedule has allowed them to take the entire Texas music scene by storm. The Moonpies have delivered some of their most memorable performances recently in venues like Gruene Hall, Luckenbach, and Billy Bob’s Texas. They have gained a cult like following in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and throughout the Midwest. Currently touring the U.S. and releasing their third studio effort, Mockingbird, the Moonpies are set to become a household name in honkytonk and outlaw music.
“Mockingbird” is the 3rd studio album for Mike and the Moonpies. Produced by frontman Mike Harmeier and longtime friend and musician Michael Kingcaid (What Made Milwaukee Famous), the album features 10 brand new original songs all written by Harmeier and performed by the Moonpies. Several guest performers that appeared on 2012’s “The Hard Way” returned for this one, including Warren Hood (Lyle Lovett), Jenn Miori Hodges (Carper Family), and Pete Weiss (Leo Rondeau). Recorded at
the legendary Cedar Creek Studio in Austin by John Silva (the Trishas) and mixed at Good Danny’s in Austin by Max Lorenzen, “Mockingbird” is the band’s best sounding album to date. This collection of songs find Harmeier in a very nostalgic state of mind both lyrically and musically. On the title track, reminiscent of Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town,” Harmeier sings about the influence of his father and grandfather on him today. The debut single “Smoke Em If You Got Em” kicks off with an Allman Brothers style
guitar riff and speaks about the evolution of Harmeier and his band in the music industry. Lookout for several surprises on this album, which is far and away the band’s most eclectic to date. “Mockingbird” is sure to make a huge impact on the Texas Country scene and place the Moonpies in a position to break into the Americana genre, where a large majority of traditional country and roots music currently reside.
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The Cordovas are: Joe Firstman, Lucca Soria, Jon Loyd and Graham Spillman. Based in Nashville, TN, Cordovas sound is rooted in harmony, songwriting and musicianship.
Firstman released two albums on Atlantic Records in the early 2000's including the acclaimed War of Women. 24-year-old songsmith, Des Moines' Lucca Soria writes, sings and plays lead guitar. He has several compositions on the forthcoming Cordovas album. Keyboardist Jon Loyd, a native of Macon, GA, sings high notes and possesses a piano style that makes the band’s sound recognizable and unforgettable. Born in Redondo Beach California, Graham Spillman is on drums. The 25-year-old Berkeley College of Music drop-out also sings and pens tunes for the group.
Cordovas will release a new full length album produced by two-time Grammy Nominee Kenneth Pattengale, of Milk Carton Kids, spring 2017.
"They're fantastic! Beautiful and real music, a rarity these days." - Jamie Ruben, owner of Nashville’s legendary venue, The Family Wash.
"Easily one of the best bands we've had in 20 years." – Tom Bianchi, The Burren in Boston
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Goose Town is a high energy band bringing a dynamic change to all your favorite tunes. The band is lead by a killin' horn section and fronted by Emily Snyder on vocals. GT's mission is to get your booty shakin' and they do this with music from Erykah Badu, Vulfpeck, Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Kaiyote, Michael Jackson and many more. Check them out on FB or instagram @goosetown5000
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Ryne Doughty is a roots-americana musician out of Des Moines, IA, whose music is deeply rooted in real life stories of love, loss, work, and play. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. The hard-working, simple living, and friendly way of life of the Midwest shines through his music that is understated yet complex and rich with beauty and realness.
Playing behind his third studio album, “Under the Willow Tree”, Doughty is back in Iowa after a few years in the mountains of Colorado and is starting to make a name for himself in the Midwest scene. Whether he's playing small or large venues, he is turning heads wherever he plays.
With solid finger-style guitar picking and a rich baritone voice he brings a dynamic of warmth and richness to the stage. Doughty’s performances are always passionate and full of energy and songs that tell real life stories. His live performance and studio albums alike will not leave you wanting. Doughty’s main passion in life is to share his music with the very people who help influence it; the real, hard working, everyday people that make this beautiful world go around.
BGB and Moeller Nights Present: Terra Lightfoot with special guest Erin Moore
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Big Grove Brewery and Moeller Nights Present:
Terra Lightfoot with special guest Erin Moore
“a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a badass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.” – PopMatters
Since the release of her acclaimed album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, soulful roots rocker Terra Lightfoot has wowed audiences across North America, the UK and Europe, playing hundreds of live dates in venues from cafés to coliseums and everywhere in between.
On stages in Europe, the UK, the US and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, The Both, Albert Lee, James Burton, Grace Potter, Bettye Lavette, Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, The Sadies, The Wood Brothers and Daniel Lanois.
Marking the end of an amazing year of worldwide touring, Lightfoot celebrates a CIMA Road Gold certification and releases her new, orchestral album Live In Concert as a Valentine to fans. The album, released Feb 10, 2017, is available on CD, vinyl, digital and streaming formats.
As part of that touring, she collaborated with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, performing under legendary conductor Boris Brott, to present those songs in dynamic orchestral arrangements. The experience gave fans an amazing chance to experience the performer’s talent, charm and emotional power as never before.
Those collaborations were staged for two intimate hour-long shows on one memorable night at McMaster University’s LIVELab, joined by special guest John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews. The entire set was recorded and is now seeing release as Live in Concert. Only a handful were able to watch first-hand as Lightfoot and the NAO revisited the sweeping orchestral treatment of songs off her sensational sophomore album. Live In Concert is a fresh chance to discover the remarkable talent that critics have been buzzing about.
Terra Lightfoot’s love of touring is beyond question, as is the energy and passion she brings to the stage at every stop along the road. Thanks to her indisputable talent, hard work, relentless touring and the incredible support of fans across Canada, Lightfoot has been named the latest recipient of the Canadian Independent Music Association’s prestigious Road Gold certification — an honour reserved for artists who sell at least 25,000 concert tickets within a 12-month period.
In writing and performing Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herself creatively. Where her debut was given to slower, softer songs and a subdued vibe, Lightfoot’s new album crackles with immediacy and demands attention. From the moment you put it on, the album announces Lightfoot’s arrival as a confident and natural lead performer.
Recording her sophomore album, Lightfoot says, made her a far more disciplined songwriter. That transformation took place early in the songwriting process. Holing up with headphones and a stack of vintage pop and rock albums, Lightfoot pulled apart songwriting mechanics, mastering tonic chords and middle eights and learning to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent the weeks leading up to the recording sessions honing the album’s songs — working and reworking them until they were taut and lean. And then she hit the studio.
Lightfoot praises the supportive production team of Gus van Go and Werner F, who she says approached her material with a light and respectful touch. Tracks like “NFB,” “Emerald Eyes” and “Splinter” were recorded live off the floor over the course of a single day, a sprint made more urgent by the fact that the studio’s air conditioning was on the blink. Elsewhere, the pair took a more meditative approach, filling out tracks like “Moonlight,” “No Hurry”, “Never Will” and “All Alone” with choice details. They also enlisted the talents of keyboardist Liam O’Neil (The Stills) to round out the core trio of Lightfoot (guitar, vocals), Matthew Fleming (bass) and Joel Haynes (drums).
From start to finish, the results are radiant and remarkable. Lightfoot’s touchstone influences — roots groundbreakers Maybelle Carter and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, blues legends Lead Belly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, jazz titans Nina Simone and Billie Holiday — are fused with songs that evoke the burly soul and bounding rock of Them or Creedence Clearwater Revival.
For all those comparisons, however, one listen to Every Time My Mind Runs Wild will convince you that Lightfoot is an inspiration all her own.
Joe & Vicki Price
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In a world where words like “legend” get thrown around entirely too lightly, it's good to know that there are a few people still worthy of the word's original intent. And when it comes to music in Iowa, Joe Price stands as one of the art's legendary practitioners.
Armed with a joyous, disarming demeanor and the ability to play the doors off most anyone else in the room, Price has opened for the likes of Iris Dement and John Lee Hooker, while Iowa's own Greg Brown calls Price “the Buddha.” Brown isn't alone in his praise, as a litany of Iowa musicians list Price as one of their influences.
Price's reputation was cemented in the 1970's, when he spent the latter half of the decade as part of Mother Blues, one of the greatest and most heavily influential Iowa blues bands of all time. It was a time when Price was playing nearly non- stop, and developed the style that has made him such a memorable performer.
And make no mistake, Price certainly is memorable. Head down while he plays, big ball cap covering his eyes from the crowd while he plies his trade, feet tapping out the time as his hands work those six strings like their on autopilot. Price isn't the kind of artist you “think” you've seen play; once you've been taken to church by that slide, it stays with you.
But no man lives by bread alone, and Price has two great loves in his life. It's the rare man that gets to mix two passions together and make a life out of it, but Vicki Price makes that easy. The pair married in 1987, but Vicki had been holding her own in the wilds of small-town Iowa before then. Her guitar playing has more structure to it than Joe's, while her voice provides a good deal of their songs fire.
Bold and brassy when she wants to be, Vicki's voice has elicited visions of Loretta Lynn or June Carter, but she's able to get far bluesier than any of her most obvious comparisons. This duo is far more than the sum of their impressive parts: it is when these two take the stage together that the genuine magic happens.
Joe's deep love and admiration for his wife is obvious from the moment she joins him on stage—something that can happen at any point during a set; he beckons her with “You Are My Sunshine”—and the amount of fun they clearly have performing with one another elevates their performances, transforming them from something that blues purists and guitar fans can appreciate, into something that everyone with ears and a love of life can understand and tap along to.
The couple released a slew of solo CD's on seminal Iowa label Trailer Records, including “25 Below” (Joe, 1996), “Mississippi Summer” (Vicki, 1998), “Request” (Joe, 1999), “Designated Drive” (Joe, 2000) and “Looking for
Love” (Vicki, 2005). After Trailer closed up shop, the pair released 2008's “A Brand New Place” and 2009's “Rain or Shine” independently. The latter two albums were both lavished with critical praise, but the pair may have just saved their best work for their most recent album, “Night Owls.” Featuring both Joe and Vicki throughout, “Night Owls” is the Price's music at its fullest, most memorable and most fun.
Over the years they have opened for such notables as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Pine Top Perkins, Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Al Green, Greg Brown and Iris DeMent. Joe is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, The Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008. They won the Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2009 for the release Rain or Shine.
Whether you are seeing them for the first time or the 100th, whether it's live or via one of their albums, experiencing Joe and Vicki Price is an experience worth having, worth sharing, and easy to love.
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For over a decade, Surf Zombies have entertained crowds across the midwest with their high energy surf-rock instrumentals. Inspired by late-night beach parties, hot rods, and sparkling guitar tones drenched in waves of crashing reverb, Surf Zombies give a healthy nod to early 60’s rock and roll while infusing their records with a modern energy and song craft. Whether you’re a fan of classic Ventures-style guitar playing or the hard hitting pop songs of the Ramones, Surf Zombies’ infectious melodies are sure to deliver some fun in the sun.
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The Feralings are Benj Upchurch (mandolin / vocals), Nicole Upchurch (clawhammer banjo / vocals), Patrick Brickel (upright bass / vocals), and Stacy Webster (acoustic guitar / vocals), but the name is a bit of a misnomer, as the members of the band are far more likely to invite you to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea than they are to jump you and steal your beer money.
Patrick Brickel and Stacy Webster share a long musical partnership that includes performing in the critically acclaimed Iowa roots bands The Mayflies and The Letterpress Opry. While Patrick and Stacy went their own ways in 2003, with Patrick producing records and releasing several noteworthy solo albums (also as Patrick Bloom) and Stacy growing The Mayflies into a major Americana outfit, their musical collaborations continued, as did their close friendship. In the meanwhile, Nicole and Benj Upchurch moved to Iowa by way of Montana, hauling their charisma, humor, and a busload of instruments behind them. Nicole, being the blacksheep banjo player in a family of accomplished jazz musicians, joined Iowa's all-female quintet, Awful Purdies, and Benj, having worked as a luthier back West, decided to put aside building mandolins and started playing one with The Mayflies. Soon after a very unique kinship was born as gravity pulled the four of them into a quartet.
The result is The Feralings, a rare collaboration in which all members write, sing, laugh, engage in general naughtiness, and genuinely like each other. They travel a vast musical landscape, combining bully musicianship, sparkling harmonies, and evocative songwriting. And hey, they don't bite.