Here is a sample of the bands that will be featured at the 2014 Pedaler's Jamboree!
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Pedaler's Jamboree 2014 Music Line Up
About the bands:
The Ben Miller Band
Hailing from Joplin, Missouri, The Ben Miller Band is a one-of-a kind trio that combines the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music. Band members Ben Miller, Scott Leeper, and Doug Dicharry create a unique and modern sound while continuing the tradition of blending together many different musical styles, which has long been a trait of their native Ozarks.
Long time friends of the Pedaler's Jamboree, the Ben Miller Band has given cyclists great shows and we are excited to feature them as the headlining artists for the 2014 Pedaler's Jamboree!
Read more here: www.benmillerband.com/about/
William Elliott Whitmore
Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he flawlessly conveys through all of his records.
With live performances of a caliber to leave one completely stunned in silence, and albums full of songs not only from the heart but also from the heartland, William Elliott Whitmore is one of the most interesting contributions to today's diverse collection of musical ingenuity.
Learn more: www.williamelliottwhitmore.com
The high-altitude town of Fort Collins, Colorado is abundant in bicycles, awash in craft beer and rich in arts of all kinds. Understanding the town’s unique cultural brew begins (but only begins) to explain the novel sound of SHEL. Four sisters, raised in an atmosphere of creative freedom and diligent study, have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim.
Learn more: www.shelmusic.com
Dirtfoot - a Dose of Gypsy Punk Country Grumble boogie.
"Here’s their deal: Imagine Nick Cave on a bed of rusty nails, the cover of “Gin and Juice” often mis-attributed to Phish (it was actually the Gourds), some old-timey “Dem Bones,” Old Crow Medicine show culture-clash, and that subtle fecal stench of Mr. Bungle skronk sax craziness: Get theses elements, let them stew in an oaken barrel for a number of years and out comes Shreveport, Louisiana’s Dirtfoot." - Spencer, Synthesis.net
Whether performing on big stages at festivals, or playing intimate setting in pubs and the finer taverns all over the mid west & south, Dirtfoot puts on an uproarious show. The crowds come to take part in the fun and chaos, hollering to all the calls and responses, shaking their beancans, and getting down with the infectious grooves. There is only one Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band in the land… Dirtfoot.
Learn more: www.dirtfoot.com
Old Salt Union
Old Salt Union is a 5 piece String Band that is local to St. Louis. Old Salt Union is not a traditional Bluegrass band. There is over 70 years of musical talent comprised within 5 men, ranging from 23 to 30 years of age.
With all 5 members involved in the creative process there has been a variety of styles conveyed in their songs from Baroque to Newgrass to Bluegrass to Jamgrass and so on. The 5 members of the band have been together for 5 months and have already managed to write/record an album, which will be available in early January. Old Salt Union has won competitions and has opened for Del McCoury, The Bluegrass Ball feat Billy Nershi and Micheal Kane and The Hillbenders.
Dead Bed Bad
DEAD BED BAD is a little shocked by the rapid notoriety they've received in such a short amount of time in Mid Missouri. By their third show, Dead Bad Bad played their brand of contemporary indie meets vintage rock n roll to a standing room only crowd in Columbia Missouri's legendary club, Mojo's.
Jack Gue began writing songs in a cabin in West Virginia in December 2011. Upon returning to Missouri in January 2012 he presented the demo's to former Shamans Harvest drummer, Craig Wingate, who immediately took an interest in the project. Over the spring and summer months, band members began to trickle in including Lexi Schmidt (keys, cello, background vocals), Brent Maness (guitar) and Adam Voight (bass).
Learn more: www.deadbedbad.net
We Live in Public
We Live In Public is a Columbia-based Rock n Roll band that has been active since the end of 2010. They released their debut full length album, One Track Mind, in April of 2013. One full hearing of the album is enough to tell you that these young men don't hang out in any one genre for too long. They seamlessly blend elements of rock, blues, jazz, funk, indie, alt-country, folk and others. Powerful harmonies, intricate rhythms and clever songwriting tie it all together. It has been said that One Track Mind is a lot like Missouri weather - if you don't like the song, wait 5 minutes because you're going to get something totally different on the next track. We Live In public is a band with a mission: Philanthropy through Music. In 2013 they began working with Columbia's Ronald McDonald House, and 10% of all album proceeds will be donated to mid-Missouri charities. WLIP hopes to release a 4-6 song EP by the end of 2014.
The Flood Brothers
The Flood Brothers are a two man THUMP MACHINE whos infectious melodies and animal rhythms will have your bones shakin' outta your boots! Heavily influenced by the early Rock 'N Roll sounds of Memphis and Deep Blues of North Mississippi, Gabe Meyer and Jacob Best add their own bend to the boogie that could only come from the muddy banks of the mighty Mississippi River.
Mercer & Johnson
Mercer and Johnson are Brock Johnson and s.mercer. The duo put their first recordings online for free in June of 2010. They immediately took off to find places that would let them play, as often as possible. Logging thousands of downloads and well over 100,000 miles, the pair has continued to record and tour.
The band has shared stages with, or opened for established acts and up and comers like... Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll, Sara Watkins, the Turnpike Troubadors, Robbie Fulks, Mike McClure, Mountain Sprout, J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices and the Ben Miller Band. They quickly found out nobody in the business cares who you’ve opened for.
The band uses a mix of traditional string-band instrumentation on their recordings, to craft songs that vary in origin from traditional style ballads and up tempo numbers, to songs influenced by singer-songwriters and modern indie rock.
Learn more: www.mercerandjohnsonmusic.com
White Trash Blues Revival
Unless Mom or Dad was conceived on the floor of a Black Flag pit or one of them can trace their roots back to the families of T-Model Ford or the Kimbrough’s and/or Burnside’s the WHITE TRASH BLUES REVIVAL are not your parents blues.
And as they say “that is not a bad thing”....
As a four piece blues-punk outfit (Joe Bent on skiddley-bow and vocals, Jeff ‘Ando’ Anderson on washtub, Brenn ‘Sausage Paw’ Beck and Pete Dio on percussion) this quartet has both the musical chops to head hunt their contemporaries and either turn them in knots professionally or cut them off stylistically. This is punk-blues and this quartet breathes a whiskey drenched breath into what has become a stale scene. Like some of their best contemporaries on the Deep Punk Blues The WHITE TRASH BLUES REVIVAL are more than just some whiskey fed punk blues pirates, the WHITE TRASH BLUES REVIVAL can actually play their homemade gear with more than just a basic sense of originality and little use for autotune and overdubs. The music on Now Honey, Now Baby, Now Listen is raw, rough and tumble genius. Either walk ring through the front of the tent, or sneak in under the sides to join in on the revival. You’ll be glad you did, now TESTIFY!
burn: to destroy by fire; to set on fire, cause to blaze, shine or give light; to injure by fire, scorch, singe or scald; to inflame with anger or desire
circus: a circle, ring or similar arena usually enclosed in a tent for a show of acrobats, wild animals, clowns etc……
BURN CIRCUS; a gathering of friends of fire, for fun, music and merriment of all kinds; to show and teach each other of the ways of playing with fire or just playing; spin, juggle, walk a slack line, stand on your head or howl at the moon; whatever you want to do, we will all be there to cheer, because burn circus isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind. The Burn Circus is a fire spinning troupe and burner community offering fire dancing performances at festivals and events, in backyards and on riverbanks.
Read more at: www.burncircus.wordpress.com/
Born and raised in the small Midwestern town of Boonville, Missouri, Tanner grew up playing anything he could get his hands on. Junk drum kits, trombones, pianos, guitars--anything that he could use to create music.
With a passion for storytelling, Tanner writes from the heart. Gritty, real, passionate and sometimes painful. His voice resonates with the clear passion of a singer/songwriter and his music is wrapped in the influences of southern rock, Americana bluegrass and a hint of Nashville country. His songs are the true stories of real life in the heartland.
Tanner's new album, "Coffee, Water, Whiskey and Wine" - (including his nationally acclaimed singles, "I Do" and "Love You More") hits shelves and online retailers in January 2014. Tanner has released two additional, successful albums, "Muse" in 2012 (currently available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify) and "Story of Our Lives" in 2008
Learn more: www.tannerbechtel.com
Dirt Leg Benders
The Dirt Leg Benders are an American string band whose five members hail from Jefferson City MO, on the banks of the Missouri River. The Dirt Legs have years of combined experience playing in electric bands, but have distilled that collective experience down to the acoustic essence of American music: the string band. At a toe-tapping Dirt Leg performance, you'll hear echoes of ragtime, blues, folk, mountain gospel, bluegrass, and contemporary variations of the above. D.L.B. is Stuart Harlan (guitar, harmonica, kazoo, vocals,) Scott Cisco (upright bass, vocals), JD Huckstep (mandolin, vocals) Nick Smith (banjo), and Gary Spencer(drums, vocals).
Learn more: www.facebook.com/pages/Dirt-Leg-Benders
River Ghost Revue
RGR specializes in rural American folk music. Our unique (or basterdized...) sound comes from a blending of elements from bluegrass, country & western, and singer-songwriter Americana. We strive to create music that would work as well in Washington Square as it would on a front porch in the Ozarks. We like songs that ramble. Songs that shuffle. And songs that fight back. We're not a throwback group, but rather a tip of the hat to the music that's come before us. As always, we've got four new tires and a tank of gas, so grab your banjo and come along...
Learn more: www.facebook.com/pages/River-Ghost-Revue
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