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Pedaler's Jamboree 2013 Music Line Up
About the bands:
It's not retro music, it's American music that never died.
Of the many roots musicians traveling the world and spreading the early American music tradition, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are the next in line to make a significant impact on music enthusiasts everywhere. From St. Louis, Missouri, their creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true and fine, making them among the most innovative of all the purists performing American roots music today. It’s wonderfully infectious, and all laid down in front of a big, big swingin’ beat. A lot of performers are content to play old material, reworking the tunes to give them new life or to stamp them with personal style. But this group, led by guitar-plucking troubadour Pokey LaFarge, achieves timelessness with original songs while honoring the legendary artists of yesterday through covered tunes. Accompanied by The South City Three, Pokey uses his booming voice as an instrument with an incredible range; one moment he shouts a line and the next he croons above his parlor guitar. Pokey’s extraordinary blend of raw talent and refined, idiosyncratic charm turns reviewers into poets as they attempt to label his one-of-a-kind sound.
Read more here: www.pokeylafarge.net/about/biography
Undeniably the hottest young band on the acoustic scene, The HillBenders have been winning over audiences from coast to coast with their unique style, original compositions and relentless drive. These buzz-worthy bluegrass whiz-kids are quickly rising above many of their peers and gaining international recognition for their aggressive combination of contemporary influences with traditional inspiration and instrumentation, as well as their infectiously energetic stage performances.
Learn more: www.hillBenders.com
JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers
The Dirt Daubers have come down from the mountains and landed squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta. Yes, you heard right... J.D. Wilkes (of the Legendary Shack Shakers) and his former Old- Time band have decided to plug in (!) to both his blues roots and a regulation, A.C. power socket.
Having recently added electric guitar and drums, the Dirt Daubers are now poised to expand the appeal of their roots-based tunes with a whole new Swamp-Blues/Rock n Roll kick!
Learn more: www.thedirtdaubers.net
The Ben Miller Band
The Ben Miller Band is made up of three very different musicians.
Ben Miller(slide guitar, lead vocals) began his musical career on the streets of northern europe playing his distinctive delta-blues slide guitar for passers-by. He built an impressive collection of folk songs and original material as well as honing his distinctive performance style. Combine that with the home grown musical mad scientist Scott Leeper(washtub bass, backing vocals). He began his musical career at the age of ten, wowing audiences playing pop music in his family's band "The Leepers". Later he toured with delta-blues hero Lightnin' Boy Malcom, and also made a name for himself as a truly astounding one man band. To complete this trio of musicians comes Doug "Cap't Washboard" Dicharry(washboard, drums, trombone, backing vocals). As a air force brat growing up he assimilated an array of musical styles and attidudes. Moving every 4 years throughout the globe his one constant was music, from playing with punk, ska, and progressive noise bands to school marching bands. The three met in Joplin Missouri at open mic nights that Ben was running. The three naturally gravitated towards each other feeding off of their shared interests as well as their different influences. They have been relentlessly gigging 5 nights a week for over 3 years crafting a tight, dynamic yet amazingly original sound.
Learn more at: www.benmillerband.com
NEW BELGIUM BREWING PRESENTS: Bocomo Ramble & Pedaler's Jamboree After Party
Another installment of the biggest, the baddest, and the meanest backyard party of them all. Featuring live bluegrass, roots, and country music played by some of the finest mofos anywhere. Great music, food, and lots of booze. Drinking, Dancing, Loving, and General Debauchery. Come get your drunk on and dance your asses off with us.
The Kay Brothers *
The Bocomo Ramble *
Mercer and Johnson *
Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Society *
Schuyler Prenger and the Dirt Road Junkies
Learn more: www.facebook.com/events/406834539413628
Man In The Ring
Man in the Ring is the beloved folk rock band from Columbia, Missouri. Their music explores numerous genres and artistic aspects. Some influences are: Steely Dan, Robert Randolph, and Jason Mraz. The five piece band, featuring the crowd-pleasing electric violin, is community favorite playing charity events, local festivals (including three appearances at the annual Roots n Blues n BBQ festival), and headlining at the nostalgic venues throughout Columbia. With over 50 years of combined musical experience, the band bears an impressive line-up of professional musicians who aren’t afraid to live up to the challenge of Man in the Ring’s constantly evolving sound.
After releasing their self-titled LP in December of 2009, the band stayed busy living the dream and filling requests of Columbia to play around town and for local events. But never satisfied, Man in the Ring recorded a much anticipated live album in 2011, “Live at the Blue Note” that set their standard of performance even higher. The band has never had a lack of inspiration or passion, “One of our favorite things is the challenge of creating a musically appropriate texture, that fits between the rhythm section of Drake, Kyle, Nate, and Brad’s guitar and the lead voices of Molly’s violin and Brad’s vocals.” Out of this, the band’s performance resume grew, leading to an appearance at the premier SXSW music festival showcase in Austin, Texas.
True to its stock, Man in the Ring’s sound is ever changing and always diverse. In July 2012, the favorite players of Man in the Ring released the more rootsy album “Midnight Choir” under the name Brad Cunningham. Following personnel changes and the new album release, the band re-grouped with the addition of violinist Molly Healey (formerly of Big Smith fame). The band is traveling, playing, and constantly growing. Look for guest appearances by pianist Justin Nabors and a growing repertoire of original music accompanied by matured harmonies on old MITR favorites.
Combining the unique sounds of raw talent and the rare sounds of an electric violin, Man in the Ring is an easy option for a new favorite band or for a familiar aspect to your growing music library.
Learn more at: www.maninthering.com
Photo: Kevin Dingman
The Kay Brothers
Genyewine Bonafide Hootin' N' Hollerin' Hillybillyin' Ozark Stompgrass and What Nots
The spirit of Missouri 'Stompgrass' lives on with The Kay Brothers. Though the group was born last night, the members are certainly no strangers to the Midwest music scene. Hailing from such bands as The Hipnecks, The Hatrick, Mary & the Giant, and even a metal band - Ghost in the Machine - the players have been burning barns down since they were knee-high's and can chug moonshine without shedding a single tear. Armed with Upright Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonicas, bass drum, washboard, and sibling harmonies, they make a lot of noise... Just be careful not to crack a heel.
Learn more: http://www.reverbnation.com/thekaybrothers
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noun; a band from Southwest Missouri ready to melt faces with original roots rock grass influences, also, rowdy live show with harmony and intensity unmatched.
Honky Suckle is a band comprised of four stellar musicians Dave Smith-Upright bass,Vocals; Kyle Young-Harmonica,Vocals; Adam Howell-Drums,Vocals; Eric Howell-Resonator,Banjo,Guitar, Vocals.
Blending rock and punk influences with roots music's raw power they bring a real intensity seldom heard. Self restraint allows these musicians to pump out consistent on -point arrangements while still able to unleash rhythmic and individual prowess when warranted. A unique blending of four part harmony round out the sound that crowds have come to love. Rowdy live shows and genuine emotion leave people wanting more. Don't miss a live show, you won't forget it.
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops
A staple of the St.Louis music scene, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops play an intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues. Improv-laced Jams, dubbed out grooves and Effervescent Vocals make this band must see. After the release of there second studio album "Grow" in 2010, this independent trio is beginning to forge there way across the country.
Learn more: http://www.theonedrops.com/
The Mojo Roots
Soul-soaked blues from the heart of the Midwest
If you think there's nothing new and exciting coming out of the blues genre, you haven't heard The Mojo Roots. Their brand of harp-driven, soul-soaked blues is nothing short of electrifying, shifting effortlessly from a driving, hard-hitting shuffle to an aching, tear-dripping slow blues. Having shared the stage with artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Roomful of Blues, and John Lee Hooker Jr., The Mojo Roots are captivating audiences all across the Midwest.
Learn more: www.themojoroots.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.
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/
Molly Gene One Whoaman Band
Molly Gene One Whoaman Band is a true one person band. She produces a full band sound all by herself with ferocious slide guitar, harmonica, and sings with a powerful voice, all whilst kicking out beats on her custom Farmer Footdrum. Growing up between the Florida Keys and a rural farm in central Missouri, Molly honed her own unique sound with roots in the deep blues and folk with her own rock n roll edge. In 2009 she found herself playing more and more shows and soon recorded her first studio album "Hillbilly Love", an 11 song romp and stomp on the Solid Audio Productions record label. Immediately following that release she was asked to go on a U.S. tour with one man band legend Bob Log III to much acclaim. This began her trip down the road to share the stage with some of the best in roots music in the following months (Left Lane Cruiser, Sissormen, Reverend Deadeye, Goddamn Gallows, Ten Foot Polecats), including delivering arguably one of the best performances at the 2011 Deep Blues Festival in Cleveland Ohio. In the fall of 2011 Molly returned to the studio to record her much anticipated follow-up album "Folk Blues and Booze". Her second release features 14 songs, a mixture of folk songs recorded on her resonator in an old historic courthouse, her own brand of blues, and her signature whiskey soaked rockers (booze). Immediately after its recent release in late October, Molly was asked along on the road with yet another on the forefront of one man bands, Scott H. Biram. The two teamed up with Joe Buck Yourself for an unforgettable set of performances all over the western United States.
Nowadays Molly Gene finds herself constantly on tour. Endorsed by Farmer Footdrums, she recently toured the west coast landing in Anaheim CA to help show off the latest versions of one man band gear at the 2012 NAMM show, followed by a month of touring with her friend Reverend Deadeye, east coast/Canadian tour, and a summer European tour featuring performances at Blues Rules festival in Switzerland, Muddy Roots Europe, and then back home in time for Farmegedon Fest, Muddy Roots 2012 in Tennessee, Deep Blues Fest, and a 2012 U.S. tour.
Regardless of which of these places one might see her, Molly strives to rock your face off, and stands on her own as one of the best performers out there that needs no band. It's not just a mans world anymore, make way for the Whoaman.
Learn more: www.mollygene.com
We Live in Public
We Live in Public formed at the end of 2010 in a storage unit on the outskirts of downtown Columbia, Missouri. Founding members Jaeson Day and Matt Olson were looking to form a full band to record a new batch of material they had been working on. They teamed up with fellow musicians Zach Denison and Devin Burrow, and within a month the band recorded its self-titled demo. WLIP comes armed with the unique ability to play everything from intimate acoustic sets to full-fledged rock shows. Employing a spicy blend of rock, funk, pop and blues, the group relies on powerful harmonies, danceable rhythms and clever songwriting to entice and entertain its audiences.
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.
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
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
We are a couple of ladies from the midwest that love the old timey folk/bluegrass music that we have grown up with and are attempting our version this sound. From the twangy vocals, to the strumming guitar, to the sweet picking of the mandolin we've created our own sound that we like to call folkgrass. so here's our take on it and we hope you enjoy it!
Learn more: www.facebook.com/pages/Sunshine-Mamas
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