The Rough & Tumble
June 26, 2021
The Rough & Tumble aren’t casual road dogs, but they aren’t letting on, either. Since 2011, this dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana duo’s upbeat, commanding stage presence and sharp banter, earworm-inducing melodies and heartstring lyrics have been making friends of strangers across the four corners of the United States. Since hitting the road full time in 2015 after a bad landlord left them freezing in a Nashville ice storm, The Rough & Tumble (Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler) have been defying genre stereotypes and embracing the rambling life with their multi-instrumentation, meandering shenanigans, and genuine songwriting– all packed into a 16’ camper with two 100lb rescue dogs
Their most recent album, 2019’s Howling Back at the Wounded Dog was met with an enthusiastic response from fans and critics alike, engaging audiences who are literally howling back coast-to-coast. The opening track, “The Hardest Part,” was judged Americana Song of the year by the 2019 Independent Music Awards. You can find more on The Rough & Tumble, their monthly blogs, their weekly comic strip, or their updated tour schedule at www.theroughandtumble.com.
July 10, 2021
Cousin Curtiss was born and raised in Northern Michigan but has since lived in St. Lucia; Tok, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; and now resides in Colorado. His songs are directly influenced by life on the road, strangers with strange stories, love of family and friends, teaching, adventure, and hypothetical situations that help fill the loneliness and silence of long road trips. These songs are brought to life with aggressive finger picking, incendiary harmonica solos, and a contagious four-on-the-floor bass beat generated by a self-made “stompbox.”
Audience members are often blown away at how much music Cousin Curtiss generates as a single person. Match that with a crisp and soulful voice that fills an auditorium and still cuts to the core of anyone in the crowd and you have the ultimate performer.
July 17, 2021
Often referred to as the female Chris Stapleton, Morgan Myles is Rolling Stone Magazine’s One to Watch. She makes it look and sound so easy, earning critical acclaim from Billboard Magazine, CMT, American Songwriter and more, Myles has started her career off right. You can hear her on Cody Johnson’s latest, Nothing on You or you hear her debut album called Therapy available on all streaming platforms. Myles songs display strength, perseverance, and empowerment. Her music is raw matched with once in a lifetime vocals; it’s not shocking that her songs have made even the strongest men cry (true story). She has shared the stage with some of the best including Reba, Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams and More. Myles also lets her heart be showcased through her music and touring with a huge focus on giving back, in 2020 Myles launched a Myles of Gratitude tour where she stopped at nursing homes, VA hospitals, women’s shelters, and military bases to provide free entertainment and holiday cheer to those who will not get to see their families due to pandemic. She will be continuing this in 2021 launching her new single, Woman of My Word and partnering with local women’s organizations to perform for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and hardships.
Horton Creek Bluegrass
July 31, 2021 September 4, 2021
Horton Creek Bluegrass formed in 2004 after they played, what they thought, was a one time gig to fill a spot. That one show went so well, that they had to keep on going. Initially, they began by playing mostly traditional bluegrass and gospel music. As time went on, they began to expand their musical influences, to create a sound that incorporates traditional/progressive bluegrass, country western, a little bit of rock n’ roll, all while keeping the core around the roots music.
As our sound transformed, and the chemistry between band members grew and grew, the bookings for shows started rolling in. We have played concerts for sold out theaters, Bliss Fest, as well as, being the opening act for major players in the industry, such as Trick Pony and Kellie Pickler.
Gaines & Wagoner
August 7, 2021
Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines have been in-demand private instructors, session musicians and performers in the Midwest for over three decades with tours spanning the US and Europe. Together and separately, they are founding members of several of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups, past and present: Harmonious Wail (vintage jazz), The Common Faces (original “folk-soul”), The Bob Westfall Band (original “jazz-grass”), The Moon Gypsies (original Americana / Roots-Rock), The Stellanovas (“cafe jazz”) and Graminy (original “class-grass”). Regular work with other ensembles and artists has included: Randy Sabien’s “Fiddlehead” Band, Salt Creek (progressive Bluegrass band based in Milwaukee), The North Country Drifters (Western Swing), The Best Westerns (Western Swing), Honor Among Thieves (Original Rock) and performance and recording with singer- songwriters, Carrie Newcomer, Tret Fure, L.J. Booth, Whitney Mann, Josh Harty and Blake Thomas.
August 14, 2021
Stella! is an all-female, American roots trio from southeast Michigan featuring three-part vocal harmonies, a variety of instrument voices and original songwriting. The band was founded by singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere (founder and former member of the band Uncle Earl) and under the guidance and patronage of Dave Marsh (co-founder of Creem Magazine/ Rolling Stone contributor) recorded their debut album “Sorry Stella!” in 2012. The Stella ladies have performed at numerous festivals and concert series in the Great Lakes region and in March 2017, were invited to record a LIVE performance for Backstage Pass on WKAR/PBS. In fall 2017,
Julianna Wilson (The Springtails) took over as the newest member of the band, replacing Laura Ann Bates on upright bass and forming the band’s current line-up.