Acoustics Anonymous bridges the gap between groove and grass. Injecting gravity and soul into anything they touch, and coating it all with a shimmering layer of harmonies, the music can at one moment be raucous and at the next hushed.
The band formed in 2012 and in its short career has shared bills with such renowned acts as New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, Terrapin Flyer, The Giving Tree Band and many more in venues from the Midwest to the East coast. With nearly 150 shows and their debut album, Honest & Wild, under their belt, Acoustics Anonymous continues to win the dedication and enthusiasm of new crowds, one smokin’ show at a time.
“Pirate Signal redefine the concept of Alternative Rock. Clever chordal statements mixed with educated lyrics create an assortment of flavors, making an inventive and rewarding treat for your ears. Pirate Signal are on the cutting edge of the moody masterpieces of rock that has been introduced by ground breakers such as Radiohead, Nirvana and MUSE.
Pirate Signal live grabs you from beat one and never subsides till the final chord of the show. A unique and impressive presentation? Absolutely!”
If you’re looking for a traditional rock band with a sweet female vocalist, keep looking.
Bible Belt Sinners have never been typical. Bringing to the table the raw power of a growling blues vocal with all the grittiness of a punk rock band, BBS combines such influences for an original sound and unforgettable experience. The drummer of BBS plays standing up, and makes it look easy. Grotto combines savvy style with high energy and often ends a song from three feet in the air.
Known for their live shows, BBS enjoy stage antics like feeding each other shots of whiskey will still playing and performing. Front Woman Miss Molly Simms joined the band in 2010, after her local win of the River Front Time’s “Best Female Vocalist”. Aside from her powerhouse vocals, Molly plays clean warm tone lead licks, reminiscent of her roots in blues music.
Doghouse bass player Myles Richardson is the youngest member of the band. He brings extraordinary energy and enthusiasm to the stage. His roots are based in twangy old country but he’s no stranger to rock n’ roll. The muddy, distorted and sometimes twangy lead guitar of Andrew Bono has been said to make the band sound larger than it actually is. Opening for Chuck Berry in 2010, BBS has been enjoying radio and television spots and a loyal and growing fan base of thousands.
The Bible Belt Sinners have taken the stage across the USA, charming every crowd large and small.
Bible Belt Sinners don’t tip toe around country classics or play covers you’re sick of hearing- their rendition of Ernest Tubb’s “Saturday Satan, Sunday Saint” turns the song on it’s head and gives it the new life it needs.
Original tunes are of course the band’s focus, with most songs being co-written by the entire group, and some songs written solely by Ms. Simms. BBS is currently working on new songs for their upcoming album in 2014.
Mountain Sprout is a highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with whitty lyrics and face melting musicianship. The Sprouts are a full-time working band and play shows all year round for anyone who will listen. Whether it be Grayson Klauber playing his machine gun banjo, singing out the novel of our lives or guitarists Adam Waggs and Ratliffe Dean Thiebaud, who yank up the melody up by the ear and keep you kickin’. With a smile on his face, Daniel Redmond pulls out cannon fire notes pounding the stand-up dog house bass, and Mike Schembre gives the crowd a spectacular show, burnin’ rosin and bendin’ air, exploding the fiddle while bursting into flames. Together, they are MOUNTAIN SPROUT.
Spaceship consists of a group of local St. Louis musicians: Ryan Benthall (keys) Jake Zeng (bass) Stephen Haake (drums) AJ Lane (trumpet). The live experience consists of interplay with live improvisation and modern jazz/funk/blues arrangements. A show always dedicated to bringing the audience something new and thought-provoking.
If Banditos have not managed to catch your attention yet have no doubt that everything we believe bands should aspire to be, the skill hidden behind pure appreciation, nice guys not always finishing last and the whole bit, this band out of Birmingham, AL via Nashville, TN are all of that but better. Most bands you can feel out before they ever take the stage, there is a certain arrogance in demeanor, especially the venomous confidence which most Nashville bands seem to convey. Still it is the bands not fitting within that mold who always seem to find their own way; it is a rare find but damn it is fulfilling when you do. I knew a fighter years ago who would always say, “when I walk into a room it’s the quiet guy in the corner who makes me nervous, the guys who can destroy you have no need to bark like a dog on a chain.” Banditos remind me quite distinctly of those words. The difference between the group of dudes chain smoking with awed face appreciation and the dancing flames of country madness which appears for their fleeting forty minute set is unreal. They may easily be the tightest and most relaxed band on the road right now. There are sparks but this is far from a flashy band so, to some extent, even when in their element, they are humble because those flashes of energy, the swells of emotions which keep the crowd edging forward, are controlled with precise restraint. When they do go off though it is hard to remember where you are for a few minutes.
Heart forever on his sleeve, Dan Patrick Fulton plays a hopeful but bruised brand of love song. Dan’s songwriting career started in the Minneapolis, MN area where a high school crush inspired his first real song. Recording a demo of it kicked of a life-long addiction to writing and recording. The habit followed Dan to St. Louis, where he started his first band while in college. It follows him still in Los Angeles, where he writes and records songs of heartbreak and healing with influences as varied as Bob Seger, Glen Hansard, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nirvana and Pink Floyd. His voice has been compared to that of Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, and Adam Duritz and his songs are reminiscent of artists like Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Bruce Springsteen and Damien Rice. It’s music you might call Americana with a bleeding, Celtic heart.
“It seems that as soon as the Trip Daddys became St. Louis’ best rockabilly act (not long after the group’s formation, nearly twenty years ago), the band’s members set out to convince its listeners that they weren’t just a rockabilly band. The threads of electric blues, hillbilly swing and Bakersfield country became fused in rockabilly’s brief comet; Trip Daddys’ guitarist, singer and head honcho Craig Straubinger simply wants to follow all of those threads, and a few more” —Christian Schaeffer, The Riverfront Times 4/10/14
Brian Hyken & The Wanderlust is a Psychedelic Rock and Roll band that formed in 2013. Up-and-coming band members consist of singer and lead guitarist Brian Hyken, bassist Sam Fruend, and drummer Mike McCulloch. The band is in the process of sharing their new sound with New Orleans and beyond, planning to release their debut EP next month. Follow them as they solidify themselves as a fresh New Orleans act.