Kyle tuttle Band
International Banjo Champion Kyle Tuttle is shredding his way through the jamgrass scene. Since moving to Nashville in 2012 Kyle has shared the stage with many epic performers, most notably as a member of the Jeff Austin Band for 3 years. Kyle has also worked closely with Jamgrass legends Lrarry Keel, Travelin’ McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, and Railroad Earth. In addition to being seen around the jamgrass circuit, Kyle is a studio musician in Nashville, and recently produced the Chain Station album ‘Backroads’.
A few words from Jeff Austin about Kyle, “He’s one of a kind, I’m telling you. If there’s a better banjo player then show them to me. It’s a rare gift when somebody can connect theoretical musical depth, like knowing what phrasing you’re using, or what key you’re in, or what variation on the chord you’re using with, fucking balls of fucking steel. To just be able to dig in like he does and play his ass off, it’s amazing.”
Kyle’s debut album ‘Bobcat’ was released in 2016. Pete Wernick of Hot Rize says about the record, “Precious few banjo players have both solid mastery of traditional Scruggs style and also the impulse and ability to make eclectic excursions using high-challenge techniques. On Bobcat, that combination creates a likeable “anything might happen” feeling that pulls the listener in. Kyle’s tone and execution are clean and attractive, and help sell his musical choices to the listener. In all, Bobcat is a welcome debut, introducing us to a banjo player who deserves our attention.”
Album “Bobcat on the Banjo” on Spotify: http://bit.ly/bobcatbanjo
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band born high in the mountains but based in Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. A bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.
In the summer of 2006, Alex Thoele and Jon Pickett met while playing guitars around a campfire, high on a mountaintop in Estes Park, CO. The two have been entertaining and writing music since. In 2010, they were joined by mandolin player and fellow midwesterner, Jarett Mason. The newest addition to the band as of December 2018 is Chris “C-Bob” Elliot on banjo and vocals.
They've become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It's obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with insane energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a fun show.
Studio album #3 ”Backroads” released in April 2019 to follow their album “Where I want To Be” October, 2016. In 2015 a live album “Chain Up Volume 1” was released and the debut studio album “Dancin’ With the Law” hit the scene in 2013. Chain Station has directly supported bands such as The Del McCoury Band, The Devil Makes Three, The Travelin' McCourys, Steve Poltz, Larry Sparks, The Jeff Austin Band, Sierra Hull, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Trout Steak Revival, The Railsplitters, Fruition, Hot Buttered Rum, Deadphish Orchestra and many more.
This band has been living life through music and adventures together for more than six years. Relentless gigging in their home state of Colorado, the mountain west, the midwest, Pacific Northwest and a 2018 Summer Canadian tour has made this band of brothers one of the tightest and most professional little gang of muppets on the scene today.
Unfit Wives made their initial appearance on the scene in January 2019 as a four-piece act strapped with instruments, clad in boots, and armed with original tunes. Huddled around a single mic, each member of the group takes turns singing and delivering their own unique brand of “unfit”-ness.
Accomplished songstress Jenna Rae has audiences wrapped around her finger with relatable lyrics, ear-worm hooks, and an unmistakable voice that can cut through even the busiest of crowds. Life-long fiddler, Shannon O’Shea, gives an electrifying, skillful, bluegrass performance along with spirited singing and dancing that keeps fans on their feet. Soulful mandolinist, Monica Greenwood, has a voice that shakes venues off their foundation and songwriting steeped with Louisiana-ragtime flavor, cheeky real-ness, and garnished with a saucy but sweet attitude. Punk-folk bassist, Kahlen Mitchell, hits her stride every show with her slap-style bass playing that also brings percussive excitement to the group’s songs.
Unfit Wives have performed in a variety of settings from bars, wineries and private events, to larger listening rooms including Knuckleheads Saloon, Liberty Hall, and The Granada Theater in Emporia, KS. No matter the size of the stage (or if there even is one), these ladies bring hot licks, humorous lyrics, feisty four-part harmonies and a high-spirited performance to every show. Their original songs incorporate honest emotions of Unfit Wives and the name was inspired by society’s pressure on women to conform to its standards. Some of their influences include Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Patsy Cline, The Dillard’s, Merle Haggard, The Dixie Chicks, Bill Monroe, and Split Lip Rayfield.
Pretend Friend is a string band out of Wichita, Kansas. Their songs meld traditional bluegrass and folk with rock and roll zest, and their performances are distinguished by strong lead vocals, high-energy picking and three-part harmonies. They have been described as “new high lonesome” and their sound as “if Robert Plant and the Stanley Brothers had a baby.”
Pretend Friend tours nationally and has performed at the Walnut Valley Festival, Riverfest, String Break, Mamaloupalooza, Bluegrass at the Lake, and Acoustic Vacation.
Konza Swamp Band
The Konza Swamp Band has been playing rollicking bluegrass, country, and old-time music for twenty years! KSB formed as the house band at Stage 7 in the Pecan Grove during the Walnut Valley Music Festival. This seven-piece string band combines wonderul three and four part harmonies with outstanding musicianship. For a perfect blend of originals, bluegrass and country favorites, as well as old-time dances tunes, you are sure to enjoy the Konza Swamp Band!
Foggy Memory Boys
THE FOG IS COMING.... A new kind of bluegrass revolution is happening in the unlikely town of Taos, New Mexico. With a fresh rip -snortin’ approach to strong melodically driven songs that have been Carefully crafted to have a sound all their own. The band has been pushing their way to the forefront of the New Mexico bluegrass scene. Formed around late night jams at the prestigious Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, they blur the lines between traditional bluegrass roots music and more contemporary styles.
Performed with a raw intensity, the Lightning fast instrumentals with their soul crushing melodies will make your head spin. The playful energy and smooth singing harmonies will have you up on your feet to the beat. (maybe even a Shell Silverstein poem) Tucked in the Mountains far away from everything…….. they are creating something different and unique.The Foggy Memory Boys combine the skills of New Mexico state Mandolin Champion Jacob Hagerty on mandolin, the lightning-fast picking of Andy Yeomans on guitar, Undertaker Uncle Willie Hunton on dobro, and singer songwriter extraordinaire Zephaniah Stringfield. While all four are talented in their own right, FMB is definitely a case of the whole being greater than its parts. Quickly becoming one of the most exciting acoustic acts in the Southwest today, performing at events with bands such as Tim O’brien, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the Infamous Stringdusters, Liver Down the River, and the Kyle Tuttle band. Bringing that festival vibe to whatever venue they appear.The Foggy Memory Boys are descending from the wild heart of the Taos mountains and spreading across the region.