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.
Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four piece string band from northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk. With a loyal following growing every day in the Natural State and along their tour routes, the band is proud to be stepping into a hard-driving sound unique to the Arkansas quartet.
The third album (If I Were You, released April 2017) of all original material finds the palate expanded with more complex melodies, intriguing rhythms, and hard-hitting hooks that leave the songs whirling around your head long after the listening experience.
The hard-working musicians are filling the calendar with upcoming appearances at premiere music festivals and venues in and around Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, New Mexico, and Missouri.
The band’s roots go back to 2011 when founding members Ethan Bush, Zac Archuleta, and Stephen Jolly began writing together after becoming acquainted through mutual connections in the close-knit Fayetteville music scene. After a couple of years building a repertoire of original music and releasing their first album (Hambone) as a trio, they were joined by Tom Andersen on the upright bass and Adams Collins on the five-string banjo. The road-tested chops Andersen and Collins brought to the table helped to cultivate the mature, well-rounded sound needed to accommodate their sophomore release “All Day Long.”
An Arkansauce show is riddled with improvisational guitar, banjo, and mandolin leads, paired with powerful harmonies and heart-felt songwriting, all held together by deep foot-stompin' bass grooves. There’s an undeniably intimate connection between the band and their fans that's contagious and leaves everyone in front of, and on the stage wanting more. Arkansauce holds their head high, as they look forward to enjoying everything life and music has in store for them and their fans.
Pretend Friend is tight, right, genre-defying progressive bluegrass out of Wichita, Kansas and has released new music and toured since 2017. Pretend Friend sounds like the quick-pickin' offspring of Robert Plant and the Stanley Brothers, and their performances are loaded with improv jams and harmonies.
"Pretend Friend respects tradition and its musical heritage while consistently breaking new ground. The combination of expert writing and outstanding musicianship places the band in rarified company—one of those bands that wows fellow musicians with its acumen and leaves everyone tapping their toes and singing along to songs that seem to have always been."
Haymakers takes the concept of the string band and plugs it into a broad swath of acoustic music that stretches from traditional folk to Americana, from Appalachian mountain music to western swing, and even into the realm of the jam band.
the dewayn brothers
Laying claim to a uniquely non-traditional Kansas bluegrass sound, The Dewayn Brothers draw on influences ranging from Jimi Martin to Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton to Dream Theater. With a strong female vocalist at the helm, the band is equally comfortable playing barn-burning drinking songs as well as ballads of love and loss. After forming in 2001, The Dewayn Brothers quickly gained popularity with local and regional audiences and in 2005 embarked on an extensive national touring schedule that took them from coast to coast and north to south.
After five years of touring the country, The Dewayn Brothers hung up their hats to pursue the common things in life: education, families, etc. In 2014, the group reformed, bringing another decade’s worth of experiences and life lessons to their material both old and new.
The line-up currently consists of four of the original members, Jamie Briggeman: vocals, Garrett Briggeman: banjo/vocals, Kelby Kimberlin: upright bass/vocals, Eric Nelson: guitar/harmonica/vocals, and a new face, though an old friend Lucas Mitchell: mandolin/fiddle.
Old Fangled is made up of Lawrence (KS) area music veterans of the last 20 years who have honed their exuberant style which is a forthright cross-section of American music including bluegrass, old-time country, honky-tonk, and western swing.
From backyard parties to local community events to music festivals, Old Fangled can be found just about anywhere people gather to relax and enjoy music. Doug Byers: Mandolin Dave Learned: Guitar Paul Schmidt: Dobro Greg Yother: Bass Chris Millspaugh: Harmonicas