Ghost Town Blues Band

 Photo: Chris Hoyt

Photo: Chris Hoyt

"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard."  -Living Blues Magazine 

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Recently featured at Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 4-time 2016 Independent Blues Award Nominee and International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. 

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival circuit today.” Both Andrew McNeill behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Tim Stanek on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from fresh to Funky as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed all across North America at over 100 festivals and will perform a half-dozen international tours in 2018.

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“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”  -Living Blues Magazine

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Kris Lager Band

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A genuine musical journeyman, Kris Lager brings a feel good musical experience everywhere he goes.  One of those rare and dynamic performers who deliver a combination of musical ability and charisma, Kris Lager will  make you want to dance, clap, and sing along creating a fun and interactive show laced with road tested songs, and contagious grooves. 

“I wanna lift up your spirits through song and dance!”, Says Kris Lager.  “When music is created from a place of love and delivered with good intentions it is undeniably powerful. There’s nothing better than making the people around you feel good.  The ultimate compliment for me is when folks come up to me at after a show and say I was having a horrible day or I was in a bad mood and now I feel great.”

ased out of Omaha, Nebraska Kris Lager Band has been zig zagging the country spreading their brand of “Feel Good Funk & Heavy Soul” for over 15 years.  This spring KLB will release an album called ‘Love Songs & Life Lines’.  It was recorded at White Wall Studios earlier this year in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and mixed by Grammy Award Winning Producer, Jim Gaines (Santana, Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Stevie Ray Vaughan).  The album is a collection of love songs, and various heart tugging tunes featuring a more acoustic and Folksy/Americana side of Kris’ songwriting.  The recording is a slight departure from their ‘Swaggering Rock ’n’ Roll’ and Blues infused electric guitar grooves that make up a lot their 2016 release ‘Rise & Shine’.

Kris Lager Band is quietly establishing themselves as one of the most storied and treasured groups in the Midwest’s music scene.  They honed their skills for many years in and around Nebraska when in 2007 they were invited to hit the road as indigenous.  They backed up frontman and guitar hero, Mato Nanji for over two years and were featured on Indigenous’ Jamie Candiliro Produced (Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) Vanguard Records release ‘Broken Lands’.  You might also recognize Kris Lager from working and touring alongside Andy Frasco & The U.N. The group covered 3 of Kris’ songs on their 2014 release ‘Half A Man’ and have made ‘Sunny Day Souldier’ a staple at their live shows.  This year they also featured the composition on their Ruf Records released live album, ‘Songs From The Road’. 

The Legendary Bluesman, Tab Benoit is also a fan.  Proclaiming “These guys are the real deal! Go see them whenever they come to your town!”  He produced and recorded KLB’s 2013 release ‘Platte River Runaway’ at his home studio in Houma, Louisiana.  Soon after they worked with Tab Benoit they went to San Francisco and recorded with Bay area funk maestros, Monophonics at their Transistor Studios. The result was 2014’s ‘Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance’ mixed by Orgone’s Sergio Rios.  The release caught the attention of Ohio’s Colemine Records, who released two of the tracks as a 45 and also featured the release on their internationally distributed Soul Slabs LP.

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Left Wing Bourbon

Officially formed in 2007, Left Wing Bourbon is a confluence of regional musical streams. Seasoned with years of hosting and playing at Blues jams, they consistently move the masses to swing their hips at summer festivals, mixing soul, boogie, and funk into a kinetic Blues cocktail guaranteed to get you groovin’.

Faith Ulwelling’s vocals channel 60s soul and Delta grit; her brother, Jacob Ulwelling, caresses his bass until it moans and sings a counterpoint all its own. Tim Caswell (keys) brings sawdust-stage savvy to the performance, careening the band from ragtime to Motown, enhancing LWB’s funkadelic essence. Nancy Long (drums) and John Nietz (guitar) magnify the vibe, lifting audiences to their feet, seducing them to sway in time.

“They’re some of the best around. [Faith’s voice] is fantastic,” asserts long-time Tuesday Night Blues favorite Catya.

Influenced by the songs of Jon Cleary, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Robert Cray, Ray Charles, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Koko Taylor, and Etta James, LWB’s roots reach deeper than you’d expect for a Blues band from West-Central Wisconsin.

Members of the group were playing alongside Blues veterans at the famous River’s Edge Blues jams in the 90s and took those impressions firmly to heart. While the Blues jam venues may have faded into memory over time, the members of LWB continued to refine their style into what is now an ever-evolving, fast-flowing musical river of Blues-funk.

“Left Wing Bourbon is a band that plays well on the fly and launches from song to song without a lull. It’s a band that puts on a show full of kick-ass energy, a show that you should definitely check out… This isn’t a band that hits soft or slow. Everything about their performance is full. These guys are polished, and they feed off each other as you might expect from a group that’s this closely knit… Some of the strongest and most soulful vocals you’ll hear north of the Mississippi delta… You will get shivers up your spine.” ~ Matt Ledger for Volume One ingbourbon.com
 
 
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