Dirty Boots are a country-rock-power-pop band from Bucks County, PA.
Sam Steinig, lead singer and organist for Mount Airy garage soul band the GTVs, was riding the train to the city, casually talking to Scott Galper, someone he'd known from his neighborhood's babysitting co-op.
He'd mentioned his band at the time, Mondo Topless, was on Get Hip Records. And much to their surprise Galper, drummer of The Heretics, was on Get Hip as well. "What are the odds," Steinig says with wide eyes, "That the guy that lives two blocks away from me, is in the same babysitting co-op – I mean, I babysat his daughter! – played in a band on the same label just before my last band got on it."
After Mondo Topless parted ways in 2011, Steinig told Galper he wanted to form a new band.
Fast forward two years, and The GTV's about to release their first LP, Sh'Bang!, on Italy's Teen Sound Records.
A family Thanksgiving gathering in 2009 – more precisely, an after-dinner, all-night jam session between father and sons gave birth spontaneously to the performance group Ronstadt Generations. Michael J. (guitar/mandolin/mandocello/vocals) found himself running through generations of material with his two sons, Michael G. (cello/mandolin/guitar/vocals) and Petie (guitar/bass/vocals). This session evolved into a rehearsal as the trio played the passages again and again, figuring out harmonies and developing arrangements. Ronstadt Generations was born.
Steeped in family music traditions dating to the 1840s when his great-grandfather emigrated from Germany and settled in the Southwest, Michael J. Ronstadt – younger brother of renowned singer Linda Ronstadt – was just wrapping up seven years touring internationally with the Santa Cruz River Band. Simultaneously, his sons Michael G. and Petie had become increasingly engaged in individual music endeavors.
That jam session became a flashpoint, providing inspiration and impetus for Michael J. to return to his music roots and to create a project to explore, preserve and share the rich musical history of the Ronstadt family. That legacy, noted in a number of history books and publications, began in the late 1800s with his grandfather, Federico "Fred" Ronstadt, and is an important piece of the fabric of Tucson and the entire Southwest region of the United States.
Today, that long history continues with Ronstadt Generations
The Fitch Brothers bring raucous rock covers and originals to the stage with an energetic style that you must see to appreciate.
Behind the Fitchtastic sound are five musicians with decades of experience and four-part harmonies so sweet you'd swear they are brothers ... but are they?
Two of the band's long-term members (AJ Fitch & RJ Fitch) have self-produced four albums under the name Ultrasonic Jones.
Many of those songs enjoy a second life as part of The Fitch Brothers live performances.
Expect a SuperDeluxe music experience and a super good time!
The charming authenticity of Ryan Tennis' sound has drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Bill Withers and Ben Harper--surprising likenesses for an all-American college football player turned singer/songwriter. While his disarming lyrics and singable melodies display a rare sensitivity, the intensity of his live performances - solo or backed by the raucous Clubhouse Band - hint at his gridiron past. Shows swing as easily from pin-drop-silence-inducing acoustic ballads to deep-grooving funk jams and bumping roots reggae covers. Revealed in the varied whole is an artist devoted to honest songwriting and willing to follow his own expression to a place beyond easy categorization.
Tennis' ability to connect with diverse audiences has endeared him to fans at home and abroad, and with a dogged DIY mentality the last two years have seen him orchestrate successful tours through Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Colombia, and Argentina.
Stateside, Tennis has an ever-expanding regional tour schedule revolving around his home city of Philadelphia. He has opened for Grammy Winners Kenny Loggins and Shawn Colvin, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge's "Emerging Artist Showcase," and shared the stage with folk legends Ellis Paul and Jonatha Brook. He's appeared on NBC's The 10! Show and 6abc's Tuned in, and has become a regular on Philadelphia independent radio. In 2010, Tennis emerged atop more than 600 entrants in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Contest, and was nominated as Philadelphia's singer/songwriter of the year by both Origivation Magazine and WSTW's Hometown Heroes.
Elements Combine and Music is Made
Jonathan Denny developed his vocal and performance style while traveling across country and playing street music, including an extended stint in New Orleans. Listening to other street musicians, he learned how to create big sound from limited resources.
Noah Hudson's strong rhythms and his calmer physical presence are the perfect anchor to balance Denny's free-spirited approach to music and life.
Michael Young...in addition to playing percussion, brings real-world focus and skills necessary to creative survival: He manages and markets the band.
The music is a mix of bluegrass, rock, funk, jazz, blues, hip hop, other stuff, and a bit more than these elements combined.
These three young men are creating a precious musical and artistic commodity: Their own sound and style.
Vermilion was formed by the family trio of vocalist extraordinaire Brooke Shive, brother and guitarist/songwriter, Ryan David Shive and father, drummer and songwriter, Steve Shive in early 2014.
The amazing guitar work of friend and musical brother Tom Livecchi, also a contributing songwriter, and bassist Pat Soriero rounds out the current lineup.
Brooke and Steve, formerly the driving forces behind their band, Brooke Shive & the 45's, decided to move in a younger fresher, musical direction, and the time was right to bring Ryan and his good friend Tom on board the adventure.
The musical depth of this band in such a short time is nothing short of amazing, as all of the material they perform literally did not exist 9 months ago.
Ryan, Steve, Tom and Brooke have been writing, arranging and recording their infectious brand of alt-rock, blues and country over that time, with the emphasis on american rock.
Finally they have reached the point where it's time to take their rock show on the road and play to the fans who have been waiting for this band to showcase their wares!
Dirty Purple is an all-girl alternative/rock band from Bucks County, PA.
Five women who write & play everything, and kick outstanding songs comparable to any monster rock band in the past 30 years.
Philadelphia is home to one of the finest blues harp players in the world, much to the surprise of people not "inside" the blues scene. Over the past forty-plus years, 2009 Handy Award nominee Steve Guyger has been dishing out some of the finest blues to be heard anywhere. Whether in a duo, trio, or with his band, The Excellos, Steve always rocks the house.
Steve has toured with the late Jimmy Rogers, among others, and has played with many of the great Chicago bluesmen and contemporary players, yet he remains one of the best kept secrets in blues. The late William Clarke called Steve "the best harp player I've ever seen." Mark Hummel called him "a monster player." If you have heard Steve play, you know what they're talking about. If you've never heard him, you're missing a major page in your blues portfolio.
After receiving his first harmonica as a gift from a family friend, he had heard his first blues record and his life was never the same! Dennis already was a life-long music fan (having grown up on country & western and big band/oldies), and already was acquiring a decent record collection (thanks to his obsession with music & his own radio show in high school!), but the harmonica took him in a whole new direction. Before long, Dennis was tracking down all the harmonica and blues records he could find, and tried to learn as much as he could.
Having been in New Orleans during 1992-3, Dennis came back home to the Garden State of NJ and quickly gained a reputation as a young rising star on the local blues scene working in a couple different local blues bands. In addition to studying the classic harmonica & Chicago Blues records (Little Walter, Big Walter, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, etc...), Dennis also "cut his teeth" on some classic blues/R&B/swing saxophone records from the likes of Illinois Jacquet, Willis Jackson, Red Prysock, and Gene Ammons. In 1998 he started to form his own local "all-star" band, using members pulled from other regional bands (including the great saxophonist Joel Frahm). Ever since his self-titled debut with that band (Dennis Gruenling & Jump Time!) hit the streets in 1999, Dennis has pulled in countless fans and numerous accolades from critics & musicians around the world for his swinging, highly original harmonica sound and style. Taking equal parts from the harmonica and swing/saxophone traditions and styles, Dennis has pushed the boundaries further for the sound of blues harmonica, while in the meantime pioneering a whole new sound and direction for the harmonica.
Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida's Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting. With a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, as well as Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug leaves his own mark whether swingin' on the big jazz box, or playing straight up blues on the solid body Fender guitar. While playing the local Detroit scene in the early 90′s, major players began to take notice, and Doug spent much of the following years backing many of the day's top touring blues artists, including Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, legendary Louisiana swamp bluesman Lazy Lester, Gary Primich, Chicago greats Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones, and A.C. Reed, as well as Detroit's own Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams.
With a decade of touring and recording to his credit, Doug has earned his position alongside today's heavies on the blues scene. Leading his band, The Jewel Tones, Doug continues to bring noteworthy traditional and original roots music to his audiences. Doug's latest recording, What's it Gonna Take, exhibits the outstanding guitar work and remarkable singing and songwriting that have become Doug's calling card.
Dennis Gruenling is without a doubt one of the baddest, swingingest, most innovative harp blowers on the planet. For the past fifteen years, Dennis has played with many top-notch traditional blues acts such as Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, A.C. Reed, Nappy Brown, and Homesick James, as well as his own original jump blues outfit "Jump Time". For years critics and musicians worldwide have been praising how he blends both the blues harmonica and swing saxophone traditions, as he pioneers a whole new sound and direction for the harp.
Also one of the world's foremost blues harmonica instructors, Dennis is also in demand as a harmonica teacher and lecturer worldwide, in addition to the blues history knowledge he airs on his weekly "Blues & the Beat" radio program (WFDU-FM). Equally adept at performing, composing, arranging, and teaching, what fans remember most is the fun, energy, and emotional intensity of each and every show he is a part of.
The Late Saints are a Gypsy Rock trio from Philadelphia known for their entertaining high-energy performances, unique style and trademark lead kazoo lines.
Founded at the beginning of 2013 by front man Jacopo De Nicola they have received overwhelmingly positive response, establishing their sound as one of the freshest amid Philly's rising bands.
Treading a path between the lyrical nuances of the Italian Cantautori and the frenetic rhythms a la Manu Chao and Gogol Bordello, The Late Saints manage to charm with infectious original songs, dreamy musical journeys and ludicrous pop covers, re-appropriated and "Italianized." Jacopo's inspired kazoo lines, a soul warming and tasteful homage to the "one man band" street music tradition, define the distinctive band sound.
Mister Revelator is a four piece roots based jam band with a progressive streak tearing up the East Coast.
Drawing upon influences ranging from the streets of New Orleans to the Allman Brothers Beacon Theater shows; Mister Revelator forges their sound from the past, with a distinctive modern feel all their own.
It's music to make you dance, music to sing along with, and music to sip whiskey too.
So stand up, and get down to the sounds of Mister Revelator.