Nathan Dean and The Damn Band
Friday June 24
If you combined the sounds of Prince, Queen, Guns n Roses, and Willie Nelson you probably wouldn’t expect to hear it on country radio. But, that’s exactly where Nathan intends his music to be heard. His diverse taste in music is just one of the things that sets him apart from so many other country artists. Raised in northern Illinois, you’ll also find no southern drawl, no wranglers and no rodeo experience in his background. But, don’t be mistaken, his sound is still all country.
Clayton Mann Band
Saturday June 25
Nashville country artist, Clayton Mann, will tell you he has a mistress - and her name is rock-n-roll! Overwhelmingly talented yet grossly underaged, Clayton began cutting his musical teeth in the dive bars of Chicago at just 11 years old. With a strong preference for hard-charging guitar riffs and melodic fills, Clayton transplanted to Nashville 3 years ago bringing his powerful tenor voice and rock-inspired background with him. A professionally trained vocalist and guitarist, Clayton is influenced by outlaw country Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash overlaid with rock-n-roll influences Guns-N-Roses, AC/DC and KISS. Pepper in some bluesy BB King and a little bit of Elvis Presley, and Clayton manages to fade genre to the back, placing live music back on the map.
Releasing his 4th single "GOOD AS GOSPEL" April 2022, Clayton delivers a heartfelt performance with image-filled lyrics about lessons learned from his Papaw. The Nashville rising star carries a 4-plus octave range that's sweet on the high notes with enough baritone on the deep end to make your spine crawl.
Catching the attention of talent buyers, Clayton has been a supporting artist at Country Fest Cadott, WI as well as supporting Luke Combs at Kicker Country Stampede, 2021. Clayton has also performed at iconic venues such as the Whisky-a-Go-Go on Sunset Strip, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Hard Rock Chicago to Music Row Nashville. When not on tour with his band, Clayton can be found in writers rounds down on Music Row or on stage at the famous Wildhorse Saloon or Ole Red on Lower Broadway, Nashville. Be prepared for a high energy country show peppered with a little bit of soul and a whole lot of rock-n-roll! Clayton Mann is one to turn heads and bend ears. You won't want to miss this up and coming artist!
Cropduster 4 | Nathan Kalish and His Derechos
Friday July 1
Nathan Kalish and his Derechos are a rock band from Nashville TN inspired by sounds of Psychedelic Folk Rock and Cosmic Country and beyond. They play songs from the last critically acclaimed Kalish album Songs for Nobody and tunes from his forthcoming 2022 album.
Cropduster4 radiates an authentic honky-tonk vibe - we're loud enough to make you dance, but not so loud that you can't hear yourself think about your lost loves and that new hottie sitting one table over...
David Graham & The Eskimo Brothers
Friday July 8
The Eskimo Brothers are a high energy honky tonk trio based out of Nashville, Tennessee.
This reckless and manic show has been battle tested and polished from over 300 shows a year, both in the honky tonks of Nashville's historic Lower Broadway and and monthly shows in Memphis on Beale St.
Saturday July 9
Trace Hamilton is a seasoned singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL who needs nothing more than a stage and a cold drink to show a crowd a good time. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and has been writing songs and performing ever since. Hamilton’s charm comes from his ability to connect with his audience at all times while performing, making for an incredibly unique experience every time you see him.
Saturday July 9
Caroline Jones is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist enriching the country scene with her distinct edge and talent. She worked with Zac Brown, Joe Bonamassa, Old Dominion member Matthew Ramsey, and several A-list Nashville musicians on Antipodes, her 13-song sophomore album, released in November 2021, but she wrote most of the record solo and plays guitar, banjo, harmonica, keys, and lap steel on the project. Not only did the record debut at #4 on the iTunes Country chart, but it also contains her first Top 40 country radio hit, “Come In (But Don’t Make Yourself Comfortable),” which she coproduced with Grammy- and Academy Award-winning producer Ric Wake (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston). This hit track has become a TikTok sensation with its viral line dance that’s racked in over 500 million views and counting. Jones has played the Grand Ole Opry and performed on Today Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Kelly Clarkson Show. In 2022, she is rejoining the Zac Brown Band as a special guest multi-instrumentalist on their “Out in the Middle Tour,” and will play major-market headline shows in support of Antipodes.
Erin Edmister and Three Tons
Friday July 15
Chicago country rockers. Records are great but LIVE is where it’s at.
(FULL BAND PERFORMANCE)
Saturday July 16
Mackenzie O'Brien is a singer songwriter and band leader from Northern Illinois. Mackenzie was given the nickname hummingbird as a very young girl as she was often found playing alone and humming made up melodies. This gift has stayed with Mackenzie to this day and she is a sought after melody driven songwriter! To date, Mackenzie has landed several dozen songs on small market radio in the US and in Europe.
Mackenzie continues to build her career with her band in Chicago and with songwriting partnerships around the US. In December of 2019, Mackenzie entered into a relationship with Merf Music Nashville and in more recent months entered into another relationship with Daredevil Productions Nashville. It is through these partnerships that the foundation was developed for Mackenzie's next big project! Mackenzie looks forward to sharing parts of this project in the summer of 2022!
As a band leader, Mackenzie continues to build her band and they have been sought after to appear at county fairs, regional and local fests, Country Thunder (2021 and 2022) and top area venues like Skooters Roadhouse, The Hard Rock Casino, The Cubby Bear, Joe's On Weed Street, The Hideaway Brew Garden, and many many others.
Mackenzie and her band have also opened up for country stars and received recognition from many VIPs in the industry. Stars opened for include: Chris Janson, The Vandoliers, Sam LLanas of the Bodeans, Parker McCollom, and Jordan Davis as well as a post concert played after Lee Brice's show! Further recognition has come from John Oates (Hall N Oates), CB (Head talent producer at The Voice), Artie Kornfeld (former VP at Capitol Records, and from many of Nashville's top writers.
Mackenzie's hope is to build her brand, share new songs and create new partnerships that lead to music with a greater impact on those around her! She is thrilled to have current partnerships with the companies mentioned above as well as with Breedlove Guitars, Carlino Guitar Straps, King Bastey Hats Nashville, and The Moo Country Boutique in Leipers Fork Tennessee!
The Country Doctors
Friday July 22
The Country Doctors founded their practice in 2001. They refer to themselves as an “alt-classic-neo-traditionalist-honkabilly band.” Their roots are in the heartfelt repertoire of country musicians who played and sang with a purity of emotion often lacking in the genre today, while at the same time embracing contemporary artists who share a similar approach to country music. They have great vocalists in the band and do lots of arranged harmonies. They also perform original songs written in the style of the folks who influenced their music, such as Hank Sr., Merle Haggard, George and Tammy, Loretta Lynn and so many more. Their musicians are top notch, with a great rhythm section and soloists. Most of all they like to have fun with their music and their audience.
Saturday July 23
JAKE DODDS Grew up listening to country music. Every Saturday night tuned into the Grand Ole Opry and watching The Statler Brothers Show on TNN with his grandparents. Listening to country on the radio as a kid in the 90’s Jake got hooked on Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw and Tracy Byrd and Clay Walker, but it was really Garth Brooks tv specials that started the dream.
“I used to go in my room, set up the video camera and play double live on repeat acting like I was Garth putting on the show.”
Around 2012 singing karaoke in bars led Jake to join his first band and over the last 9 years Jake has turned a dream of being a country artist into playing hundreds of shows a year across the country, opening for 27 national touring acts all as an independent artist.
In 2021, Jake’s song “She Goes to Work” went to #11 on the iTunes Country Chart and #49 all genre after becoming a viral Tik Tok song celebrating Nurses, Military, and all the ladies on the front lines of our lives. “She Goes to Work” has since been watched millions of times on TikTok and has over a million streams.
Saturday July 30
Originally from the south side of Chicago, Chris James has been making music for most of his life. After studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Chris spent several years collaborating with talented musicians in a few different bands from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Nashville. He has toured the U.S. and Europe, has been the opening act for artists such as Blackberry Smoke, Marshall Tucker, and Miranda Lambert, and has been a part of the Kid Rock Chillin’ the Most Cruise. Chris got his start as a drummer, but spends most of his time these days as a solo act playing the guitar and singing. He now calls Chicago home again and plays gigs all over the city. You can check him out at www.ChrisJameslive.com.
Friday July 29
Introducing the Midwest's most wanted country rock band: Yankee Cowboy! Upbeat, exciting, modern country music with rockin' blasts from the past!
Friday August 5
Clayton Mann is an entertainer - singer/songwriter - touring artist from Nashville, TN. Nashville country artist, Clayton Mann, will tell you he has a mistress - and her name is rock-n-roll! With a strong preference for hard-charging guitar riffs and melodic fills, Clayton transplanted to Nashville 3 years ago bringing his powerful tenor voice and rock-inspired background with him. Overwhelmingly talented yet grossly underaged, Clayton began cutting his musical teeth in the dive bars of Chicago at just 11 years old. A professionally trained vocalist and guitarist, Clayton is influenced by outlaw country Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash overlaid with rock-n-roll influences Guns-N-Roses, AC/DC and KISS. Pepper in some bluesy BB King and a little bit of Elvis Presley, and Clayton manages to fade genre to the back, placing live music back on the map. The Nashville rising star carries a 4-plus octave range that's sweet on the high notes with enough baritone on the deep end to make your spine crawl. Releasing his 3rd single and first ballad, "MAYBE YOU ARE," July 2021, the young Chicago native prefers traditional country with a twist of rock that blends with the riffs, fills, and solos of classic rock. Catching the attention of talent buyers, Clayton has been a supporting artist at Country Fest Cadott, WI supporting Kane Brown, Dustin Lynch and more, as well as supporting Luke Combs at Kicker Country Stampede, 2021. Clayton has also performed at iconic venues such as the Whisky-a-Go-Go on Sunset Strip, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Hard Rock Chicago to Music Row Nashville. When not on tour with his band, Clayton can be found in writers rounds down on Music Row or on stage at Ole Red's or the famous Wildhorse Saloon on Lower Broadway, Nashville. Clayton Mann is sure to turn heads and bend ears. Be prepared for a high energy performance of some down home country music, peppered with a little bit of soul and a whole lot of rock-n-roll! You won't want to miss this up-and-coming artist.
Saturday August 6
SunFallen will take you back a few decades to when live music meant something, not like a group of soccer Dads lip syncing to a karaoke backing track. A time when guitars howled, the base drum kicked, and the vocals of a song took you back to a place you've missed. SunFallen continues to draw loyal fans since their debut in 2009 as well as claim new fans with their signature sound and style. The band covers classic and new Rock.
The Lawrence Peters Outfit
Friday August 12
The Lawrence Peters Outfit is a scrappy honky tonk band from Chicago, boasting a mutt pedigree as long as any you’ll find in the city’s country music scene. The group’s sound is deep-rooted in generations of country music tradition, with debts owed to Webb Pierce, Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams Sr., Harlan Howard, Dwight Yoakam and Ola Belle Reed. Lawrence Peters sings and plays snare drum, leading the band through his finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The Outfit includes Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar, and Josh Piet on upright bass. Their debut album What You Been Missin’ was released nationally on January 17th, 2012, and the Lawrence Peters Songbook was released a month later.
& The Longtime Goners
Saturday August 13
Pat Reedy makes honest honky-tonk music for the modern world, mixing twang, blue-collar songwriting and working-class pride. Reedy sinks his teeth into his own country roots, writing traditional-minded songs about heartache, travel, and long work days; planting one foot in the territory of his influences while pointing the other toward newer territory.
Friday August 19
Diamondback has been a popular staple of the Chicago Country Music scene for quite some time. We bring our female fronted, multi-instrumentalist, tight harmonied party to clubs, private gatherings and festivals throughout the Midwest. We serve up a patented mix of Classic/Prime Country, Americana, Country Rock and New Country that’s guaranteed to have folks singing along and joining the party from the first song. Our extensive song list promises something for everyone.
Diamondback remains committed to bringing Classic Honky Tonk music to the urban masses!
The Simple Remedy
Saturday August 20
Founded several years ago by Chicago Singer/Songwriter Edward William Ryan, The Simple Remedy has grown into one of the most reliable acts on the music scene. Featuring Singer/Songwriter Amy Carlson on Vocals, Pat Keiner on Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Steel Guitar and Vocals, Pete Vancura on Bass Guitar and Jamie Gallagher on Drums. Simple Remedy keeps audiences guessing with an exciting mix of Country, Americana and Soul music. Their shows are a genre bending journey through American Music.
Thursday August 25
South Carolina native whose strong, personal songwriting is rapidly earning a dedicated fanbase with the release of her 2021 debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND. “There’s a New Country Badass in Town, and Her Name is Ashland Craft,” hails American Songwriter, as her soulful country voice helped catapult her to the Top 10 on NBC’s The Voice, and the stages of Zac Brown Band, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Ashley McBryde, and currently Brothers Osborne. Craft has also notched major collaborations with Brothers Osborne on HIXTAPE: Vol. 2 and HARDY’s acclaimed project, A ROCK.
Friday August 26
Night after night... show after show, the Messengers leave audiences dancing, singing and screaming for more. The sound, based on their incredible harmony and raw power, tears through the best pop, rock, and modern country.
A huge set list includes everything from Miranda to Mumford... from Queen to Pitbull. Sing-a-long favorites follow unexpected medleys that mix classics with today's current hits. Every show is different, and every night offers another chance to get the message.
Dry Country Line
Saturday August 27
Hellin' from Chicago since 2014, Dry County Line has a strong regard for classic country music, and that's what they love to share. But they like "countrifying" non-country songs too. You never can tell. One thing's for certain, DCL is all about singing (and dancing). With this band, it's harmonize or go home. We'll take the bourbon.
Friday September 2
Cover: $12 ADV / $15 DOS
With its latest album, “Fortune Favors The Bold,” Russell County, Virginia-based 49 Winchester is ready and roaring to break onto the national scene with its unique brand of tear-in-your-beer alt-country, sticky barroom floor rock-n-roll, and high-octane Appalachian folk.
“As we’ve aged and matured, our sound has gone from a softer place to this grittier, edgier tone that we have now,” says lead singer/guitarist Isaac Gibson. “So, we’re trending more towards being a rock band instead of a country band. But, at the same time, I don’t think anybody’s ever known quite what to call it.”
Although it’s 49 Winchester’s fourth studio album, “Fortune Favors The Bold” marks its debut for Nashville’s New West Records — one of the premier labels for Americana, indie and rock acts on the cutting edge of sound, scope and spectacle.
Formed eight years ago on Winchester Street in the small mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia (population: 2,045), the band started as a rag tag bunch of neighborhood teenagers who just wanted to get together for the sake of playing together.
Aside from Gibson, there’s also his childhood friend, bassist Chase Chafin, alongside other Castlewood cronies — guitarist Bus Shelton, and Noah Patrick on pedal steel.
“From day one, it’s always been a band and it will always be about being a band. This is everything, everything we love about music — we’re going for broke with this thing,” says Gibson. “And that gives us a unique perspective because it’s still the same guys. It’s still all of us from Castlewood traveling around, playing music and making this band a reality — this is a story of growth.”
And it’s that sense of growth — more so, a sense of self — at the core of “Fortune Favors The Bold.” It’s not only a record that showcases the current state of 49 Winchester, it’s a melodic stake in the ground of how this group is constantly evolving and taking shape, sonically and lyrically.
Reflecting on his early days as a jack-of-all-trades stone mason in Castlewood, where it was about trying to make ends meet in an effort to keep 49 Winchester rolling along, Gibson can’t help but be grateful for a well-earned notion at the core of the band’s ethos — anything worthwhile in life is built brick-by-brick.
“Everything has to be built. And very few people are going to achieve success overnight,” says Gibson. “There’s going to be people you see succeed in front of you. Maybe you don’t think they deserve it as much as you, haven’t worked as hard as you, haven’t done it as long as you. But, none of that matters — they ain’t you. They’re not living your life. They’re not part of your experience.”
At its essence, “Fortune Favors The Bold” is about going against all odds to bring your art into fruition and into the world. It’s about leaving your hometown and heading for the unknown horizon. And it’s about proving those wrong who snickered and waited for the day you’d give up somewhere down the line, only to circle back home with your tail between your legs.
But, it’s also about looking into the rearview mirror with a genuine appreciation for where you came from and what you’re made of, those hardscrabble, salt-of-the-earth traits in your blood and character that define what it actually takes to climb that damn mountain of dreams — come hell or high water.
Trailer Park Twisters
Saturday September 10
From small towns to the big city, the Trailer Park Twisters are ripping up all your favorite country tunes and laying waste to prefabricated homes in a 10-mile radius. Formed in 2008 by Paul Cicciarelli, the band features dynamic guitar playing complimented by swelling pedal steel and soaring vocals. From Johnny Cash to Miranda Lambert they’ve got it covered.
Frank Martin Busch
& The Names
Saturday September 17
Frank Martin Busch grew up on a farm outside the rural community of Cuba City, Wisconsin. He is the youngest of seven children in a musical family. Frank started playing music in gradeschool on saxophone and drums, he even playing a few shows with his fathers Big Band Orchestra. It wasn't until he left the small town for The University of Wisconsin and commondeered his college roommates Stratocaster, that he truly fell in love with music.
Teaching himself to play, sing and write songs, Frank's journey has been slow, painful and deliberate.
Upon graduating he founded his first band The Mighty Short Bus, and is a founding member of midwest troubadours WheelHouse. The two bands have released 8 records and played over 3,000 shows over the past 16 years.
The Names is Frank's first foray as a true solo artist. He has brought back the Stratocaster and is living and dying by his ability to play it, He marries the storytelling of a country songwriter with the musicality of a bluesman and a sense of humor that rivals your grade school best friends dad. Often telling jokes and citing references you don't get till the next day.
The music is Americana, which is a polite way of saying it is country music without bedazzled jeans. Drawing its roots from Red Dirt Country rather than Nashville, it features solid rhythms, jangly guitars, honky tonk piano, harmonicas and even some steel guitars.