MissiHippi Madness – Battle of the Bands 2020
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An indie folk outfit with a soulful rock bent, Mt. Joy began as the project of Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper, a pair of high-school friends from Philadelphia. The duo had a history of playing music together in their younger days, but life and circumstances pulled them apart for many years.
Reconvening in Los Angeles in 2016, they recorded four songs with producer Caleb Nelson using the name Mt. Joy. Released online with little fanfare, one of their songs, "Astrovan," began to pick up steam digitally, eventually logging over three million streams.
Buoyed by their success, Quinn and Cooper decided to quit their day jobs and enlist a full band to complement their live shows. Released in 2017, their follow-up singles "Sheep," "Cardinal," and "Silver Lining" fared similarly well as the group's reputation grew. Mt. Joy kicked off 2018 with the understated, slow-building single "Jenny Jenkins," followed a few months later by their self-titled full-length debut.
There’s a place, deep in the cosmos, where jam bands and electronic dance music intersect with rhythm-driven funk. You’ll feel like you’re floating here but not lost completely to the atmospheric elements. Instead, you’re tethered to an avant-garde spaceship with Colorado-based SunSquabi on the frequency. This cosmic wonderland is a melting pot of a variety of musical genres and it represents the future of music.
A three-piece suit - SunSquabi has been catching the eyes and ears of music fans around the world with their ever-evolving sound in the studio and on the live stage. SunSquabi has gained national attention for their unique way of producing music. The band’s live show can be described as an ‘Electronic Hydro Funk Experience’ that is different every single time out. SunSquabi continues to break down and analyze the expectations of what a “Live-Electronic” band should be. The band unveiled their newest album ‘Instinct’ in January of 2019. The 10 track LP finds the band at their highest peak as they have been dedicated to the metamorphosis of capturing elements in their live performances in the studio as improvisational jams have been fleshed out into full-blown songs and staples in their repertoire.
Combining the talents of Kevin Donohue (guitars/keys/production) Josh Fairman (bassist/synth) and Chris Anderson (drums).
Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced, relocating to factory-turned-studio Thunder Sound for three full months of intensive soul searching and obsessive songwriting. By the time he emerged, he’d penned more than 50 tunes and crafted a detailed blueprint for his spectacular new album, ‘Wide Awake.’
Deftly produced by Butch Walker, the record infuses Baxter’s easygoing, soulful sound with British Invasion melodies and rock and roll swagger, marrying lean, muscular songwriting with adventurous, inventive arrangements. It’s a cutting, insightful collection, one that takes a sardonic view the violence, greed, and division that seem to define the modern American landscape. Rather than point a finger, though, the music holds up a mirror, offering a sober reflection of the times thoughtfully bundled in bright, infectious hooks. There’s no judgment here, only keen observation, and the album’s broad, wide-angle musings often come bundled inside deeply personal memories.
Pell’s musical catalog has gained over 80M streams on Spotify alone, and represents the humble beginnings of his career, the time between dreaming and doing, and the moments spent waiting for the journey to start. Pell’s talent is formidable, and his skills are still growing.
The Brook & The Bluff
The Brook & The Bluff is a Birmingham-born, Nashville-based band that has quickly become characterized by its evocative blend of vocal harmony, soulful air and groovitational pull. These elements are readily apparent in the group's early releases, which have helped spur the band forward in their musical pursuits. What started as a duo of Alec & Joseph transformed into the dynamic live act with John Canada & Fred filling out the band.
The quartet's first EP was widely successful - from charting on Spotify's US and Canada Viral 50 Playlists to selling out shows across the country, the band has had an exhilarating start. As they head into summer & fall of 2019, The Brook & The Bluff continue to grow their fanbase across the country. The Brook & The Bluff’s debut full length album will be released in late 2019 and the band will be on tour for both headline and support shows nationwide to promote the new music.
With a sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers mixed with the grit and twang of the Allman Brothers Band, The Vegabonds give their fans a sensational performance with powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting night after night. Their hard work and unbridled talents have not gone unnoticed; the group has opened for such notable acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the late Gregg Allman, and Kid Rock, among others. It’s no wonder that Live for Live Music has compared them to musical legends like My Morning Jacket and The Black Crowes, calling them “a force to be reckoned with,” complete with “gorgeous harmonies and impressive instrumental skills mak[ing] for a perfect combination.”
With their focus on growth, The Vegabonds have much in store for old and new fans alike. Upon returning from their third European tour, the band’s focus will shift to perfecting their highly-anticipated new album, slated for release in early 2018. With a new management and publicity team behind them, their New South Rock sound is destined to reach an even broader audience than ever before. The band is excited to bring in new blood to achieve their overall strategic vision.
Born in Alabama. Bred in Nashville. Seasoned by the Road. Celebrated the world over. Come let your hair down with The Vegabonds.
Betcha is Ben Booth [lead guitar], Taylor Dubray [bass, keys], Charlie Greene [vocals, guitar] and Chase Wofford [drums].
On their 2019 debut for Atlantic Records, expansive vibes encompass sweetly stoned rock, electronic-backed alternative, and punchy pop anthems, evoking the power of four. Since coming together in 2016, the young band has already gained traction touring nationally alongside acts such as Kaleo, Matt Maeson, The BAND Camino, and Moon Taxi. Look out for them on their co-headlining U.S. tour this Spring.
Dent May - self-described hotel bar lounge singer and aspiring daytime TV talk show host - has been charming his way into the hearts of music fans since the release of his debut album The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label in 2009. The Mississippi-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter, performer, and Dolly Parton enthusiast has since released two more acclaimed records, Do Things (2012) and Warm Blanket (2013), dropped the holiday smash “I'll Be Stoned For Christmas”, and played hundreds of shows from Shanghai to Chicago. His latest album and first for Carpark Records, Across The Multiverse, is an interstellar voyage of mythic proportions.
Kendall Street Company
From late night jam sessions at the University of Virginia to main stages at venues and festivals throughout the country, Kendall Street Company has broken the mold of improvised rock and enters a world of jazz-grass infused psychedelic bliss. With no two shows ever the same, word of mouth has quickly grown a ravenous fanbase eager to hear their favorite studio tracks explored and extended as part of a live community. As seasoned KSC fans can tell you, any one of their songs could turn from a fun sing-along, into a headbanging garage-rock soundscape, to a Klezmer-disco dance party, and then resolve into a peaceful ambient meditation that evokes the nostalgia of your childhood.
Averaging over 100 shows per year since 2013, the band is comprised of Louis Smith [Acoustic gtr, vocals], Brian Roy [Bass], Ryan Wood [Drums], Ben Laderberg [Electric gtr], and Jake Vanaman [Sax]. KSC has performed at festivals such as Lockn’, Roosterwalk, Floydfest, Resonance, and Domefest and has opened for acts such as Papadosio Umphrey's McGee, Tauk, and Leftover Salmon. All the while, the band has proudly released three records and two EPs.
2020 is building up to be the biggest year yet. Along with two (or perhaps three) new records on the horizon, their upcoming Winter/Spring tour will take them all across the country in Woody Guthrie fashion. From Louisiana to Texas, Colorado to Wisconsin, Ohio to Boston, New York City and more, the band has no intent of slowing down soon.