If you are on the hunt for new music, and craving that new timey sound, here are some picks to get you started. There is a creative genius behind these bands you just can’t find mainstream. Without the confines of a genre label, groups like Hashknife Outlet have the freedom to play whatever they want and you won’t be sorry. Get ready to satisfy that itch.
The Haunted Windchimes have a sound like no other. With four amazing singer/songwriters in the band, it’s easy to get lost in there haunting yet beautiful, four part harmonies that have the power to fill any venue. With their traditional folk and American roots style, they truly give you a taste of that smooth Colorado sound. The Windchimes sound comes from Desirae Garcia (ukulele); Chela Lujan (banjo); Inaiah Lujan (guitar); Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin); and the stand-up bass foundation of Sean Fanning. All members hail from Pueblo Colorado. Their newest album, ‘Out With The Crow’, transcends normal genre boundaries with a mix of The Carter Family, Django Reinhardt, Jimmie Rogers, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Blind Willie McTell, and Hank Williams – all rolled into a dynamic powerhouse of sound.
Ryan Russell’s original music defies any specific genre with a mixture of folk, blues, classic rock, and his own singer/songwriter style, which shines within a hint of Jimi Hendrix. Ryan started out in Oakdale California, and now lives in Modesto California, where he settled down to record his most recent album, ‘The Lonesome Traveler’. This album is a masterpiece from beginning to end, and should most definitely be on your list of albums to acquire! We had the fortunate pleasure of hearing him live during a Thursday Night Ramble.
The Hashknife Outfit
A humble, extremely talented and creative group of musicians, The Hashknife Outfit, from Tempe Arizona are certainly a band you will want to hear! You get a sound that ranges from folk, to punk, to classic rock with Jeremy Marcanti on vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonica; Laura Dudley on fiddle, and vocals; Bob Taylor on drums, washboard, and vocals; and Chris Green on the bass.
These talented band members come together to make one amazing sound. You can feel your heart beating throughout their songs, and you can hear the truth in their lyrics.
“There’s a root scene again. And It’s the next thing. Even if it’s not the next big thing, it is the next thing. It’s using music to be something different, then just pop on the radio or background music. It means something.” – Jeremy Marcanti
So many things to say about Soda, where to start? They don’t call him “Grampire” for nothing!
Lets go back to the early 90′s when Tom “Soda” Gardocki
was a founding member of Wax, a band that reached the mainstream level in 1995. The band issued its major label debut, ’13 Unlucky Numbers’, on Interscope/Atlantic records. Reaching No. 28 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts in 1995, their song “Mallrats” appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 Kevin Smith film Mallrats, the 1996 film Bio-Dome, and MTV’s Buzz Bin (a select group of music videos by up and coming artists and bands that the network deemed “buzz worthy”, “cutting edge”, or “the next big thing”). They shared this stage with bands like White Zombie, Weezer, System of a Down, Sublime, Stone Temple Pilots, Rancid, R.E.M., Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, and The Beastie Boys, just to name a few!! Their music video was even featured on Beavis & Butthead.
After going their separate ways in 1995, Gardocki went on to front Soda & His Million Piece Band, which included many accomplished musicians. It is easily one of the best albums in existence. In 2012, he released the album ‘Waltzes, Trains, Wires, and Wood’ that showcases a bit of Soda’s softer side. Soda (a.k.a Gardockula) now tours the country as a solo artist, playing several musical styles from the soulful ballad Hang the Moon for You to the hard hitting, wild, borderline punk, Long Dark Road on the 12 string banjo. Up until the past year, he called the small town of Knight Ferry California his home, but now resides in Chicago Illinois. California misses him greatly!
Straight outta Oakdale California, the boys from Good Luck have been at it for almost 10 years! Before that, the boys all grew up together and were brothers from the start. Will, Matt, and Taylor started out as the Puffin Billies along side Dave Hanley, Jeff Mooneyham, and Josh Ryun. Now, Good Luck travels the country spreading their story at many great venue’s like Slim’s, Great American Music Hall, The Independent in San Francisco, The Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, and most recently one of their most amazing feats, The Fillmore, home to some of the greats (The Grateful Dead, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Cream, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, The Who), and responsible for launching many musical careers.
Their newest album, ‘Old Excuses’, shows the hard work and hard road the boys from Good Luck have had along the way. It also showcases every member of the band with Willy Tea and Chris Douds’s amazing singing/songwriting; Taylor Webster’s hard hitting bass lines that have the whole crowd on their feet; Matt Cordano’s unbelievable ability to go from country ballad on the peddle steel, to shredding borderline metal on the flyin V; Chandler Pratts deadly accuracy on the mandolin & guitar; and last, but certainly not least, a one of a kind amazing drummer stolen from none other than “Grandaddy”, Aaron Burtch. It’s easy to understand why these guys are in our list of band you gotta hear but make sure you go see them! Their talent is only matched by the party that follows, and you most definitely will want to be a part of that.