Category: Little Big Fest

LBF Band Hype: Matthew James & the Rust Belt Union

  Sounds of the worked and tired, blue collar and swollen hands over broken homes and poverty.  American music reminiscent of the 1970’s country and blues bands with stories from the hard life sewn into the smooth and sometimes chaotic melodies. A raw, lamenting howl driven by thunderous drums marching to the upright bass and… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Cranes/Vultures

“Cranes/Vultures’ updated take on folk, country, and slight psych-rock transfers…” Aaron Hefel, Counterproductions and The Lift music promoter Dubuque indie-folk/rock trio, Cranes/Vultures, create original acoustic music using folk instrumentation in an adventurous style. Their poignant songs hint of alt-country, indie, and even progressive rock. Singer/songwriter Nate Jenkins entices the listener with his strings and vocals,… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Patresa Hartman

Patresa Hartman brings the mature and soulful voice of a woman who has something to say. Performances are driven by a dynamic set of original songs in what Hartman calls “soul-folk” style. Taking turns behind the guitar and the piano, Hartman’s compositions and delivery meld musical flavors of soul, blues, folk, and even contemporary country…. Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Jess DeWitt & Co

A Midwestern singer-songwriter that is equally heartfelt and whimsical. Jess DeWitt has a talent for finding the humor in the human experience and eloquently translating it to catchy, upbeat tunes accompanied by playful, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. This little lady has a dynamic vocal style and range that never fails to impress. Her music is a charming… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Carbon Canaries

Carbon Canaries is formed out of a musical bond between three friends. They’re made up of Steve Kowbel (guitar, vocals), Andrew Droogsma (guitar, vocals) and Autumn Rupkey (percussion) and they play an array of original songs and covers in an acoustic, folk fashion. Click here to read all of the LBF band previews See Carbon Canaries at Little BIG… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Randy Burk & the Prisoners

Steeped in the rich tradition of Americana artists before him Randy Burk creates music that is at once exciting and familiar, honest and soulful, fearless and introspective. Wrought with Midwestern sensibility and a blue-collar work ethic, Burk’s affinity for songs about love, life and pain can be traced to his small-town Iowa roots. Since 2001… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Greyhounds

Trube and Farrell first met while living in California, where an L.A. Weekly classified ad brought them together. The connection between the guitarist and keyboard player was instantaneous, and the remarkable magic they conjure together has since earned them widespread attention from critics and peers alike. Derek Trucks raved that “Greyhounds make real music, the… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Crystal City

Crystal City, fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella, is a Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.  In 2009, Crystal City… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Daphne & the Mystery Machines

Daphne Culver (chief architect, namesake) and Jenn Palmer (angelic-voiced firebrand) utilize familiar yet unorthodox pop sensibilities in their songs to exercise the demons of life, love and loss that we have all faced or will surely face in the not-too-distant future. The testament of a great song is in its ability to transcend genre and… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: The Host Country

The Host Country was born while Ty Wistrand (guitar/vox) and Diana Garles (keys/vox) were both attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Meeting through common circles, they found they shared a passion for similar artists and styles of writing that led them to begin collaborating together to see what kind of music they… Read more »

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