Despite never having had a commercial hit in their 23 years, The Nadas have independently cultivated a career by relying on solid song writing, memorable lyrics, outstanding musicianship and a fiercely loyal fan base. The Nadas, Iowa’s signature alt-rock-country band, fronted by founding members Mike Butterworth (vocals, guitar) and Jason Walsmith (vocals, guitar) who have deftly handled co-lead and co-writing roles since forming in 1993, are superbly backed by Neil Stoffregen (keys), Brandon Stone (percussion) and Brian Duffey (horns and bass).
The boys in the Billy’s have been playing together for over 20 years and they still haven’t lost their sense of fun and wonder in making music. Equal parts country, rock and just about anything in between – the Billy’s are just as happy playing original tunes for a loyal cadre of fans as they are requested cover tunes to a roomful of strangers at somebody else’s wedding. the Billy’s are where Roger Miller meets Paul Simon meets Billy Joel meets Blue Oyster Cult. And as strange a brew as that may seem at first glance, with 15+ years under their belt – the Billy’s formula has proven oddly and charmingly successful.
THE USUAL THINGS
Proudly from Minneapolis, MN and led by singer/songwriter Aaron Shekey, The Usual Things mix power pop melodies with midwestern story telling, reminiscent of their humble roots and big city aspirations. Shekey references his own blue-collar family experiences with relatable ambiguity; tales that push the simple, upbeat melodies of the band into surprisingly darker territory. Their latest album, Home Sweet Alone, explores the consequences of a failed 10-year relationship that could only be described as the quintessential, All-American high school sweetheartdom.