So Dang Thankful: An Evening with Rucksack Revolution & Friends
Coming together officially as a duo, Sarah Voswinkel of Dead Horses and Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, are releasing their debut album, Rucksack Revolution on February 11th, 2022. Featuring strumming acoustic guitars, flowing harmonies, and the stellar vocals of Voswinkel and Greuel, listeners of the folk country music genre have a lot to look forward to on the album. The collection of tracks on Rucksack Revolution draws you in with the soft melodies and acoustic riffs and then hooks you with the polished execution of lyrical narrative storytelling.
Rucksack Revolution excels at meeting the expectations of the typical folk/country album, but the duo’s unique lyrics and dynamic delivery set it apart from other albums in the genre. Tracks like “Winona” and others highlight the duo’s Midwest roots and their shared and personal experiences as local musicians and long time friends. The collection of tracks as a whole sets the tone for an easy listening experience, as Voswinkel and Greuel’s voices easily intertwine and untwine carried along by a variety of soothing acoustic melodies. Rucksack Revolution is the perfect balance of both unvarnished and elaborate songwriting and producing, creating a cohesive final product of raw and intimate folk country tracks.
Adriel Denae is a songwriter, singer, and musician based in northeast Wisconsin. Born and raised in a large commune in an old hotel in Chicago, her sensibilities point to the diversity of her formative surroundings and musical influences in early Jazz, folk, and gospel. Her first album was produced by Norah Jones and released in 2018. For 15 years, she toured extensively worldwide, supporting Cory Chisel in live performances and studio work. Her music is now a focused conduit for metabolizing life experience as a single mom and creative entrepreneur. She draws inspiration from nature, dreams, relationships, and mystery, and her recent songs explore loss and the transmutation of pain through love.
Adriel Denae will be accompanied by her father, Stu Heiss, a veteran Jazz guitarist from Chicago.
Joseph Huber hails from the state of Wisconsin, and seems to bring forth the varied voices of whatever it may be that lies dormant within either the fertile soil or the callous concrete of that world. It has been said, "You don’t just like Joseph Huber’s music. You feel it’s something that the rest of the world needs to hear, and how criminal it is that it isn’t spreading far and wide." As the singer, songwriter, performer, recorder and producer of all of his own material, Huber has his hands full, but never seems to miss a beat. As one of the founding member of the .357 String Band--a group that would probably fit better in today's 'Americana-saturated' environment than in the early to middle aughts--he's gradually honed a sound that seems to fill a very real gap within the still-emerging genre. Having progressed, Huber continues moving onward and upward, captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name along with the impeccable musicianship of his fellow touring partners. Whether it's irresistible, fiddle- driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Huber's songs and shows span the spectrum of 'Roots' music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification.
Originally making waves as a founding member and lead guitarist for longtime Midwest music scene staple, Smokin’ Bandits, Pat Ferguson (Madison, WI) has emerged as a nationally renowned solo performer, songwriter, and vocalist. His finger and flat-picking style channels Americana, bluegrass, and folk; a signature sound deeply influenced by his Upper Mississippi River musical roots. Ferguson's sophomore solo record "Solace," produced by Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), is set to be released and features members of Railroad Earth, Jacob Jolliff, Elliott Peck (Midnight North, Phil Lesh & Friends), banjo great Tony Trischka, and more. His first solo record "Light of Day / Dark of Night" was produced by Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The High Hawks) and released in 2018 on LoHi Records.
Since she can remember, Wisconsin based singer- songwriter Genevieve Heyward has grown up with music in her life. Adept at both guitar and piano, she writes her songs based on raw emotion and relatable experiences that cuts through with melody and sultry tone. Straight out of high school, she dove head first into music: touring nationally and internationally, either by herself, with her band, or with other well renowned artists. She has released numerous records throughout her career and doesn’t plan on stopping. Her music has hints of indie folk, bedroom pop and indie piano pop, all tied in with her own spin and topped off with a unique and rich voice. Her songs and performing style incorporates humor and connection, making the audience feel heard and immersed
“Wisconsin’s Bluegrass Icon” – The Bluegrass Sampler, Racine WI “Art Stevenson IS Bluegrass in Wisconsin!” – Wisconsin Public Radio
Guitarist, singer, and harmonicist Art Stevenson (Babcock, Wisconsin) has played bluegrass and roots music since the 1970s. Art learned bluegrass guitar after attending the Mole Lake Bluegrass Festival in 1976, and he has played harmonica since early childhood. Art is known for his powerful lead singing on traditional bluegrass, early country, and western ballads, his driving rhythm guitar playing, and exciting harmonica breakdowns. Art is the leader of Art Stevenson & High Water, and the promoter of Bluegrass In The Pines, a long running bluegrass festival in Rosholt, Wisconsin. Art hosts Back To The Country on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison.
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