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Campout for the Cause Artist Preview

05/20/2015 07:19PM ● By Grant Johnson

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago
BOC is an internationally touring Americana/indie-folk band, uniquely formed around the husband-wife team of JT Nero (JT & the Clouds) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl). The band just finished recording with Grammy Award winner Joe Henry and will be releasing the resulting album in the fall. BOC continues to do 200+ dates a year, family-style, with JT and Allison’s toddler daughter firmly in tow.

Brother's Keeper
Brothers Keeper is a trio that displays heart and soul and rock and roll. The core band consists of Scott Rednor on guitar, Michael Jude on bass, and John Michel on drums.  Their superior skills have attracted some distinguished friends to come along for the ride.  In the past year, for instance, they recorded and toured with Blues Traveler’s John Popper.

The current tour features (on guitar and vocals) Jono Manson, the co-producer (with the band) of BK’s last CD, Todd Meadows, and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, who’s worked with Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Phil Lesh, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

Hailing from attitude-ridden east coast backgrounds, the three men transplanted to the Vail and Roaring Fork Valleys in Colorado for both the mountains and the music. For the past 15 years, Michael and John have played steadily with the John Oates Band (Hall and Oates) and many other world renowned musicians, while Scott has been involved in recording and touring projects on a national level for more than 20 years.

Scott now owns Shakedown Bar in Vail where he serves as Music Director, bringing in national talent for locals and tourists from around the world. It is there that the trio has made their home amongst an amazing cast of rotating musicians as well as several “Brothers Keeper Featuring Series” shows.

Jono Manson is from New York City and helped pioneer the Nightingales/Wetlands uprising that had spawned Phish, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, and many more successful bands. Rednor had opened up for High Plains Drifter, which was a super group of sorts, fronted by Manson and featuring members of a few of these bands. It was the recollection of that raucous rock and roll that inspired this initial collaboration with Brothers Keeper.

This led to Brother’s Keeper’s first album, Todd Meadows, released on 8150 Records late in the summer of 2014.  It’s an Americana/Rock n Roll album, featuring 5 lead singers, bringing together their wealth of experience and a wide range of musical styles. The LP was written by the band in Santa Fe and recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, in June of 2013. Other guests on the album include Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh and Friends), Glenn McClelland (Ween), DJ Logic, Joel Guzman, Rob Eaton Jr., and John Popper.

Front Country
Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Since then they have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the national scene. In 2012 they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up in 2013 with a win at Telluride becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013 lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album "Americana".
Front Country recently released a new record called SAKE OF THE SOUND and will begin their national and international tour early February, 2015.


Their harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll leads the listener through tales of lost souls, broken boys, and girls with gold in their spit.  HONEYHONEY’s reputation for delivering straight-from-the-gut honesty remains in tact. The two songwriters take a mirror into their own experience in lust and heartache, never shying away from revealing the messy truth, which makes their new album both cathartic and electrifying.

The new album was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgil Simpson, Jason Isbell).  The first single, "You & I" has already had over 100k plays on Spotify and is beginning to create a groundswell at radio. 

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