About The Mallett Brothers Band:
MAINE'S THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND IS A NATIONALLY TOURING COUNTRY ROCK AND ROLL / AMERICANA BAND. "LIGHTS ALONG THE RIVER," THEIR MOST RECENT RELEASE, WAS NAMED THE "BEST ALBUM OF 2015" BY BLUECOLLARSONGWRITING.COM.
The Mallett Brothers Band is an original band from Maine. With a unique style that spans across country, rock and roll, Americana and alternative country, the band has grown a dedicated fan base across the country since releasing their debut record in 2009. With the release of their fourth studio album, "Lights Along the River," the band continues its rigorous touring schedule (playing upwards of 150 shows a year across the country), and its mission of sending genuine, heartfelt and independent music out into the world.
Over the last 7 years, The Mallett Brothers Band's busy tour schedule has helped them to build a die-hard fanbase across the U.S. while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that can ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. Led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band includes Adam Cogswell on drums, Nick Leen on bass, Wally on dobro and electric guitar, and Andrew Martelle on fiddle and mandolin.
The Mallett Brothers Band has shared the stage with acts ranging from The Allman Brothers Band to Charlie Daniels, The Josh Abbot Band to The Rustic Overtones, Blackberry Smoke to Toby Keith; Charlie Robison, The Turnpike Troubadours, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special and a host of other fine and talented folks. Their touring circuit is vast, stretching from the Appalachian to the Rocky Mountains; from the Canadian to the Mexican border, and has included performances in such esteemed venues as Austin, Texas's Continental Club; Alexandria, Virginia's Birchmere; Portland, Maine's State Theatre; Gifford, New Hampshire's Meadowbrook Pavilion; Bangor, Maine's Waterfront Pavilion; Nashville's Bluebird; and festivals across the eastern part of the continent (most recently at this year's FloydFest in Virginia's beautiful mountain country).
“Lights Along The River,” the band's most recent release, was recorded in a remote, boat-access-only location in northern Maine. Many of the songs came out of the touring life - gifts of the road - while many also came from the remote and cold places the band calls home.
The Mallett Brothers Band includes:
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar / Luke Mallett
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar / Will Mallett
Vocals, Guitar & Dobro / Wally
Drums / Adam Cogswell
Bass / Nick Leen
Fiddle, Mando / Andrew Martelle
About Wild Sun:
Wild Sun stands apart from the noise and imitation with their honest brand of heartfelt rock and roll. In a time when every channel is overloaded with the same old thing, Wild Sun is fresh and raw, and yet accessibly familiar. In just two years together, the trio of alternative rockers have earned their stay as one of the most promising bands around. With their debut album produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Phish), frequent radio airplay (CMJ Top 200 Chart), and a live show that breaks bar sales records, Wild Sun is armed for the front lines. Their debut album, "Little Truths," was released nationally in September of 2015 by American Laundromat Records. Motif Magazine named the album one of the "Top 20 Albums of 2015." In April of 2016, the band released the two-song "Rigby EP," once again working with Bryce Goggin. This year alone, Wild Sun has been mentioned by Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Wild Sun has a cover featured on the upcoming Elliott Smith tribute, Say Yes alongside artists like J Mascis and Amanda Palmer. The band has played hundreds of shows and have had to opportunity to share the stage with national touring acts such as The Wombats, Eve 6, Mothers, And The Kids, Quiet Life, and others.
There was a time where music was built on great songs, and undeniable passion. There was a time when live shows threw caution into the wind, and musicians improvised and simply made music. Those times are back, and Rhode Island's Wild Sun are already at the party—cases cracked.
About Muddy Ruckus:
Muddy Ruckus is an americana-rock duo from Portland, Maine. The stripped down power duo features guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl. The band blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit and is known for a full rock band sound, despite that they're a duo. They season their music with the salt of the eastern old ports, backroad electric grooves, and the mud of the Mississippi River where Flaherty grew up. The New York Music Daily calls Muddy Ruckus "Darkly Inventive Americana". In April 2016, Muddy Ruckus was awarded "Best in State of Maine" by the New England Music Awards.
Flaherty, originally from Rock Island, IL, met Stahl in 2013 in Portland Maine. They played on porches, street corners and campfires and became Muddy Ruckus. They would rehearse on the road, in the car, at shows and in the studio. The duo continues to pull inspiration from the music they love - old-timey folk music, dirty electric blues, circa 1940 hot swing and rock n roll - dressing it with Dylan-esque lyrics that poke fun at society and poetically examine the state of the world. Muddy Ruckus released their debut album in September, 2014. Maine Today says "Muddy Ruckus's self-titled debut album touches on the sacred, hints at the profane and encapsulates everything in between, all to the sound of an infectiously toe-tapping backbeat."
Muddy Ruckus' brand new album "Pretty Bones" released in June 2016 and was named "Album of the Year" from Red Line Root's. Erika and Ryan worked on this album for 8 months in 2015 with limited rehearsal space, developing most of the album on the road, at shows and in the studio. Living in an apartment throughout 2015, the band struggled with noise complaints from neighbors and was just not able to be loud enough to fully develop at home. Despite outer reluctance, the band prevailed with finishing the album and recently moved to a brand new dwelling where they are now allowed to practice and create at full capacity. This album is the reflection of those days, and everything that happened in between, when the band was still searching for the exit out of the restrictive yet life giving womb. The duo is now officially born, and the hints of rock layered over folk and old timey music on 'Pretty Bones' are only soft reflections of what's to come from Muddy Ruckus. The lyrics call for your attention and the soul-fullness of both Erika and Ryan's vocals draw in the salt and shadow of the bands murky beginnings and luminous future.