Local Musicians

The Swamp Tigers

The Swamp Tigers play honky tonk country, rockabilly and garage music in Southern Illinois. We love it and we hope you do too. *Image and bio courtesy of Facebook.com/SwampTigers.

The Swamp Tigers play honky tonk country, rockabilly and garage music in Southern Illinois. We love it and we hope you do too.

*Image and bio courtesy of Facebook.com/SwampTigers.

Marbin

Marbin is an instrumental rock band based in Chicago IL. Marbin first started in 2007 as an improvised music duo consisting of Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rabin had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, […]

Marbin is an instrumental rock band based in Chicago IL.

Marbin first started in 2007 as an improvised music duo consisting of Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rabin had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with the accompaniment of drummer Justyn Lawrence and Bassist Jae Gentile . They have released four albums: Impressions of a City (2009),as part of Paul Wertico’s Mideast-Midwest Alliance, and three under the name Marbin (2009), Marbin as a duo,Breaking the Cycle (2011) with drummer Paul Wertico, bassist Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), and Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), and  Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013) with its touring band and an array of thirteen guests. Marbin is currently signed to Moonjune Records and Management.

In addition to their regular schedule, Marbin toured with fusion super group Scott Henderson, Mike Clark, and Jeff Berlin in a series of venues on the east coast and the midwest. In March 2012, Marbin toured with Allan Holdsworth’s new trio that consists of Yellow Jackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Virgil Donati.

*Image and bio courtesy of MarbinMusic.com.

The Pirouettes

The Pirouettes, composed of duo Nick Nylen & Angie Fisher, is a whole truly greater than the some of its parts. Their debut record, Homewrecked, fuses together an eclectic mix of influences from the organic, overdub-ridden collaboration of Les Paul & Mary Ford to the post-punk, detached stompiness of The Strokes. They are currently working […]

The Pirouettes, composed of duo Nick Nylen & Angie Fisher, is a whole truly greater than the some of its parts. Their debut record, Homewrecked, fuses together an eclectic mix of influences from the organic, overdub-ridden collaboration of Les Paul & Mary Ford to the post-punk, detached stompiness of The Strokes. They are currently working on a brand new EP.

*Image and bio courtesy of thepirouettes.com.

Ravenhill

THE STORY OF SOUL I am constantly fighting myself. My habits, my pride, my evils; they seem  to always get the best of me. If I feel something & realize it’s wrong, when is the appropriate time to cut it off? Right away, correct? Shut it out!  I want to feel him leaving. Why, when […]

THE STORY OF SOUL

I am constantly fighting myself. My habits, my pride, my evils; they seem  to always get the best of me. If I feel something & realize it’s wrong, when is the appropriate time to cut it off? Right away, correct? Shut it out!  I want to feel him leaving. Why, when I look behind me, there is always a shadow, a past that I can’t wait to leave behind. The Wicked Man…I will not miss him. The thoughts I need to shake. The widow’s windows he peeks into. The bride acts like her husband has died but she has just forgotten HIM. The hollow praises & pats on the back that fuels my downward spiral. What will wake me up? What will wake you up? The eyes in the window? The dark figure over your shoulder? The voice that knows your name but doesn’t know you at all? Melody & passion are my way of doing this.  My way of learning & moving on from that which is killing my spirit.

Soul is that story.

-YOUNGBLOOD

*Image and bio courtesy of Ravenhillband.com.

Ravenhill

Hakks

In late 2010 The Hakks were born when singer/song writer/rhythm guitarist Roman Rathert, lead guitarist Michael Everly, bassist Daniel Platt and drummer Johnny Davis, who had performed and recorded under the name Amphetamine Gazzelle, recruited Davis’ old school chum and intensely intuitive guitarist John Carvell. Soon after Carvell took over duties on lead guitar and […]

In late 2010 The Hakks were born when singer/song writer/rhythm guitarist Roman Rathert, lead guitarist Michael Everly, bassist Daniel Platt and drummer Johnny Davis, who had performed and recorded under the name Amphetamine Gazzelle, recruited Davis’ old school chum and intensely intuitive guitarist John Carvell. Soon after Carvell took over duties on lead guitar and Everly joined Rathert on rhythm guitar, and the band name was changed.

The Hakks triple guitar attack is a potent combination of garage and psychedelic rock with more than a dash of punk thrown in for good measure. Playing all original material The Hakks mix melody with mayhem, combining catchy riffs with massive, and at time jaw dropping solos by Carvell. Rather’s eclectic writing covers a diverse range of topics, from classic film (“Lon Chaney”) to more traditional ballads (“Come On My Love”), absolute punk brawls (“Brace For The Fall”), TV’s Sesame Street (“Can You Tell Me How To Get There?”) and personal experiences – including nearly being electrocuted (“Blinding Light”). Everly and Carvell also contribute to arrangements on fan favorites such as “Welcome To America”.

The Hakks DIY debut album, “Beyond The Valley Of The Be-Lo-Fi” is available as a 17 track CD with downloadable bonus content or 18 track download and can be purchased at shows or online at http://thehakks.bandcamp.com/ CDs also feature uniquely original artwork by Rathert, Carvell and Davis.

*Bio and picture courtesy of Facebook.com/TheHakks.

Spread

  The experimental sound of the four-piece powerhouse known as SPREAD has no boundaries. Formed at SIU Carbondale in 2008, the band has been creating energy-filled musical experiences ever since. SPREAD has made many appearances throughout the region, including festivals such as Summer Camp. Combining originally composed material with a mass of spontaneous improvisation, SPREAD […]

 

The experimental sound of the four-piece powerhouse known as SPREAD has no boundaries. Formed at SIU Carbondale in 2008, the band has been creating energy-filled musical experiences ever since. SPREAD has made many appearances throughout the region, including festivals such as Summer Camp. Combining originally composed material with a mass of spontaneous improvisation, SPREAD hopes to deliver a unique and interactive engagement with its audience.

*Image and bio courtesy of Facebook.com/Spreadmusic

The Whistle Pigs

The hill country of Southern Illinois is home to one of the Midwest’s friendliest and most talented musical trios – The Whistle Pigs. Their live shows, consisting of vocal harmonies, banjo, accordion, and upright bass, are energetic yet humorous and interactive, making them suitable for the sit-down crowd as well the dancers and the drinkers. […]

The hill country of Southern Illinois is home to one of the
Midwest’s friendliest and most talented musical trios – The Whistle Pigs.

Their live shows, consisting of vocal harmonies, banjo, accordion, and
upright bass, are energetic yet humorous and interactive, making them
suitable for the sit-down crowd as well the dancers and the drinkers.
Traveling over 70,000 miles and playing about 200 shows annually, the
Whistle Pigs have had the honor to share the bill with the likes of The
Legendary Shack Shakers, Split Lip Rayfield and Black Oak Arkansas while
playing at a wide range of venues including national festivals, ballrooms,
bars and dives, weddings and fish fries.

The Pigs combine old-timey and honky tonk musical sensibilities on such
originals as “I’m Broke”, “Alcohol”, and “Keep On Dreaming” throughout
both of their full length albums, the self produced “Long Term Plan”
(2009) and their debut album on Mudstomp Records, “Bless Your Hearts
and Livers” (2010).

*Image and bio courtesy of www.Facebook.com/The WhistlePigs

Larry Dillard and Blues Therapy

The name says Blues but the music is a gumbo of styles. From Blues to Classic Rock to Country to Jazz and Funk, bring New Orleans to the midwest and you have Blues Therapy. Blues Therapy is a All-Star band featuring: Larry Dillard (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Moreno (Big Larry Williams) Stand-Up Bass, Matt Linsin (Jungle Dogs) […]

The name says Blues but the music is a gumbo of styles. From Blues to Classic Rock to Country to Jazz and Funk, bring New Orleans to the midwest and you have Blues Therapy.

Blues Therapy is a All-Star band featuring: Larry Dillard (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Moreno (Big Larry Williams) Stand-Up Bass, Matt Linsin (Jungle Dogs) Drums/Vocals, Shadi Frick (King Juba) Keys/Sax/Bass/Vocals, Bruce Smith (St. Louis), Tombone, Donald J. Kennedy (Big Larry), Trombone, Matt Engbring (Stank Willie), Saxaphone, Chad Minier (St. Louis) Trumpet, Jered Montgomery (King of Tone),
Trumpet. Each show brings a new rockin good time.

*Image and bio courtesy of Larry Dillard and Blues Therapy.

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

A staple of the St.Louis music scene, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops play an intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues. Improv-laced Jams, dubbed out grooves and Effervescent Vocals make this band must see. After the release of their third studio album “The Bomb and the Beast” in 2012, this independent trio […]

A staple of the St.Louis music scene, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops play an intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues. Improv-laced Jams, dubbed out grooves and Effervescent Vocals make this band must see. After the release of their third studio album “The Bomb and the Beast” in 2012, this independent trio is beginning to forge there way across the country.

*Image and bio courtesy of Aarom Kamm and the One Drops.