Posts Tagged ‘Roots’

album-artThe second show in our Dayton Underground Series took place at WO Wrights in Beavercreek on Friday, April 15th!

If you missed this one, it was our Roots showcase featuring local acts TRUK, Jamie Suttle, and Jericho Thyme, and it was another packed house and fantastic evening!

Check out our video recap and pics and go grab your FREE 6-track download from the artists!
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Dayton Underground Series - album cover - March 2016Last Saturday evening, The Dayton Underground Series kicked off to a packed house at WO Wrights Grill & Pub! Fans started arriving about an hour before the show, ready to hear some killer music, and that is exactly what they got!  

More than 170 people came out to hear Able Danger, Left in the Dark, and our Best of Dayton Underground 2015 “Best Rock” winners, Crosley Court, and it was a fantastic evening all around!  This was the perfect way to celebrate Music Connection Dayton‘s unofficial 3rd anniversary and the 1 year anniversary of W937 Dayton Radio, and we can’t even tell you how hard it was to wait to share this amazing music with you!   (more…)

markcantwil-featuredimageAll this month, we’re putting the spotlight right square on local singer-songwriter, Mark Cantwil!  Together with his band, The Punch Drunk Heroes, Cantwil weaves his Americana roots of heavy topics and storytelling into a mix of high-energy alt-country and late 80’s and early 90’s rock. If you’re a fan of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, Chris Knight, Drive-By Truckers, or Van Morrison, then having a local act like Cantwil around is gonna make your year!

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albumcoverremoraComing August 8th to the Old Crow Bar in Middletown, Ohio, To No End, will be knocking the socks off of blues, indie, and alternative rock fans as they celebrate the release of their third full-length album, Remora!

Attendees will not only get to hear some of the coolest new music coming out of the Dayton area, they will also be privy to a live performance that is not to be missed!

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Mark Cantwil and Brett MullinsThe Americana Folk/Roots movement is well represented here in the Dayton area. The Miami Valley is bursting with amazing, young talent, including Dayton native, Mark Cantwil. Cantwil showcased his talents recently at Oddbody’s Music Room opening for North Carolina’s “Mipso”. The Wednesday night show was a welcome and much needed mid-week diversion!

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harpeth risingSince their formation in 2009, Harpeth Rising has been building a reputation by breaking down musical boundaries.

Their virtuosic instrumentals of banjo and violin mixed with cello and foot percussion create an exciting and unique blend of musical genres that include folk, rock, bluegrass, and roots music. Their original lyrics, conveyed through powerful three-part vocals, are both gritty and poignant.

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Since I started this column in 2003, I’ve received plenty of packages from career people realizing the lifelong dream of releasing their own CD. To be frank, these vanity projects are often not worth sharing with a wide audience.

Other times, something special comes along — such as “Dark Stretch of Road,” the debut album from Tim Tye. He is a 61-year-old attorney from Oakwood.

Tye recently discussed the stunning collection of roots-rock songs recorded at Refraze Studio in Kettering with producer Gary King and a musical collective dubbed Midnight Sky and featuring Paige Beller, Trey Stone, Tod Weidner and other local talent.

Local attorney explores Midnight Sky | www.mydaytondailynews.com.

There are so many GREAT local bands/performers playing in the Dayton area right now, and July’s featured band/artist contest brought the awesome local acoustic group, Higgins Madewell, straight to our attention!   This band has literally been blowing up the area with shows and deserve all the attention we can shower them with!

Higgins Madewell is an acoustic duet featuring Erin Higgins on vocals, guitar, violin, harmonica and percussion and Jeff Madewell on lead guitar, vocals, and percussion.  The overall style is mostly country at it’s roots, but it’s easy to hear the folk, bluegrass, blues and rock influences throughout their music, and they’ve been rocking the Dayton region since 2006.  Both musicians are seasoned veterans and well-known throughout the local music scene.   Erin has a beautiful voice with a lovely richness that floats over the music with ease and harmony, and Jeff’s backing vocals are the perfect compliment to Erin’s style.   Jeff also has some really tasty guitar work that fills in nicely (exactly where it’s supposed to) and showcases the broad diversity of their style and musical influences.  The percussion is minimal throughout but effectively placed through many years of honing their skills.  The overall production quality of their recordings is excellent and retains that “sitting round the campfire with friends having a great time” feeling!   Higgins Madewell has many upcoming shows in and around the Dayton region, including a great spot at the Miami Valley Music Fest on August 10th in Troy, OH, so hit them up on Facebook, show em some love with your music listens, buy a copy of their album, attend a show, and also check out Jeff as the host of the new local TV show, Miami Valley Music Scene, coming up in September!

Good English is a three-sister rock band from Dayton, OH whose musical style is reflective of the indie, roots, blues, and folk rock that has influenced its members.

Running counter to the usual young, girl-band stereotypes, the band’s authentic instrumentation and rich vocals proves their budding talent as musicians, while their original songwriting and irresistible grace and beauty makes them a powerfully appealing package. They know how to rock, and they carry themselves with a sense of poise and style that is well beyond their years.

Influences Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Best Coast, Wolf Parade, My Morning Jacket, Joan Osbourne, Shara Warden, etc etc.

 In 2011, Good English released their first EP entitled Take Control, and they’ve been rocking the Dayton scene ever since with close to 40 shows since their inception! They’ll be releasing their first full-length LP titled, Radio Wires, in both digital and physical formats late this summer. They’re also working on a video and another photo shoot for their upcoming album!

Upcoming Shows

  • July 13, 2013 : Oregon Express, Dayton OH
  • September 1, 2013 : Montgomery County Fair, Dayton OH 
  • September 28, 2013 : Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH : Oktoberfest

Find out more about “Good English” HERE, & follow them on your favorite social media!

Tune in your TV (or set your Tivo/DVR to record) ToddtheFox on 5/7/13 for WDTN’s program “Living Dayton” around the noon hour! (Roots/Americana/Bluegrass – Dayton, OH)      Tuesday at 12pm!
Click HERE for the event link!