A migrant Americana musician from Milwaukee, D.B. and his guitar, ‘Meal-Ticket’, have worked as a lounge singer on a cruise ship, a singing ranch hand near Austin, TX, and as a hobo musician for the Grand Canyon Railway, all the while writing and refining his original songs and performances. He is an entertainer, a poet, and a published novelist. He is currently sponsored by Kazoobie Kazoos.
An analog heart controlled by a digital brain at odds with the world.
The Missouri Ozarks is both home and backdrop to Mick Byrd, Missouri Arts Council Touring Performer and MO Blues Society, NSAI & TSAI member, who regularly performs at Nashville’s Bluebird Café on Songwriter’s Nights. An award from Billboard Magazine kicked off his music career in 1994. Nine recordings later, Mick brings fans an amazing array of original Progressive Country & his signature “Ozark Blues”.
–Mick & The Backroad Band, Joe Dunlap on lead guitar, & Ray Spiller on cajón, will keep your hands clapping & toes tapping!
“This artist delves into the very guts of what constitutes a well-written song and delivers, every time. He’s what true fans of independent, original music, covet and collect.” -Karen E. Reynolds, Host/Program Director, Writer’s Block, WDVX – Knoxville, TN
Clint Harding, retired radio host for community radio in St. Louis & Columbia, MO, says, “Every song comes with its own story (although rarely necessary to get the point), and when delivered in a relaxed south central Missouri drawl one can feel that this is what it must be like to sit around the cracker barrel on the general store porch on warm summer nights listening to the local storytellers.”
Mick has also released a special 2 song CD with The Chance and Gentle Souls benefiting Special Olympics Missouri with only enough left to sell at shows.
Neal Mehta has been involved in the music scene in Austin, TX for the last 20 years. As the singer of The Recliners, a popular Austin-based lounge band from the mid 1990s to early 2000s, Neal played throughout the U.S. and Europe, sharing the stage with artists such as Matchbox 20, Offspring, Social Distortion, Spoon, and Duncan Sheik. Neal also performed in several original rock and pop bands including Swirl, Corduroy, Halloway, Fairlight, and Fosskit No. 5.
Described as a “One-Woman Band” and “Solo Choir,” Charmaine views music as magical, essential, communal and healing. She believes in the power of soundwaves, and every moment of every show is crafted for that audience at that time. She sings about life, love, philosophy, quantum physics & Mark Twain. She has a 4-Track EP out called “Alchemy of the Heart, Part 1: Learning How to Pray.” Though she has a solid 2 hour repertoire of fun and moving piano and Ukulele originals, she also does a wide range of ukulele covers from punk, 90s alt, blues, pop, rock & rant. She is currently focusing on her ukulele repertoire and song writing.
The band formerly know as RIIL Chemistry is now the Gnarly!
Don’t let their ages fool you, these kids have serious chops, a passion to rock, and newest single Infinity ( as RIIL Chemistry on Soundcloud) to back it up.
RIIL formed in 2012, with the band writing and performing together for 6 years, until their drummer Isaac graduated and headed to college at UT Dallas. Enter new drummer Logan Greenberg , thus a new name and new songs. They have been rockin’ it everywhere from fundraisers, private parties and area festivals, to coffeehouses ( this begins year 5 of shows at the Cherrywood!) and bars, always turning heads when people realize it is a group of 17 and under teens making this joyful noise. Their sound veers from from punk to blues to straight ahead rock and roll with influences as diverse as Zeppelin and Hendrix to RHCP, The Strokes, MUSE and Beck ( they covers tunes by the latter 4 in their set!). The band will continue to perform some of RIIL Chemistry’s originals but are hard at work writing new material , with 3 new songs already in the mix.