The Line Up

WHITE IRON BAND

White Iron   shows combine lyrical accessibility and explosive musicianship to produce a rich experience for the head, heart, and legs.  Originally formed in Ely, MN, the heart of Minnesota’s northern Iron Range, by frontman Matt Pudas, keyboardist Eddie Juntunen,and guitarist Sammy Weyandt. Backed by a driving rhythm section with Jeff Underhill on drums and bass guitarist Andy Ferkinhoff accompanied by the tear in your beer undertones of Lee “Big Country” Martin on Pedal Steel guitar. The White Iron Band embodies the triumphs and struggles of the everyday man.  Their songs carry a tinge of the old cowboy legends canonized by the Highwaymen, with stories ranging from tales of love, pain, jail, work and whiskey. Now based in Minneapolis, the group has established a passionate and equally as rowdy fan-base throughout the Midwest and has traveled further to spread their unique mix of blues, country and Americana roots music.

White Iron shows combine lyrical accessibility and explosive musicianship to produce a rich experience for the head, heart, and legs.

Originally formed in Ely, MN, the heart of Minnesota’s northern Iron Range, by frontman Matt Pudas, keyboardist Eddie Juntunen,and guitarist Sammy Weyandt. Backed by a driving rhythm section with Jeff Underhill on drums and bass guitarist Andy Ferkinhoff accompanied by the tear in your beer undertones of Lee “Big Country” Martin on Pedal Steel guitar. The White Iron Band embodies the triumphs and struggles of the everyday man.

Their songs carry a tinge of the old cowboy legends canonized by the Highwaymen, with stories ranging from tales of love, pain, jail, work and whiskey. Now based in Minneapolis, the group has established a passionate and equally as rowdy fan-base throughout the Midwest and has traveled further to spread their unique mix of blues, country and Americana roots music.

 

THE HIGH 48’s

Since forming in northeast Minneapolis in 2006,   The High 48s   have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude.  They’re a band with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today, and one of the very few who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by M. Ward or the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe.  The High 48s are also a band of songwriters. Here, too, they take a modern approach, heeding the well-worn advice to writers: write what you know. Their songs ring true to their lives as northern city-folk rather than an imagined “sweet, sunny south” of coal mines and dark hollers.  In addition to keeping up a busy performing schedule, the High 48s are passionate about music education and in demand as instructors, teaching one-on-one, online and in workshops and jam camps around the country, including their now twice-yearly bluegrass jam camp for kids, Grass Seeds Academy.

Since forming in northeast Minneapolis in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude.

They’re a band with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today, and one of the very few who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by M. Ward or the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe.

The High 48s are also a band of songwriters. Here, too, they take a modern approach, heeding the well-worn advice to writers: write what you know. Their songs ring true to their lives as northern city-folk rather than an imagined “sweet, sunny south” of coal mines and dark hollers.

In addition to keeping up a busy performing schedule, the High 48s are passionate about music education and in demand as instructors, teaching one-on-one, online and in workshops and jam camps around the country, including their now twice-yearly bluegrass jam camp for kids, Grass Seeds Academy.

 

RION

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and writer Rion has always blended musical styles and eluded traditional category- he has toured internationally as an independent solo artist most recently in Brasil, Argentina and Chile. His voice is warm and powerful. His music full of passion, infectious rhythms and harmonious soul.

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and writer Rion has always blended musical styles and eluded traditional category- he has toured internationally as an independent solo artist most recently in Brasil, Argentina and Chile. His voice is warm and powerful. His music full of passion, infectious rhythms and harmonious soul.

 

KATY VERNON

Katy Vernon   was born and raised in London, UK, but in the past dozen or so years has established herself as one of the busiest musicians in Minnesota. Combining melodic pop/folk songwriting with her twangy Americana band.    Katy’s eagerly waited third record ‘Suit Of Hearts’ hits stores 5/17/19.

Katy Vernon was born and raised in London, UK, but in the past dozen or so years has established herself as one of the busiest musicians in Minnesota. Combining melodic pop/folk songwriting with her twangy Americana band.

Katy’s eagerly waited third record ‘Suit Of Hearts’ hits stores 5/17/19.

COLFAX

Colfax   is a guitar-driven funky jam band out of Minneapolis, MN that formed in 2004. With a tight sound and high energy, it’s clear the band members grew up together with a dream of making music. The new album - Get Lost Get Found - was released March 1st, 2011.  With an aggressive style of intricate grooves, this music will get you moving. Excellent rhythm section, wailin’ guitar solos, funky style and gritty vocals. A song will switch from heavy blues to melodic slow-motion, and then to slamming rock followed by other sonic twists.

Colfax is a guitar-driven funky jam band out of Minneapolis, MN that formed in 2004. With a tight sound and high energy, it’s clear the band members grew up together with a dream of making music. The new album - Get Lost Get Found - was released March 1st, 2011.

With an aggressive style of intricate grooves, this music will get you moving. Excellent rhythm section, wailin’ guitar solos, funky style and gritty vocals. A song will switch from heavy blues to melodic slow-motion, and then to slamming rock followed by other sonic twists.

 

GANG OF PICKERS

Gang of Pickers is a multi-Instrument Bluegrass/Folk band spanning a variety of genres, and musical styles. Well known for their high energy weekly Sunday afternoon gigs at Floyds bar in Victoria, MN.

Gang of Pickers is a multi-Instrument Bluegrass/Folk band spanning a variety of genres, and musical styles. Well known for their high energy weekly Sunday afternoon gigs at Floyds bar in Victoria, MN.

 

HAPPY TRUCKER - EMCEE

The Happy Trucker has been the voice of many local events, programs, concert series and The Happy Trucker Show on KBEK 95.5 FM, A live radio show that plays 'Songs That Don't Suck'.

The Happy Trucker has been the voice of many local events, programs, concert series and The Happy Trucker Show on KBEK 95.5 FM, A live radio show that plays 'Songs That Don't Suck'.

header.png