The Gage Brothers
Randy Steffen, John Ford
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
This event is 21 and over
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The Gage Brothers
They say that when the planets align and the currents of fate swirl just so, that a band will be formed to pale all other bands. An astrologer was consulted in regards to The Gage Brothers, “The planets looked like a connect the dots puzzle when they started. A very easy one, and quite scattered about”. So we have come to terms with that… not all astrologers can be trusted.
The Gage Brothers started in March 2014 when two brothers, Ben and Zach Gage, spent a sunday afternoon kicking around old folk songs and singing some harmonies. From there the group has evolved naturally and quickly, gaining the reputation as one of the hardest working groups in their area. The Gage boys come from a large family nestled in the rural parts of northeast Ohio, and have grown up working hard, making music, eating healthy doses of mama’s cooking and making more music. Writing comes naturally to them both, and you will find that their straightforward lyrics and relatable songs capture their roots and spin tales that all walks of life can make their own.
Having released their first album in August 2015 (on their mom’s birthday, sweethearts) “Take It Back”, has gained them local attention and beyond. Making Cleveland Music City’s “The top 30 Albums of 2015”, album reviews with NPR 90.3 Ideastream and WAKR in Akron, OH, they have started to gather an audience eager to see where they go next.
The most exciting part of 2015 for The Gage Brothers was the befriending and acquisition of two of Cleveland’s most talented musicians. Brendan O’Malley (mandolin) and Chris Volpe (banjo) have joined forces with Ben and Zach to create The Gage Brothers 2.0. Now a four piece Americana band, they create an energy that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. “I can’t stop stomping my feet and clapping my hands, I tried, can’t do it” says a local kiss-up. Brendan and Chris have become honorary siblings, and the group can’t wait to share their talents and stories with its ever growing crowd.
Welcome to our family.
Randy Steffen is an Americana style singer and songwriter. He is based in Bellevue, Kentucky. From the room in which he writes he can see, through the fog and on, the Cincinnati, Ohio skyline.
He is embarking on a solo career, releasing an album with songs written by him and meant to pay homage to other American singer/songwriters, such as John Prine, James Taylor, and Jim Croche.
Randy was born and raised in the hills of southern Campbell County near Alexandria, Kentucky. It is here where he began writing songs at an early age, attempting to craft music in the likes of his childhood hero, Garth Brooks. After college Randy spent a few years in Nashville, TN learning the craft of writing a good song by taking songwriting courses at Vanderbilt University as well as hanging out and writing with other writers in town. He moved back to Northern Kentucky and started a band with his high school buddies, a rock and roll group called "The Sleepin' Dogs." The group put out two full length albums. Randy now performs and co-writes for a Cincinnati-based band called, "Wilder."
Look for his FIRST solo EP, "The Pinehurst Motel," due out in early June 2017. Click the "contact" link now for pre-sale details.
Few musicians have ever entered room 414 of The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio Texas – the hallowed ground where Robert Johnson recorded 16 out of his 27 songs in November of 1936. Singer/songwriter, John Ford was fortunate enough to spend a couple days there, in October of 2012, recording a collection of original & traditional blues songs. The yet to be released “Songs from Room 414” will be available in the spring of 2013.
Ford is a veteran of the Cincinnati music scene, playing classic rock, punk and alt country in various bands, influenced by everything from classic & college rock to country blues. currently playing a repertoire of self-composed American roots music. “I’ve been writing songs since my early teens” John explains, “Whether it be songs I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with. Many times people ask if I’m doing all original music; sometimes I do, depending on the venue, but sometimes it’s just an old Son House song or a new Chris Smither song that people have never heard, that I consider to be a great song.”
Over the past couple of years he has performed at “The Purple Fiddle” in West Virginia, “The Old Time Music Festival” in Metamora, Indiana & “The Bluebird Café” in Nashville, as well as many local Cincinnati venues including Fountain Square (Acoustic Thursdays) and The EdenSong Summer Concerts. In 2011, he put out his first solo EP, “Injection of the Blues” and is currently working on a couple other projects, including a song called “Ma Sibbi’s Chicken & Dumplin’s” with Katie Lauer lending her vocals.
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